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A Tribute to Ralph Holmes

A Tribute to Ralph Holmes

Catalog Number: HTG228
Label: Heritage
Format: CD

Available: 4
Price: $11.99

A Tribute to Ralph Holmes

Works of Beethoven, Bartok, Bax and Delius

Previously unpublished BBC recordings

Track ListingTimeMP3
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin, Op. 24, The Spring
1Allegro7:20
2Adagio molto espressivo5:48
3Scherzo: Allegro molto1:09
4Rondo: Allegro non troppo6:41
Bartok: Sonata for Solo Violin (1944)
5Tempo di ciaccona9:40
6Fuga4:44
7Melodia6:42
8Presto5:09
Bax: Sonata No. 3 in G minor for Violin and Piano (1927)
9Moderato9:55
10Allegro molto9:22
11Delius: Lullaby for a Modern Baby (1922-23)2:30

Ralph Holmes died in 1984, aged 47, at the height of his powers as one of Britain's finest violinists. He has been forgotten too easily (though I vividly remember hearing towering performances as a schoolboy near Bournemouth, where he played regularly with the BSO) and judging by a recent CD tribute, curated by his friend and pianist Peter Dickinson, RH was 'irreplaceable' - as Vernon Handley described him.

Holmes studied at the Academy with David Martin, George Enescu in Paris and Ivan Galamian in New York. He was a revered professor at the Academy and played on one of our finest Strads. No violinist, arguably, has ever quite had the range of repertoire of Holmes " certainly not in this country " and this recital of previously unpublished BBC recordings of Beethoven, Bartok and Bax reinforces his genuine versatility. More than that, there is a warmth and uncompromising engagement which is profoundly moving. The ‘Spring’ Sonata is radiant and the Bartok Solo Sonata quite engrossing.

A fitting tribute, thank you, Prof Dickinson for refreshing our ears and minds with the achievements of a unique Academy figure.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principle, Royal Academy of Music