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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, July 2015

The performances throughout are excellent, as is the recorded sound. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

During the first half of the 20th century British music received scant acclaim in its homeland, and even less elsewhere, a whole generation almost lost to posterity. Thankfully the recording industry has come to its aid, and in the last fifty years it has unearthed so much that had seemed doomed to obscurity. Here we have half a disc devoted to William Wordsworth, a highly prolific composer born in London in 1908 and who did enjoy modest success in his lifetime. I suppose we could liken him to Hindemith in following a personal path that did not pander to commercial strictures. Largely tonal in concept, his Second Cello Sonata is short in duration and looks towards a time when music would assimilate atonality without the upheavals of the Second Viennese School. For the cellist it is a highly demanding score that often sends it high in the stratospheres where intonation becomes problematic. Though often accompanying the piano input is also a robust partner. The Nocturne and Scherzo came from the years after the Second World War, and were among his encore style pieces, this section of the disc completed with a readily likeable Bach influenced unaccompanied Cello Sonata from 1961. Better known is Josef Holbrook whose extensive output included the Fantasie-Sonate, a poetic score that at times is quite melancholic, before its joyful conclusion. Finally to William Busch whose sad life is recounted in the booklet. His Suite is a fine work that marries together the instruments in equal proportions, the two short pieces that follow are overtly charming in a modern idiom, Raphael Wallfisch, who has been the ideal guide throughout the disc, captures the touching sadness that closes the Elegy. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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