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Martin Outram (viola), Laurence Jackson (violin) & Julian Rolton (piano)
“Here is a stunningly coordinated reading of urgent drive, bold contrasts and edge-of-seat drama reminiscent of dedicatee Lionel Tertis's even fleeter 1929 recording with the composer and manages to knock more than four minutes off that of their transatlantic rivals. It's sensationally exciting in its way, but there's no escaping the fact that others convey the greater bardic poetry and affectionate warmth. Although a tad dry, Naxos's sound is accommodating.
Reservations evaporate in the flamboyant Concert Piece (1904) and wintry Legend from 1929, both convincingly done, and proceedings conclude with the 1906 Trio in one movement for piano, violin and viola. In his autobiography Farewell,My Youth, Bax witheringly refers to it as 'a derivative and formless farrago', but the 'Irish' skip some five minutes in is characteristic. This dashing performance has real fire in its belly and strikes me as every bit the equal of Naxos's own rival version (see below) from Robert Plane and colleagues where the viola part is assigned to the clarinet (an option authorised by the composer).
Don't let my minor niggles concerning the sonata deter you. Expertly annnotated by Lewis Foreman, here's a release that all Baxians should check out.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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The Tertis Tradition
Music for Viola & Piano
Viola-player Roger Chase and his accompanist Michiko Otaki follow Roger’s pioneering Dutton Epoch recording of viola concertos by Stanley Bate and W H Bell (CDLX7216) by celebrating the Tertis tradition, again playing Lionel Tertis’s own Montagnana viola. Here we have music by Arnold Bax, York Bowen, Sir Arthur Bliss, Edmund Rubbra and Vaughan Williams. Bax’s Concert Piece, his early passionate encounter with Ireland, and the two Melodies by Bax’s friend York Bowen are ripely romantic and lyrical effusions, contrasting with the virtuosic, coruscating Sonata by Bliss, and Rubbra’s calmly soaring Meditation on a Byzantine Hymn ‘O Quando in Cruce’.
“...strikingly full and rounded, with at times an almost cello-like breadth.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****
“…Chase and his recital partner, Michiko Otaki, forge a most stylish, intuitive alliance throughout… a very likeable and thoroughly recommendable anthology.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010
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