for Two Violins R53
The world premiere
recording - hitherto unreleased - as heard on BBC Radio 3
Performers: Donald Scotts & Mary Nemet
Recorded in Australia, June 1982 by ABC
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more about the Sonata for Two Violins - click here
E. J. Moeran in the late 1920's
About this recording:
The Sonata for Two Violins,
written in 1930, has remained an elusive work for lovers of
Moeran. It is the only major instrumental work that's never
received a commercial release, and until now it's unlikely
that anyone has heard a professional recording of the piece.
For some time it was thought that the only surviving
score was probably the original manuscript, held in the archive
of Moeran's music in Melbourne, Australia, although a printed
copy has recently been unearthed in a British university library.
Meanwhile it is thought that the piece has not been performed
in public since the early 1950's.
Back in 1982, a series of recording sessions
took place in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
instigated by John Talbot, now in charge of making recordings
for the British Music Society. Three Moeran works were recorded
in these sessions - the First String Quartet, recorded by
the Melbourne Quartet (including Scotts and Nemet), the Violin
Sonata by Scotts, with Talbot at the piano, and the work presented
These three recordings were then offered to
Chandos, the British classical record company, who chose to
release only the Quartet and Violin Sonata. I strongly suspect
that the additional fifteen minutes of the Sonata for Two
Violins would have been too awkward a pairing for a vinyl
LP release at the time.
Since then the master recording has languished
in the vaults down under - until now! John Talbot retained
a copy on cassette, and having originally presented that recording
here further enquiries were made in Australia in an attempt
to find the master tapes. Following the permission of the
performers to make this recording freely available on the
Internet, ABC managed to unearth the original masters and
digital copies of these are now available exclusively from
This would appear to be a first - the world
premiere recording of a major classical work of a long departed
composer is made available only via the Internet. I'm sure
that, after downloading the files above, you'll agree it was
well worth it! Radio Three's CD Review programme certainly
thought it worth playing the 2nd movement when this page was
first put onto the Internet.
Finally a short postscript - Don Scotts' pedigree
in championing Moeran seems in no doubt by his recordings
both here and on the Chandos releases. However, you may not
know that he also played Moeran's Violin Concerto in the Australian
premiere performance back in the 1960's!
Recording ©2002 Scotts/Nemet/ABC/Andrew
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