Violinist Jennifer Pike and pianist Martin Roscoe previously recorded a recital of French violin sonatas; this disc of music by two English masters is even finer. Both sonatas come from late in their composers’ careers. Elgar wrote his in a burst of creative energy at the end of the First World War (after an aborted earlier attempt) and Vaughan Williams composed his at 80, four years before his death.

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The notes suggest Elgar’s work is a lament for the passing of the Edwardian era. If so, there is nothing maudlin about it. Both the opening Allegro and the third (final) movement have an urgency to them, a Brahmsian intensity even in the lyrical moments, which is searingly captured in this...

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