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John Tallis 1911-1996 A Composer of his Time | Performed by Stefan Cassomenos


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This CD features music for piano (performed by Stefan Cassomenos), violin (Monica Curro), and soprano (Janet Todd), introducing a fascinating, undiscovered aspect of Australian compositional history.

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John Tallis was born in Australia at the end of the golden era before the world was ripped apart by the horrors of the First World War; his music reflects the optimism of the much vaunted, if unfulfilled, Second Elizabethan Age.

The most significant work here is the inventive and fresh three-movement Sonata, which has a French influence. Stefan Cassomenos handles the juxtaposition of left and right hand motives very skilfully, as well as the forward flow of the interesting links between phrases. And near the end the rapid passages in the left hand with the positive chords in the right hand. The Interlude is a delightful reverie, and the brilliant and scintillating Conclusion, with a big flourish at the end, would not have been out of place in a work by Ravel!
The Fantasy for violin and piano is based on two Aboriginal themes displays excellent rapport between the two instruments. Tallis has clad the inventive theme with a seamless development.

The CD includes a paraphrase of The Sentimental Bloke, also for violin and piano; a Suite in eighteenth century style, seven very short pieces for piano, incidental music to Marlowe's play Edward II, and three delightful songs sung by Janet Todd.

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