[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 13 January 2023
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Timothy Ridout gives us the opportunity to discover the splendid viola version of Elgar's famous Cello Concerto - an arrangement approved by the composer, who conducted its premiere in 1930. In addition to this deeply moving work, he gives us a powerful, poetic reading of Bloch's all too rarely performed Suite for Viola and Orchestra, in which the Swiss composer indulged his fascination with the Orient.
"Ridout is a strong, personable player whose deft handling of the Scherzo and heartfelt playing of the Adagio make the concerto's central episodes exceptionally memorable." Gramophone Editor's Choice Feb 2023
Gramophone Award WINNER 2023 - Concerto
"Ridout's account of the opening movement is full of richly rhapsodic playing , although the viola suggests more of a wistful musing than the deeper, elegiac contemplation possible on the cello." BBC Music
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 (Arr. for Viola and Orchestra by Lionel Tertis)
BLOCH: Suite for Viola and Orchestra, B. 41