Master Works for Strings

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Master Works for Strings
Martin Riseley (violin) with the chamber players of the New Zealand School of Music

[ Atoll Records / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 10 January 2012

Many of the works on this disc have been unavailable on CD for a long time: this is an important addition to the Lilburn discography. There is a "seriousness of intention in the careful crafting of the music into a sustained musical discourse".

"The music is both seriously beautiful and beautifully serious with an honesty that is totally without artifice. It is music that reveals itself slowly. It requires a serious approach by listeners and demands their full attention as the ideas unfold and grow. The string quartet is a perfect illustration whilst the violin and piano sonata also incorporates an element of whimsy as the violin dances around the piano in the most attractively delicious way. This sonata is chock-full of delightful melodies making for compelling listening. This disc is a real joy. The performers match their playing to their obvious commitment to the music of their worthy compatriot. A fine achievement altogether." (MusicWeb Dec 2014)


String quartet in E minor (1946) [19:45]
Sonata for violin and piano (1950) [13:20]
Duos for two violins (1956) [19:22]
Canzonetta No.1 for violin and viola (1942) [3:02]
Canzonetta No.2 for violin and viola (1943) [1:15]
String trio (1945) [15:54]