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feat. Berlioz, Schumann, Shostakovich, Walton & Bach
"Established string quartet seeks a first violinist, a second violinist, and a cellist…"
There are hardly any other instruments and instrumentalists who are made fun of more often than the viola and viola players. The viola, though, is an instrument which captivates with its dark and mysterious, passionate and quite virtuosic sound. The viola is the alto cousin of the violin, a little bigger and tuned one fifth lower. For many years it wasn't popular as a solo instrument, being simply rather big and requiring much more effort and stretch to the fingers to play. But from 1740 violas which were more compact began to be made and so they found more acceptance. The composer Hector Berlioz, for instance, recognised the viola "among all the orchestral instruments as the one whose outstanding qualities were misconceived the most". Eventually he impressively demonstrated this in his composition "Harold in Italy" for Solo Viola and orchestra. In this collection we'd like to share with you some of the many facets of the wonderful sound of this instrument - as a magical teller of tales by Schumann, dancing, in both a lively and a grandiose manner, through Bach, in Shostakovich's melancholic and painful reflections on life, and full of romance in Walton's great concerto. We think the viola is absolutely worth being the centre of attention.
An introduction to Berlioz — Harold en Italie op. 16
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Hector BerliozValery Gergiev, Antoine Tamestit, London Symphony Orchestra — 2013
An introduction to Shostakovich — Viola Sonata op. 147
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Dmitri ShostakovichIsabelle van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam — 1992
An introduction to Bach — Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 6 BWV 1051
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Johann Sebastian BachAntoine Tamestit, Rachel Roberts, Ghislaine Zipperling, Rainer Zipperling, Quirine Viersen, Hiroaki Aoe, Lars Vogt — 2008
An introduction to Walton — Viola Concerto
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William WaltonLars Anders Tomter, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Paul Daniel — 1995
An introduction to Schumann — Märchenerzählungen op. 132
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Robert SchumannNobuko Imai, Janet Hilton, Roger Vignoles — 1989