DAVID COLLINS (b.1953): Works for Violin and Piano - Sonata, Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2, 7 invenzioni, Oriental Fantasy.
Catalogue Number: 11T062
Label: Sheva Collection
Reference: SH 175
Description: Collins had a rather irregular and sporadic start in music, which led to some early successes and even BBC broadcasts. The bulk of his career was in other fields, however, after which he returned to music more recently with a newly found individual voice in a succession of chamber works as represented here. His idiom is tonal and approachable, with a trenchant edge and a pleasing unpredictability. The First Sonata is in four movements, beginning with a lyrical first movement followed by an odd scherzo which begins in hesitant fragments but becomes increasingly frenetic. The slow movement is hymn-like, but leads into a finale which winds itself up into an energetic frenzy. The composer's transcription of his Oboe Sonata consists of a kind of chaconne followed by a vigorous toccata which unexpectedly turns bluesy half way through. The Second Sonata comprises a prelude in which the instruments strike sparks off each other, a static, melodic Air with a bell-like accompaniment, and a rhythmic finale in which the bells peal out again at the movement's climax. The Fantasy was inspired by Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities", borrowing a fragment of Monteverdi and presenting it sonorously and richly harmonised in several 'Oriental' styles. The Invenzioni are technical and expressive studies, invoking natural movement - of birds, light on water and so on. Duo Ardorè.