Moto perpetuo Elgar
Salut dAmour, Op.12 Handel
Violin Sonata in F, Op.1/12 Horovitz (arr. Jones/Miller)
Paguera (from Two Majorcan Pieces for clarinet and piano) Kreisler
Schön Rosmarin Massenet
Thais Meditation Morris (arr. Jones/Miller)
Hwiangerdd Mair [Marys Lullaby] Mozart
Violin Sonata in G, K301 Paganini
The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals) Schubert
Die Biene Sibelius
Romance, Op.72/2 Traditional (arr. Jones/Miller)
Ar hyd y nos [All Through the Night]
Gwyr Harlech [The March of the Men of Harlech]
Bugeilior Gwenith Gwyn [Shepherding the White Wheat]
Nos Galan [Deck the Halls]
Louise Jones (violin)
Malcolm Miller (piano)
CD No: SAIN SCDC 2089 Duration: Reviewed: April 2002
Jones & Miller on Sain
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse
A winner from among recent miscellanies of shorter pieces, Salut dAmour gets the balance right between sonatas, transcriptions and encores.
Mozarts G major Sonata is among his most ingratiating Louise Jones letting the mellifluous Allegro speak for itself (with Malcolm Millers spirited interplay a delight), and pointing-up the gentle wit of the Allegretto. Two movements from Handels F major Sonata, an elegant Adagio and lively Allegro, have a lightness of touch to make one regret that the whole work was not included.
On the title track, Joness limpid phrasing conveys sentiment without sentimentality. Carl Bohms Moto Perpetuo has quickfire virtuosity, Paganinis Cantabile an appealing melodic eloquence. The Bee is a sparkling bagatelle by the other Franz Schubert, while Sibeliuss wistful Romance is a reminder of his innate feel for the violin. The elegant Liebeslied and insinuating Schön Rosmarin represent Fritz Kreisler, doyen of encore writers, both given with winsome expression.
Jones includes her arrangements of five popular Welsh songs. The disc opens with a forthright rendering of All Through the Night, making particularly effective use of the descant melody in the final verse as do resolute accounts of The March of the Men of Harlech and Deck the Halls. Marys Lullaby, originally composed by Haydn Morris, has an understated charm, and Shepherding the White Wheat an affecting poignancy. The transcription of Saint-Saënss The Swan retains the musics placidity if not its warmth, while Marsicks effective reduction of Massenets Meditation avoids any cloying overtones. Joseph Horovitzs Paguera makes for an entertaining and evocative conclusion.
Recorded with a believable violin-and-piano perspective, this is a disc programmable in part or playable as a whole either option yields repeated rewards.