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Tasmin Little plays Franck, Faure & Szymanowski,

Tasmin Little, vln, Piers Lane, pf

Tasmin Little plays Franck, Faure & Szymanowski

CÉSAR FRANCK - Sonata, M 8 (1886)
GABRIEL FAURE - Romance, Op.28 (1877)
KAROL SZYMANOWSKI - Sonata, Op.9 (1904)


CHANDOS  /  CHAN 10940

 
The Strad Magazine
Tasmin Little plays Franck, Szymanowski, and Fauré
A powerful, strongly performed recital from an outstanding duo

To sound its finest, Franck’s chromatically charged, sensually alluring Sonata requires playing of devoted intensity, and that is precisely what it receives from Tasmin Little and Piers Lane. Throughout the languorous opening allegretto, they entwine their phrases with a pulsating seductiveness that is shattered by the second movement’s explosive, hurtling momentum. Here, Lane’s fearless and headlong negotiation of Franck’s notoriously tricky writing allows Little to soar aloft with captivating emotional abandon. Rarely has the explosion of A major radiance that crowns the finale been sounded with such life-affirming incandescence. Fauré’s Romance, which tantalises with its noble restraint, forms the interlude before Szymanowski’s distinctive brand of intoxicating exoticism takes hold.
The Franck-inspired Sonata shows the 22-year-old composer flexing his creative muscles with gleeful exuberance, and here Little and Lane hurl themselves into the fray with carefree delight, achieving a beguiling frisson seldom captured under studio conditions. By 1910 (when the op.23 Romance was composed) Szymanowski had developed into an Scriabinesque expressionist with a penchant for ecstatic melody, a tendency developed still further in the Notturno e Tarantella, which rethinks the Sarasate–de Falla prototype with a Debussy-like flair. It receives another gripping performance from this outstanding duo, captured in luxuriant sound of bracing physical projection.
Julian Haylock
 
Gramophone Magazine

Tasmin Little plays Franck, Szymanowski, and Fauré
It occurred to me while listening to this sensitively planned programme that the vintage violinist who Tasmin Little most reminds me of is Alfredo Campoli in his prime, by which I mean parallel degrees of warmth, tonal bloom, agility and a feeling of oneness with the instrument that spins the illusion that for the duration she is the violin. These are wholesome, red-blooded performances, direct and deeply satisfying, with no lack of imagination, the Szymanowski Sonata (1904) audibly reflective of both Brahms and Schumann, though the ethereal glitter that fills the composer’s later output edges around much of the canvas.
Little’s rapport with the superb Piers Lane strikes home right from the sonata’s passionate opening. As a team they pull out whatever stops are necessary to make the music work, although no one could claim that this D minor essay is on the same artistic level as, say, the Mythes or the mysterious Notturno e Tarantella of 1917 that ends the programme. Here Little adjusts her approach to accommodate the other-worldly aspects of Szymanowski’s more mature muse, switching to a slim, sinewy sound for the introduction then digging deep for the main body of the piece, navigating the textures with plenty of sensual tone.
Franck’s Sonata was a wedding present from the composer to the violinist-composer Ysaÿe and once again Tasmin Little and Piers Lane chart love’s course from the sophisticated romance of the opening Allegretto ben moderato to the near-operatic candour of the Recitativo-Fantasia with conviction, the finale opening with an appropriately breezy smile. The Franck is tailed with Fauré’s barcarolle-like Romance of 1877, music infused with a deep sense of nostalgia, whereas the Szymanowski sonata is followed by a rather darker and more expressively outreaching Romance (1910), which he dedicated to his friend the violinist Paul Kochanski and which Little invests with considerable intensity.
As to a final reckoning, I’d still recommend Alina Ibragimova with pianist Cédric Tiberghien as prime representatives of the numinous in Szymanowski’s violin chamber repertoire but the disc under review achieves a fine balance of interpretative qualities and is much to be recommended. I note with interest that Tasmin Little is scheduled to record Szymanowski’s two violin concertos and on the evidence of what we have here I’m confident that we shan’t be disappointed, provided she’s granted top-notch orchestral support.
Rob Cowan

