Matthew Jones (violin, viola), Annabel Thwaite (piano)
Benjamin Britten was a viola player as well as a pianist and wrote a significant body of chamber music for stringed instruments. The works on this recording - which contains important world premiere recordings - were written between 1925 and 1937, with the exception of the masterpiece for viola, Lachrymae. Each reveals some characteristic aspect of Britten's voice, from the variety and wit of the Suite for Violin and Piano, Op 6 to the little-known but absorbingly imaginative Reveille and the remarkably assured 1930 Elegy, written when he was just seventeen.
Britten Suite for Violin and Piano Op 6, Reflection, Reveille, Elegy, Two Pieces - The Moon, Going Down Hill on a Bicycle (A Boy's Song); Etude, Bridge (arr. Britten) There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook, Britten Valse in B major, Lachrymae Op 48 'Reflections on a Song of John Dowland'
Running Time: 1 hr 6 min
'Matthew Jones's playing of both instruments (violin and viola) enthrals. Annabel Thwaite's accompaniments, beautifully shaded and weighted, are on the same superb level.' (Chamber Choice of the Month BBC Music Magazine)