Berlioz: Harold en Italie

Berlioz: Harold en Italie

by Philip Dukes
     
 
Philip Dukes' recital of music for viola offers one celebrated work for the instrument and two less familiar pieces, one of which receives its world-premiere recording on this Naxos release. Originally written for viola and orchestra, but performed here in Franz Liszt's arrangement for viola and piano, Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" was based in part on

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Philip Dukes' recital of music for viola offers one celebrated work for the instrument and two less familiar pieces, one of which receives its world-premiere recording on this Naxos release. Originally written for viola and orchestra, but performed here in Franz Liszt's arrangement for viola and piano, Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" was based in part on Lord Byron's poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, as well as on experiences Berlioz had while visiting the country. While it is cast in the form of a symphony with an obbligato viola part, it is regarded as somewhat closer to a concerto in its demands, and its program of picturesque incidents and colorful scenes influenced the symphonic poems of Liszt. Following "Harold in Italy" is a short piece by Liszt, based on a song, "Oh! pourquoi donc," but developed into a reverie that is quite attractive for its plaintive melody. The "Viola Sonata" of Austrian composer Kurt Roger, which appears on CD for the first time, is richly tonal and quite lyrical, reflecting the post-Romantic style that influenced him. Dukes and his accompanist, Piers Lane, give passionate and committed performances of all three pieces that emphasize the viola's vibrant timbres, and the piano is a little recessed in the recording to give Dukes center stage.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313301171
catalogNumber:
8573011
Rank:
311682

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Romance oubliée, for viola (or violin, or cello) & piano, S. 132 (LW D16)
  2. Harold in Italy (I & II), transcription for piano & viola (after Berlioz, Op. 16), S. 472 (LW D5)

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