British Cello Works
Four works by British women, including the first complete recording of Ethel Smyth's unpublished first cello sonata.
'The Music throughout sounds immaculately prepared, played with considerable skill by Lionel Handy and his splendid accompanist, Jennifer Hughes. Lyrita's sound is warm and beautifully realised. A very fine disc' Gramophone Magazine
'Intense and well-judged performances of music by British women' The Strad
'A fascinating quartet of cello-piano duos spanning a period of seismic shifts in music...Lionel Handy and Jennifer Hughes are warmly persuasive' BBC Music Magazine
'Handy and Hughes are articulate, expressive and playful exponents...The performances are malleable, sympathetic and stylistically assured...consistently superb and beautifully balanced' Music Web International
'A great disc!' Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3
Ireland, Delius and Bax: Cello Sonatas
Three sonatas for cello and piano, including Handy's own arrangement of Delius's 3rd violin sonata for cello.
'Lionel Handy forges a compelling partnership with Jennifer Hughes, whose piano playing is sensitive and strongly defined...exquisitely realised by both artists.' The Strad
'Need not hesitate to explore this new disc for it offers fresh insights on two wonderful sonatas and an entirely new perspective on a third' Arnold Bax Website
'This thoughtfully curated programme is all the more successful for the utter commitment and seductive playing of Handy and Hughes' Music Web International