English Viola Sonatas

English Viola Sonatas

by Julian Rolton
     
 

For his first full-length Naxos recording, English violist Martin Outram has turned in a disc called English Viola Sonatas with works by Gordon Jacob, John Ireland, Malcolm Arnold, Frederick Delius, and Lennox Berkeley. Three of the works were written for the viola, but two are transcriptions ofSee more details below

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For his first full-length Naxos recording, English violist Martin Outram has turned in a disc called English Viola Sonatas with works by Gordon Jacob, John Ireland, Malcolm Arnold, Frederick Delius, and Lennox Berkeley. Three of the works were written for the viola, but two are transcriptions of cello sonatas, both of which are heard here in their world-premiere recording. Ireland's sonata was transcribed by the great English violist Lionel Tertis, and Delius' sonata was done by Outram himself. In every work, Outram proves a stylish and sincere player, with a tone like an alto's and a technique like a diva's. In the difficult works, Arnold's closing Presto feroce, for example, Outram is resolute and inexorable, while in the more poetic works like Ireland's Poco largamente, he is smoothly and sensitively expressive. Outram is confidently accompanied by pianist Julian Rolton. The sound is perhaps too cool, but still vivid. This disc belongs on the shelf with Naxos' earlier issue in this series, featuring violist Eniko Magyar in works by Bliss, Delius, and Bridge.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313220878
catalogNumber:
8572208
Rank:
344253

Tracks

  1. Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 22  - Lennox Berkeley  - Martin Outram  - Julian Rolton
  2. Sonata for cello and piano, RT viii/7  - Frederick Delius  - Martin Outram  - Julian Rolton
  3. Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 17  - Malcolm Arnold  - Martin Outram  - Julian Rolton
  4. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor  - John Ireland  - Martin Outram  - Julian Rolton

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