From Bohemia to Wessex

Cello Music from the Twentieth Century

Lionel Handy, cello & Nigel Clayton, piano

Various composers


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Lionel Handy shows a very wide range of cello tone in these works. […] It is cello heaven. Nigel Clayton’s playing is also terrific.
Amazon review (July 2014)
Peter Thompson’s Sonatina for Cello and Piano, from the disc From Bohemia to Wessex, is a fine example of tonal British music written in the 1980s. It is intelligent without being grating and is infused with rich and brooding British landscape. Try playing the slow movement, Andante sostenuto (4½ mins).
Julian Farmer

Fand Music Press is delighted to have played a major role in the inception of the latest CD from the highly acclaimed cello and piano duo of Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton, featuring a couple of world-première recordings of music published by Fand.

The meatiest work on the disc is the monumental Cello Sonata of Fand composer John Barton Armstrong. This rarely-performed masterpiece, which the composer considered to be one of his most important works, has occasionally been heard in radio broadcasts, but is receiving its first commercial recording on this CD.

The second piece to receive its first recording on this CD is by another Fand composer, Peter Thompson: his Cello Sonatina was written, coincidentally, in the same year as the Barton Armstrong Sonata (1981).

Finally, the third work on the CD is the Cello Sonata no 2 by Bohuslav Martinů; Lionel Handy and Nigel Clayton have already recorded his Sonata no 1 on a previous CD. The Cello Sonata no 2 is a stylistically pivotal work, being one of the first pieces written by Martinů after his arrival in America.

The CD itself is another particularly high-quality production: it shares a similar presentation to its preceding disc, BAX: Works for Cello and Piano, including a lavish 12-page full-colour booklet and top-quality presentation throughout (see sample images and track samples below). A must for anyone who bought the companion Bax CD!

Peter Thompson’s Cello Sonatina, as recorded on this CD, has generously been made available, with suitable accompanying imagery, as a set of videos on YouTube, as presented below:

Thompson: Cello Sonatina (CD tracks 5–7 in a playlist)

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  Composer Title Performer(s) Total duration
VariousFrom Bohemia to Wessex
Cello Music from the Twentieth Century
Lionel Handy, cello & Nigel Clayton, piano
Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
# Composers Work Movement Performer(s) Duration
1John Barton ArmstrongSonata for cello and piano (1981)Lionel Handy, ’Cello,
Nigel Clayton, Piano
2Bohuslav MartinůSonata no 2 for cello and piano (H286, 1941)   I: Allegro00:08:09
3  II: Largo00:07:31
4 III: Allegro commodo00:05:37
5Peter ThompsonSonatina for cello and piano (1981)   I: Allegretto flessibile00:03:34
6  II: Andante sostenuto00:04:24
7 III: Allegro feroce00:01:59

Catalogue code: SLV1011Published: 7th May 2014
Entry last updated: 4th May 2014