 
   
The Observer
The selling point here may be the Franck Sonata for violin and piano, but the less familiar repertoire – Fauré’s Romance Op 28 and three works by Szymanowski – makes its own case in these impassioned performances by violinist Tasmin Little and her regular pianist Piers Lane. All their discs for Chandos include duo works that deserve to be better known. Szymanowski’s Sonata Op 9 (1904), expansive and romantic with some of the grandeur of Franck’s sonata, has energy and poetry. The second movement, with its yearning melody and mawkish pizzicato interventions, beguiles and charms. Little is one of the most open-hearted players around, with a watertight virtuosity to match. These are direct and generous performances to savour.
Fiona Maddox
 
   
Classical Ear

Such dazzlingly assured, unflinchingly communicative music-making, this, vividly captured by the microphones.

César Franck's adorable Violin Sonata comes up as fresh as new paint in this urgently expressive and memorably flexible performance by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane. It's the opening item on their latest disc for Chandos and is followed by a no less sympathetic rendering of Gabriel Fauré's Romance in B flat major, a charming morsel completed in 1877. The rest of the programme is given over to three works by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), the most ambitious of which comprises the early (1904) D minor Violin Sonata, a big-hearted creation, like the Franck cyclical in form, and boasting an especially endearing, gorgeously songful slow movement with a deliciously playful pizzicato interlude at its heart. The soaringly lyrical Romance (1910) evinces a strong kinship with the composer's Second Symphony from the previous year, while the Notturno e Tarantella (1917) serves up an intoxicating feast of heady voluptuousness and headlong virtuosity. Such dazzlingly assured, unflinchingly communicative music-making, this, vividly captured by the microphones. Excellent news, too, that Little has already set down both of Szymanowski's glorious violin concertos with Ed Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – a mouthwatering prospect!
Andrew Achenbach

 
   
British Violin Sonatas,
Volume 2
Tasmin Little, vln, Piers Lane, pf
British Violin Sonatas, Volume 2
Bliss - Sonata for Piano and Violin
Bridge - Sonata for Violin & Piano
Ireland - Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor
Lloyd Webber, W - The Gardens at Eastwell (Premiere recording)
Vaughan Williams - Romance & Pastorale for violin & piano


CHANDOS CHAN10899
 
BRAUNFELS, Walter
Vol.3
Walter Braunfels Vol. 3:
Don Gil von den grünen Hosen Suite/Konzertstücke/Die Vogel/Serenade/Don Gil Prelude [SACD HYBRID] stereo only

Dutton Epoch CDXL7327
 
SCHUBERT Chamber Works
Schubert Chamber Works
Tasmin Little, violin
Piers Lane,
Tim Hugh

Chandos  /  CHAN 108502
PRESTO Classics
WILLIAMSON, Malcolm
Complete Piano Concertos

Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003)
The Complete Piano Concertos
Piers Lane (piano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley (conductor)

Hyperion / CDA68011/2

BACH, MENDELSSOHN, DEBUSSY, MARTINU etc
 

LORNA McGHEE, Flute
"The Hour of Dreaming"
with Piers Lane, piano

BEEP Records B00NHREL3K
 
PIERNÉ
Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41

LOUIS VIERNE
String Quartet in D minor Op 12
GABRIEL PIERNÉ
Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41
Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet
Hyperion CDA68036
MOZART
Piano Concerto No 22 in E-flat major, KV482

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22
Piers Lane (Piano)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra / Johannes Fritzsch, conductor

ABC Shop PLU 348182
MOZART
Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, KV491

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22
Piers Lane (Piano)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra / Johannes Fritzsch, conductor

ABC Shop PLU 348190
PIERS LANE goes to town
 
IRR 'OUSTANDING' AWARD
Piers Lane goes to town
Piers Lane (Piano)

Hyperion / CDA67967
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BERLIOZ - Harold in Italy
 
The Berlioz, is a tour de force of both arrangement and execution.
© BBC Music Magazine

LISZT, F.: Berlioz - Harold en Italie / Romance oubliee / ROGER, K.: Viola Sonata (P. Dukes, P. Lane)
NAXOS 8.573011
   
