Vivid Viola: Best loved classical viola music

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Vivid Viola: Best loved classical viola music
Ladislav Kyselák, Hong-Mei Xiao, Roger Chase, Roberto Díaz, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinrich Koll (Violas)

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Release Date: Friday 1 November 2019

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The viola is only slightly larger than the violin but possesses a middle range that is richly expressive and full of pathos. It has been played by some of the greatest composers, including JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Dvorak- and the rise of virtuoso players in the 19th century encouraged composers to write ever more expressive works for the instrument, not least sonatas and concertos, such as those in this collection. The explosion of pieces written for it in the 20th century has ensured that the viola can now take center stage in the world's concert halls.


Telemann: Concerto TWV 51:G9 in G major for viola, strings & b.c .- II. Allegro

Bartók: Viola Concerto, BB 128, Sz. 120 - II. Adagio religioso

Bach, J S: Fantasia cromatica (after J.S. Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903)
4. Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: I. Allegro

Vieuxtemps: Viola Sonata in B flat, Op. 36 - II. Barcarolla

Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op. 16 - Sérénade d'un montagnard des Abruzzes à sa maîtresse

Hindemith: Sonata for solo viola (1937) - I. Fantasie

Beethoven: Duo for Viola and Cello in E-Flat Major, WoO 32, "Mit 2 obligaten Augengläsern" (With 2 Obbligato Eyeglasses) - Minuet

Schumann: Märchenbilder (4), Op. 113 - No. 1, Nicht schnell

Clarke, Rebecca: Viola Sonata - I. Impetuoso

Stamitz, C: Viola Concerto in D major Op. 1 - II. Andante moderato

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1 - IV. Vivace

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - Act I: Introduction (Arr. V. Borisovsky for viola and piano)

Enescu: Concertstück for viola & piano

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364 - III Presto

Walton: Viola Concerto - II. Vivo, con molto preciso