Sherwood: Works for Cello and Piano
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Percy Sherwood: Complete Works for Cello and Piano

Catalogue Number: TOCC0145
EAN: 5060113441454
Release Date: 25 June 2012
Duration: 80:22

Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 10
Drei Stücke, Op. 14
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 15
Fünf kleine Stücke

Joseph Spooner, cello
David Owen Norris, piano

The Anglo-German composer Percy Sherwood, born in 1866, seems to have slipped through the cracks of history, although he has an impressive output of orchestral, chamber, choral and instrumental music to his credit. He was once an important figure in his native Dresden, where he owned an imposing villa, but after moving to Britain at the beginning of the First World War he faded from view and by the time of his death in London in 1939 his music was as good as forgotten. This first CD in a series of Sherwood recordings – the first-ever dedicated to his music – reveals a major lost Romantic, with a style that is both lyrical and passionate.

Booklet texts   (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 80:22
1-3 Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 10 (1891)

Percy Sherwood, composer
Joseph Spooner, cello
David Owen Norris, piano

(first recording)
28:29
1 I. Allegro moderato 11:07 play
2 II. Adagio ma non troppo 10:41 play
3 III. Finale: Presto 6:41 play
4-6 Drei Stücke, Op. 14 (?1900)

Percy Sherwood, composer
Joseph Spooner, cello
David Owen Norris, piano

(first recording)
11:08
4 No. 1 Legende: Andante 6:00 play
5 No. 2 Intermezzo: Allegretto, teneramente 1:19 play
6 No. 3 Saltarello: Presto 3:49 play
7-10 Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 15 (1900)

Percy Sherwood, composer
Joseph Spooner, cello
David Owen Norris, piano

(first recording)
26:40
7 I. Allegro vivace 11:16 play
8 II. Legende: Andante semplice ed espressivo 3:16 play
9 III. Minuetto: Allegretto grazioso 4:01 play
10 IV. Finale: Allegro molto 8:07 play
11-15 Fünf kleine Stücke für Cello und Pianoforte (1886-87)

Percy Sherwood, composer
Joseph Spooner, cello
David Owen Norris, piano

(first recording)
14:05
11 No. 1 Molto moderato 3:13 play
12 No. 2 Menuett: Grazioso, non troppo allegro 1:58 play
13 No. 3 Adagio 4:05 play
14 No. 4 Andante 2:06 play
15 No. 5 Serenade: Andantino 2:43 play

Artists

Percy Sherwood

Percy Sherwood, composer

Joseph Spooner

Joseph Spooner, cello

David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris, piano

Reviews

A brilliant introduction to Percy Sherwood’s rediscovery

[…] not just very well-written, but so full of fire and character and with individuality all its own. Music of this kind needs such a cellist of character to bring it to life and here we are particularly fortunate that Joseph Spooner responds to this music with total dedication and passionate commitment, combined with a distinctive cello sound and personality which brings out all the inherent qualities. He is partnered by the ever-supportive and imaginative David Owen Norris in the fine acoustics os Southampton University […]. A particular bonus is the fulsome booklet note from Joseph, which amounts to a mini-biography in itself ( I have never seen so many footnotes – 55!). An excellent bargain and a brilliant introduction to Percy Sherwood’s rediscovery.

Michael Jones BMS News January 2013

A sterling disc of discovery

A long time champion of lesser known cello repertoire, Joseph Spooner deserves great credit for taking the time and effort to give us loving performances of the selections here. Along with pianist David Owen Norris' sympathetic accompaniment, he makes this a sterling disc of discovery. Made at the University of Southampton's Turner Sims Concert Hall in England, the recordings present a compact soundstage with the two instruments ideally balanced. The cello tone is glowing, and the piano well rounded, making for an exceptionally musical sounding disc.

Bob McQuiston Classical Lost and Found 7th November 2012

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