The Virtuoso Viola

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This is one of just a few collections of virtuoso viola music, but most of the great violinists also played the viola, and the album resurrects some little-known gems. Except for the Bach "Chromatic Fantasy" and Fritz Kreisler's "Praeludium and Allegro," all the music here was originally composed for the viola, even Arthur Benjamin's "Le tombeau de Ravel," which is better known in a version for clarinet. Despite the connections with violin music, the viola has its own idiom, emphasizing melody and tone more than finger acrobatics; the only two works really in the athletic mode are the "Sonata per la gran viola" by Paganini himself and the "Capriccio for solo viola" of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This is one of just a few collections of virtuoso viola music, but most of the great violinists also played the viola, and the album resurrects some little-known gems. Except for the Bach "Chromatic Fantasy" and Fritz Kreisler's "Praeludium and Allegro," all the music here was originally composed for the viola, even Arthur Benjamin's "Le tombeau de Ravel," which is better known in a version for clarinet. Despite the connections with violin music, the viola has its own idiom, emphasizing melody and tone more than finger acrobatics; the only two works really in the athletic mode are the "Sonata per la gran viola" by Paganini himself and the "Capriccio for solo viola" of Henri Vieuxtemps. More typical is the lovely "Pièce de concert" of Enescu, where the player must maintain a suavity of tone through passages involving an octatonic scale and other melodic novelties. The program introduces a worthwhile work from a forgotten composer, the Belgian pedagogue Joseph Jongen, whose "Introduction et Danse, Op. 102," is recital-ready. The performances by British-born violist Roger Chase and pianist Michiko Otaki, who also wrote the booklet notes in English, with each covering separate pieces rather than collaborating, are competent although rather restrained for the likes of Paganini. The sound environment of Britain's engineer-beloved Potton Hall is superb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313229376
  • Catalog Number: 8572293
  • Sales rank: 131,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Tombeau de Ravel for clarinet & piano, "Valse-Caprices" - Arthur Benjamin & Roger Chase (13:34)
  2. 2 Concert Piece, for viola & piano - George Enescu & Roger Chase (9:12)
  3. 3 Fantasia and fugue, for keyboard in A minor, BWV 904 (BC L136): Fantasia cromatica - Johann Sebastian Bach & Zoltán Kodály (7:24)
  4. 4 Introduction et Danse, for viola & orchestra (or piano), Op. 102 - Joseph Jongen & Roger Chase (7:34)
  5. 5 Capriccio for solo viola, Op. 55 (Op. posth. 9) - Henri Vieuxtemps & Roger Chase (3:20)
  6. 6 Elégie for viola or cello & piano, Op. 30 - Henri Vieuxtemps & Roger Chase (5:47)
  7. 7 Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3: [Excerpt] - Niccolò Paganini & Atar Arad (14:39)
  8. 8 Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Roger Chase (4:30)
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Roger Chase Primary Artist
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