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ALNAES & SINDING
 
Four Stars ****
BBC Music Magazine
July 2007


The Romantic Piano Concerto - 42
Alnæs & Sinding
PIERS LANE piano
BERGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
ANDREW LITTON conductor

Hyperion / CDA67555
ARENSKY & TANEYEV:
Piano Quintets
Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor Op 30
Arensky: Piano Quintet in D major Op 51
Piers Lane with the Goldner Quartet


Hyperion / CDA67965
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BACH
Piano Transcriptions - 3
[with transcriptions by Friedman,
Grainger & Murdoch]
Hyperion / CDA 67344
Still to be released, but already available from Hyperion
BACH/Eugen D'ALBERT
Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 8 – Eugen d'Albert

Hyperion / CDA67709


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BLOCH
 
 
Issue 12/07
ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959)
Piano Quintets
GOLDNER STRING QUARTET
Piers Lane, piano

Hyperion / CDA67638
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BRAHMS
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Three String Quartets & Piano Quintet
PIERS LANE piano
THE NEW BUDAPEST STRING QUARTET

Hyperion / CDD22018
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BRAHMS
Piano Quintet in F minor Op 34
with the New Budapest Quartet
Hyperion /  CDA 66652

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BRIDGE

JUNE 2009 BBC Music Magazine
RECORD OF THE MONTH
Piano Quintet H49a
String Quartet No 4 H67
Three Idylls H188
with the Goldner String Quartet
Hyperion /  CDA 67726
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British Violin Sonatas,
Volume 1

BRITTEN
Howard Ferguson: Sonata No. 2, Op. 10 (1946) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Benjamin Britten: Suite, Op. 6(1934 – 35) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Sir William Walton: Sonata (1947 – 49) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Chandos  /  CHAN 10770
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BUSCH, William
Piano Concerto
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by
Vernon Handley
Lyrita / SRCD 320

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D’ALBERT
Piano Concerto No 1 in B minor Op 2
Piano Concerto No 2 in E Op 12
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by
Allun Francis

Hyperion / CDA 66747
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D’ALBERT


Sonata in F sharp minor Op 10
Scherzo & Intermezzo from Klavierstücke Op 16
Acht Klavierstücke Op 5
Serenata
Capriolen

Hyperion CDA 66945
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DELIUS SONGS


April 2007 BBC Music Magazine

25 songs
Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Piers Lane (piano)

Hyperion / CDA67594

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DELIUS
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
FINZI
Piano Concerto in C minor
Piano Concerto in C
Eclogue Op 10
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by
Vernon Handley
EMI Eminence 
CD EMX 2239
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DELIUS


"Quite exceptional performances"
Classic CD 9/97
Sonata in B op.posth.
Sonata No.1.
Sonata No.2.
Sonata No.3.
with Tasmin Little, violin
Conifer / 75605513152
 
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DELIUS
Violin Sonata in B Op Posth
Violin Sonata No 1
Violin Sonata No 2
Violin Sonata No 3
with Tasmin Little, violin
BMG Conifer / 75605 51315 2
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DELIUS
Prelude and Duet from Margot La Rouge
arr. Maurice Ravel
from Irmelin arr.Florent Schmitt
CD: Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss Husum 1998 Festival

dana cord digital / DACOCD 519
 
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DELIUS
IRELAND
IRELAND

Piano Concerto (1897) - original version
Piano Concerto in E flat major (1930)
Legend for piano & orchestra (1933)
Ulster Orchestra
conducted by David Lloyd Jones
Hyperion / CDA 67296

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DVORÁK
Piano Quintets
Goldner String Quartet, Piers Lane (piano)

Piano Quintet No 1 in A major, Op 5
Piano Quintet No 2 in A major, Op 81

Hyperion / CDA67805
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ELGAR
Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84
Vellinger Quartet
EMI Eminence / 
CD EMX 2229

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Released:
July 2011
ELGAR
Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet play Elgar

Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83
Goldner String Quartet
Elgar: Mina Piers Lane (piano)
Elgar: Laura Valse Piers Lane (piano)
Elgar: Impromptu Piers Lane (piano)
Elgar: March in D major Piers Lane (piano)
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
Piers Lane (piano), Goldner String Quartet

Hyperion / CDA 67857
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British Violin Sonatas,
Volume 1
FERGUSON
Howard Ferguson: Sonata No. 2, Op. 10 (1946) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Benjamin Britten: Suite, Op. 6(1934 – 35) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Sir William Walton: Sonata (1947 – 49) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Chandos  /  CHAN 10770
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GRAINGER

Rambles and Reflections

Grainger's concert transcriptions of music by other composers
Hyperion / CDA67279

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HENSELT
Douze Études caractéristiques de concert Op 2
Poème d'amour Op 3
Douze Études de salon Op 5

Hyperion / CDA67495

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KULLAK
DREYSHOCK
Piano Concerto in C minor Op 55
Piano Concerto in D minor Op 137
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Niklas Willén
Hyperion / CDA 67086


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LISZT, Franz.:
(Philip. Dukes, viola; Piers Lane)
Berlioz - Harold en Italie, S472/R138
Romance oubliee, S132/R467a
Roger - Viola Sonata, Op. 37, "Irish Sonata"

Naxos: Catalogue No: 8.573011
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MOSCHELES
Characteristic Studies Op 95
Deux Études Op 98
Deux Études Op 105
Quatre Grandes Études de Concert Op 111
Grande Étude de Concert Op 126
Hyperion / CDA 67394

MUSSORGSKY
STRAVINSKY
BALAKIREV
Pictures at an Exhibition
Three Movements from Petrushka
Islamey - oriental fantasy
EMI Eminence  / CD EMX 2213

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PARRY
STANFORD
Piano Concerto in F sharp
Piano Concerto No 1 in G Major
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Martyn Brabbins
Hyperion / CDA 66820
Hyperion
PIERS LANE GOES TO TOWN
Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.
Hyperion / CDA67967
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PADEREWSKI
MOSZKOWSKI
Piano Concerto in A minor Op 17
Piano Concerto in E Op 59
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk
Hyperion / CDA 66452
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SAINT-SAËNS
Complete Etudes
Hyperion /  CDA 67037

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SCRIABIN
Complete Etudes
Hyperion /  CDA 66607

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SCRIABIN
Complete Preludes
Hyperion / CDA 67057/8

STANFORD
 
 
 
Piano Quintet in D minor Op 25 (1887)
with the RTE Vanburgh Quartet
Hyperion / CDA67505



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STRAUSS
Piano Transcriptions
Hyperion / CDA 66785

STRAUSS / RESPIGHI
Richard Straus: Violin Sonata, Op. 18 (TrV 151) (1887)

Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata, P 110 (1917) and
from Sei pezzi, P 31 (1901-05)


CHANDOS
/ CHAN 10749
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T K MURRAY
Rannoch Moor

Chamber Music with Piano
Play Acting
Rannoch Moor
Piers Lane (piano)

PANDA / PP0205

 
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VIRTUOSO VIOLIN
Works by Kreisler, Brahms, Sarasate etc.
with Tasmin Little, violin
EMI Eminence / CD EMX 2196

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THE VIRTUOSO CLARINET

Michael Collins (clarinet) - Piers Lane (piano)
Works by Weber: Grand Duo concertant - Messager: Solo de concours - Rachmaninoff: Vocalise - Gershwin: Three Preludes - Milhaud: Scaramouche - Giampieri: Il carnevale di Venezia - Lovreglio: Fantasia on La traviata - Milton: Carmen Fantasy.


CHANDOS / CHAN 10615
British Violin Sonatas,
Volume 1
WALTON
Howard Ferguson: Sonata No. 2, Op. 10 (1946) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Benjamin Britten: Suite, Op. 6(1934 – 35) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Sir William Walton: Sonata (1947 – 49) for Violin and Piano (Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane)
Chandos  /  CHAN 10770
WAXMAN
Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra,
Legends of Hollywood - ‘The Paradine Case’
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Robert Mills
Varese-Sarabande /  USD 5242