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CHAN 241-40 - Ireland: Chamber Works
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Ireland: Orchestral and Choral Works:
CHAN 10110(**)

Available From: 01 May 2008
This comprehensive two-disc collection is now re-released at the price of 2 for 1. Ireland’s chamber music is recognised as including some of his most profound and personal works. Lydia Mordkovitch plays the complete violin sonatas, accompanied by Ian Brown. The Strad commented on Mordkovitch’s performance, ‘her playing in the sonatas is quite superb and her interpretations so idiomatic’. The Penguin Guide awarded the discs 3 stars, and wrote, ‘the two Violin Sonatas are both superb… masterfully played here by Lydia Mordkovitch with Ian Brown’. In the passionately intense Piano Trio No. 3, a larger chamber work, Ireland also demonstrates that he could develop striking, memorable themes. Completing the set is a recording of the Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and piano, performed by Gervase de Peyer and Gwenneth Pryor.

John Ireland, whose life and music balanced on the cusp between the 19th and 20th centuries is often overlooked in favour of his contemporary Elgar and their more progressive colleagues in Europe. But this set is quite an Aladdin’s cave, revealing an imaginative and very personal musical style. The distinguished Russian string players prove Ireland’s strongest advocates, taking the music as seriously a Shostakovich and performing with conviction; try the eerie beginning of the Trio No.2
Classic FM

These skilled authoritative performances go back to 1982 and 1993; and in this re-mastering the sound is clear, warm and vibrant.
American Record Guide

Those who think Ireland’s music is all face-to-the-wall English melancholy should try the seriously impressive Second Violin Sonata and Second Piano Trio, both wartime-inspired. Strong accounts
BBC Music Magazine


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