Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479091123
  • Catalog Number: 90911
  • Sales rank: 224,412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Viola Concerto - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (20:16)
  2. 2 Speed Etude - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (2:29)
  3. 3 Duo for viola & harp - Quincy Porter & Doug Rioth (10:15)
  4. 7–10 Suite for viola solo - Quincy Porter & Randy Rodriguez (7:48)
  5. 8 Blues Lontains for flute (or viola) & piano - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (6:46)
  6. 9 Poem for viola & piano - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (4:31)
  7. 10 Duo for viola & harpsichord - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (10:10)
  8. 14–16 Duo for violin & viola - Quincy Porter & John McLaughlin Williams (11:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliesha Nelson Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Virtuoso violist

    Eleisha Nelson establishes her status as a viola virtuoso in her new album, "Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works." Her warm tone, unerring pitch and technical brilliance shine in this recording of the alto voice of the string section. Porter's work demands extensive double stops, harmonics and rhythmic syncopation indicative of the Jazz era, which Nelson delivers with artistry. Especially entertaining is the short "Speed Etude." The "Suite for Viola Alone" is worth the price of the album. This recording should grace the collection of all string enthusiasts.

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