Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

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by Eliesha Nelson
     
 

Even though Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works presents a respectable number of short character pieces and diversions, the selection of greatest interest is the "Viola Concerto" (1948), surely the strongest reason to listen to this impressive debut release by violist Eliesha Nelson. She makes a powerful argument for thisSee more details below

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Even though Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works presents a respectable number of short character pieces and diversions, the selection of greatest interest is the "Viola Concerto" (1948), surely the strongest reason to listen to this impressive debut release by violist Eliesha Nelson. She makes a powerful argument for this brooding neo-Classical concerto's entry into the viola's repertoire, performing with unflagging energy and sustained lyricism throughout a work that scarcely gives the soloist a rest. Composed in a style that seems to employ Stravinsky's quirky harmonies and Copland's modality, and featuring the laconic counterpoint that typifies much of Porter's mature music, the "Viola Concerto" is nonetheless quite accessible and enjoyable, if not exactly lovable for any memorable melodies or colorful orchestration. Still, this is a major work for violists to consider adding to their small body of concertos, because the solo part is especially challenging and rewarding. The remainder of the program is filled with short works for viola in pairings with piano, harp, or harpsichord, in duet with violin, and unaccompanied, and the writing is more varied and perhaps more ingratiating in these pieces for both the performers and listeners. Dorian's reproduction is fairly dry and airless in the "Viola Concerto," but the sound opens up in the chamber recordings with attractive resonance and spaciousness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479091123
catalogNumber:
90911
Rank:
108366

Tracks

  1. Viola Concerto  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  -  Northwest Sinfonia  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  2. Speed Etude  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  3. Duo for viola & harp  - Quincy Porter  - Doug Rioth  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  4. Suite for viola solo  - Quincy Porter  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  5. Blues Lontains for flute (or viola) & piano  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  6. Poem for viola & piano  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  7. Duo for viola & harpsichord  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson
  8. Duo for violin & viola  - Quincy Porter  - John McLaughlin Williams  - Randy Rodriguez  - Herbert Elwell  - Eliesha Nelson

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