The English Viola

Naxos: 8572407

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The English Viola

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8572407
(8.572407)

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th Oct 2009

Barcode:

0747313240777

Length:

66 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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The English Viola


Bliss:

Viola Sonata Op. 91

Bridge:

Allegro appassionato (H82)

Serenade

Souvenir

Gondoliera

Pensiero

Norse Legend

Berceuse

Delius:

Violin Sonata No. 3

arr. Tertis, 1932


Eniko Magyar (viola) & Tadashi Imai (piano)

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The viola, with its plangent tone, subtle sonority and lyrical qualities, is often overshadowed by its more brilliant-sounding sibling, the violin.

An accomplished violist himself, Frank Bridge wrote little solo music for this instrument; only the Pensiero and Allegro appassionato were published in his lifetime, the other works on this disc being the composer’s arrangements of some of his violin pieces.

Similarly, Delius’s Third Violin Sonata is heard here in an effective arrangement by the celebrated violist Lionel Tertis, the dedicatee of Bliss’s expressive Viola Sonata.

“A violist of the highest calibre”. Yuri Bashmet

Arthur Bliss: Viola Sonata

I. Moderato

II. Andante

III. Furiant: Molto allegro

IV. Coda: Andante maestoso

Frederick Delius: Violin Sonata No. 3 (arr. L. Tertis for viola and piano)

I. Slow

II. Andante scherzando - Meno mosso

III. Lento - Con moto

Frank Bridge: Allegro appassionato

Allegro appassionato

Frank Bridge: Serenade (arr. for viola and piano)

Serenade (arr. for viola and piano)

Frank Bridge: Souvenir (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Souvenir (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Frank Bridge: Gondoliera (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Gondoliera (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Frank Bridge: Pensiero

Pensiero

Frank Bridge: Norse Legend (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Norse Legend (arr. L. Jacobs for viola and piano)

Frank Bridge: Berceuse (arr. for viola and piano)

Berceuse (arr. for viola and piano)

Gramophone Magazine

May 2010

“Magyar gives a most compelling interpretation...[a] marriage of youthful vigour and songful grace...Magyar and Imai are utterly convincing protagonists of all this attractive material”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2010

****

“[Magyar] extracts a near cello-like weight of tone; in the extreme top register, the fullness and purity of the sound is remarkable; and wherever possible, she finds a lovely range of light and shade.”

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