Paul PATTERSON (b. 1947) Violin Concerto No. 2 (‘Serenade’)
Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929–1988) Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra, Op. 12
Gordon JACOB (1895–1984) Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
Clare Howick, Violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Grant Llewellyn
These three major British concertos span fully 70 years. Kenneth Leighton’s Concerto is a work of tensile urgency, scored with great imagination, and ending in an arch-like Epilogue of impassioned intensity. Written for soloist and string orchestra, the Concerto by Gordon Jacob contains at its heart a threnodic slow movement cast in long, moving paragraphs and accompanied by poetic effects.
Written for (and premiered by) the soloist in this recording, Paul Patterson’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (‘Serenade’) is rich in high spirits; songlike, wistful and exuberantly sparkling.
Clare Howick’s interest in 20th-century British violin repertoire has resulted in a number of premieres and recordings. Her Naxos recordings of violin works by British Women Composers, Cyril Scott’s Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–3, and British Music for Violin and Piano have received Editor’s Choice in Classical Music magazine, Recording of the Month on MusicWeb International, and Recommended Recording on BBC Radio 3 Record Review.
Howick has an extensive concerto repertoire, including Patterson’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (‘Serenade’) which was composed for her, and has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to her solo and chamber performances, at venues including the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, she
has broadcast on the BBC, in the US, Canada and New Zealand.
• Clare Howick is a specialist in twentieth-century British music and her recital of British violin music – Elgar, Bridge, Delius, Cyril Scott – was released last September 2017 (8573790).
• Clare Howick gratefully acknowledges the loan of the ‘Maurin’ Stradivarius 1718 from the Royal Academy of Music for this recording. This violin was played by Frederick Grinke, the dedicatee of the Leighton and Jacob concertos, for the premiere performances of these works in 1953.
• Her disc of music by British Women Composers was a MusicWeb International Recording of the Month (8572291) and strongly recommended by Fanfare: “to those who have come to admire Howick’s championship, ardent and insightful, of British composers in general.”
• Her excellently received disc of Cyril Scott’s violin sonatas should also be pushed (8572290). The American Record Guide wrote: “Clare Howick and Sophia Rahman are first-rate interpreters and highly polished technicians. Excellent booklet notes as usual from Naxos.”
• The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has appeared in several recording of British orchestral music on Naxos, one of which is Alan Rawsthorne’s Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with violinist Rebecca Hirsch. The Penguin Guide gave it 4 stars and was also nominated for a Gramophone Award.
|Release Period||December 2017|