Violin Sonata in F, Op.24 (Spring) Fauré
Apres un reve Gluck
Präludium und Allegro Mozart
Sonata for piano and violin in E minor, K304 Traditional (arr. Jones)
Dafydd y Garreg Wen [David of the White Rock]
Lisa Lan [Fair Lisa] Vitali
Chaconne in G minor
Louise Jones (violin)
Kathron Sturrock (piano)
CD No: SAIN - SCD-4058 Duration: Reviewed: April 2002
Jones & Sturrock on Sain
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse
Few debut recitals outlive their function as calling-cards for the artist in question, but that by Louise Jones is one such. The programme is arranged so that the two sonatas enclose a variety of encores and transcriptions.
Mozarts Sonata in E minor his only minor-key work for the medium is distinguished by the pathos of its Allegro and wistfulness of the Menuet that follows. Jones responds to these qualities in full measure, above all in her limpid rendering of the latters brief but affecting trio.
Jones herself contributes transcriptions of two Welsh folksongs - the evergreen David of the White Rock, with its vein of pensive melancholy, and the timeless and ethereal Fair Lisa. Tomaso Antonio Vitalis Chaconne in G minor puts the violin through its paces in a cumulative if protracted sequence of variations. Jones responds with no mean agility, but sounds more involved in Kreislers Präludium und Allegro among his more substantial miniatures, despatched with incisive bravura. Glucks Mélodie has a suitably elegant restraint, while Faurés plaintive Apres un reve avoids mawkishness through Joness subtly varied use of vibrato.
While Joness account of Beethovens Spring Sonata is not revelatory in an interpretative sense, it savours the works freshness of expression to the full. The Allegro, with its indelible opening melody, is thoughtful yet never inhibited, while the closing Rondo has a decidedly lyrical resolve. Even finer are the hushed intensity of the Adagio, violin and piano dovetailing in perfect accord during the final bars (throughout the disc, Kathron Sturrocks pianism is exceptional), and the urbanity of the brief but characterful Scherzo.
Sound is excellent throughout, with the balance between violin and piano so often difficult to manage in the studio a model of its kind. A debut recital of uncommon maturity and insight.