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George Lloyd: Music for Violin and Piano

Tasmin Little (Violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano)


Lloyd's works for violin were written in the late 1970s and were the outcome of his renewed interest in the instrument. As a result of his war injuries he had been unable to play: the muscles and nerves of his left hand had become partly uncontrollable and remained that way until his general health improved many years later.  For over 30 years he had almost no contact with musicians, with the exception of pianist John Ogdon, and his need for direct contact with sound other than what was in his head led him to take his fiddle out of its case at to see what would happen. He said himself that playing once again became an obsession, and despite the great difficulties in trying to regain an adequate technique, love for the violin completely devoured him. The result was a considerable amount of violin music, much of it unaccompanied, which he later destroyed. 


This Air for Violin is a simple cantilena, reminding us that the violin is above all an incomparable singing instrument.  This was Tasmin Little’s first commercial recording, made in 1989.


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Requiem Cover 

George Lloyd - Requiem - Audio Track

Lux Aeterna from Requiem for Princess Diana 

For Counter-tenor, choir and organ

George Lloyd's last work, completed a few weeks before his death  

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George Lloyd - Symphony  No 10 - Audio Track

'Calma'  from 'November Journeys'

For 13 Brass instruments

Written after a train journey through England, visiting various cathedrals.  

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George Lloyd - Road through Samarkand  - Audio

for two pianos


George Lloyd writes: "During the summer of 1972 I wrote a number of piano pieces. I had been watching the yellow-robed, shaven-headed, chanting, bell-ringers dancing up and down Oxford Street, London.On the title page of "The Road through Samarkand"  I added, "...with burning hearts they danced their way from Calais to Calcutta, but what did they find?". 


The boisterous Road through Samarkand is a splashy and highly inventive toccata, written as a bravura solo piece for virtuoso John Ogdon, who gave the premiere performance in New York in 1972. The piece has been brilliantly expanded for the present performers, It has catchy syncopated touches but ends disconsolately (although with a final surge of energy) as the travellers fail to find salvation in the East.

Played by Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow 


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