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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)