CYRIL SCOTT SONATA LIRICA
Editor's Choice Gramophone
"superb chamber recital"
"The whole collection is a most attractive expression of Scott's highly characteristic style, all wonderfully played. Clare Howick and Sophia Rahman are both superb"
International Record Review
"Sonata Lirica is a major find. In this world premiere performance, the composer is honoured by playing of some distinction: Clare Howick's consistency of tone and highly musical phrasing, make the best possible case for this work. There are other ostensibly lighter works here, all similarly well played ..." "Let us hope it [Scott's music] takes its rightful place in programmes, in which case this excellent disc will have played a valuable part in such restitution."
"Violinist Clare Howick and pianist Sophie Rahman explore the work of the groundbreaking British composer Cyril Scott, resulting in a sublime album of intensity and imagination that can only add to the duo’s growing reputation… Splendid throughout."
BRITISH WOMEN COMPOSERS
Editor's Choice Classical Music Magazine
"Superbly polished performances.."
Recording of the Month MusicWeb International
"For me this work (Poldowski) is the find of the year so far."
"This is a most worthwhile disk, containing music which should be heard. These works are nicely juxtaposed, in very fine performances that evince total commitment. The sound is excellent and the notes good. This isn't just for those of us who are passionate about British music, it’s for everyone interested in good music"
American Record Guide
"I love this reading of the Smyth sonata, a piece dismissed in the 1880s by Joseph Joachim as "unnatural, far-fetched, and overwrought". Had Joachim heard this reading, he would have probably have wanted to get his hands on the music immediately."
"The playing is simply spectacular."
"Howick possesses an interpretive personality equal to these expressive demands, producing a thick sound with a strong, steely core, while generating sound and fury in Smyth’s powerful surges."
"...Howick’s particularly ingratiating tonal suavity."
"Howick’s thick, rich tone suggests Oistrakh-like butterfat"
"...energetic yet suggestive performance, a great deal of fresh energy. Howick and Rahman play the Scherzo’s fragments with the aggressiveness and panache of two flamboyant knife-throwers."
"Howick expresses herself in the upper registers with the most attractive tonal purity."
"Ethel Barns’s miniature, La Chasse, allows Howick a moment of unabashed virtuosity"
"Recommended most strongly to collectors of this nevertheless still specialized repertoire and to those who have come to admire Howick’s championship, ardent and insightful, of British composers in general."
CYRIL SCOTT VIOLIN SONATAS
"It’s nice to see Naxos getting in on the action, especially when they are offering such gratifyingly engrossing performances as the ones we find here by young Clare Howick. Recommended!".
Specially Commended Albion Magazine
"The three sonatas are all superbly played by Clare Howick"
"Howick has a beautifully rich, dark tone which suits these pieces"
"...with playing of beguiling warmth and affection."
"Howick's tone waxes extraordinarily opulent"
American Record Guide
"Clare Howick and Sophia Rahman are first-rate interpreters and highly polished technicians."
British Classical Music: The Land of Lost Content
"All the music on this CD is played with conviction and sympathy...these works are given an absolutely ideal performance."
"These three Sonatas are all important and rewarding pieces that deserve to be in the repertoire."