William Primrose Recital Volume 2

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William Primrose Recital Volume 2

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111383

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd Jan 2012

Barcode:

0747313338320

Length:

74 minutes

Medium:

CD

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William Primrose Recital Volume 2

Original 1934-52 Recordings


Bach, J S:

Komm süsser Tod, BWV478

arr de Tar

Benjamin, A:

Sonata for Viola & Piano (1942)

Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Marian Anderson (contralto)

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 11 'O Welt, ich muß dich lassen'

Handel:

Sonata in E, Op. 2, No. 9: Adagio

Keyboard Suite, HWV 432 in G minor: Passacaille

arr Halvorsen

Harris, Roy:

Soliloquy and Dance

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 5 in A minor

arr Primrose

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 13 in B flat major

arr Primrose

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 17 in E flat major

arr Primrose

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 24 in A minor

arr Primrose

Schubert:

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

arr de Tar


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Considered the first really modern violist, legendary Scottish musician William Primrose first came to prominence with the violin in the 1920s, turning to the viola on the recommendation of his greatest mentor, Eugène Ysaÿe. This programme includes four Paganini Caprices, which did more than any other of Primrose’s recordings to spread his fame among his peers, as well as two major works written especially for him: Arthur Benjamin’s Sonata, and Roy Harris’s Soliloquy and Dance. Primrose performs here with numerous noted accompanists, and alongside Jascha Heifetz in Halvorsen’s Passacaglia. This is the second of two volumes, the first of which is on 8111382.

The recorded legacy of William Primrose is well known, but newly re-mastered editions from our Historical catalogue always generate interest. The sonic results with this recital by ‘absolute stars’ (MusicWeb International on 8120607) producer David Lennick and restorer Graham Newton makes this the new standard bearer for these legendary recordings. This release joins volume one on 8111382 to make an eminently collectable pair.

Nicolo Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (arr. W. Primrose for viola and piano) (excerpts)

24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 24 in A minor (arr. W. Primrose for viola and piano)

George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in E major, Op. 2, No. 9, HWV 394: Adagio

Trio Sonata in E major, Op. 2, No. 9, HWV 394: Adagio

Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille)

Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, susser Tod, BWV 478 (arr. V. de Tar for viola and organ)

Komm, susser Tod, BWV 478 (arr. V. de Tar for viola and organ)

Nicolo Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (arr. W. Primrose for viola) (excerpts)

No. 13 in B flat major

No. 5 in A minor

Johannes Brahms: 2 Gesange, Op. 91

No. 1. Gestillte Sehnsucht (Longing at Rest)

No. 2. Geistliches Wiegenlied (Virgin's Cradle Song)

Johannes Brahms: 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122: No. 10. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (arr. W. Primrose for viola and organ)

11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122: No. 9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen (arr. W. Primrose for viola and organ)

24 Caprices, Op. 1 (arr. W. Primrose for viola and piano) (excerpts)

24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 17 in E flat major (arr. W. Primrose for viola and piano)

Franz Schubert: Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. V. de Tar for viola and organ)

Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. V. de Tar for viola and organ)

Arthur Benjamin: Viola Sonata

I. Elegy

II. Waltz

III. Toccata

Roy Harris: Soliloquy and Dance

Soliloquy

Dance

BBC Music Magazine

April 2012

*****

“Distinguished, passionate and virtuoso playing from a great viola player”

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