Jennifer Pike celebrates the release of her latest recording on Chandos in August 2020, joined by one of her regular musical partners, pianist Martin Roscoe. Following on from her successful album ‘The Polish Violin’ last year, Jennifer Pike now turns her attention to British repertoire, exploring the other side of her heritage with a new album of violin sonatas by Elgar and Vaughan Williams.
The programme was purposefully chosen by Jennifer to include both well-known and rare gems of violin repertoire that both hold a special place in British musical culture, and represent an essential part of her own musical identity: it was the music of Elgar that first drew her to the violin, and The Lark Ascending has featured in her programming - in many versions – throughout her career.
Gramophone Magazine recently reviewed the release:
"Jennifer Pike’s individual reading of the first movement [Elgar’s Violin Sonata] is of well-defined character elements: drama for the first subject … and a spellbinding tranquility for the main secondary idea… The exotic Romance is delicate and refined … Pike seems very much at home in the modal world of Vaughan Williams’s late Violin Sonata in A minor (1954), and she and Martin Roscoe negotiate the imaginative Fantasia structure of the first movement with verve and vigour. The intonation of the multiple-stopping is well-nigh flawless and the execution of the long melodic passages is carefully balanced and nuanced."
The disc entered the top 10 in the UK Classical Charts and Spotify's Classical New Releases, and Jennifer performed an extract from The Lark Ascending for Classic FM's National Portrait Gallery Sessions.