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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
III. Furiant: Molto allegro
IV. Coda: Andante maestoso
Frederick Delius: Violin Sonata No. 3 (arr. L. Tertis for viola and piano)
II. Andante scherzando - Meno mosso
III. Lento - Con moto
Frank Bridge: 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
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)
“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”
“[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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