Viola

April 23, 2013, 7:00 pm

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This week we’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for this “inner voice”. The viola is the middle sister of the stringed instruments, sitting between the violins and the cellos, and playing in a clef written devised just for her. The viola is often misunderstood and mistaken for a “larger violin” or sometimes either forgotten about or made the butt of jokes. But, the viola sings with a dark richness that composers loved! Mozart, Brahms, and Dvorak, to name just a few composers, played the viola, and oh, Hindemith did too. And these composers, plus many more figured out how to let this instrument have her day in the sun with concertos, tone poems, and orchestral solos. Listen and you too will fall in love with this instrument.

Playlist

Episode 1

Telemann: Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel; Deuter, vla.
Archiv 463074
10:49

Vivaldi: Concerto in d minor, RV. 540, II & III
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Jones, vla. d’amore; North, lute
HM 907230
6:47

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, II & III
European Brandenburg Ensemble/Pinnock
Avie 2119
9:53

Stamitz: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in D Major, III
Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn/Faerber; Wallfisch, vla.
Vox 5148
4:27

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, I
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
12:33

Dittersdorf: Menuetto II fr. Sonata for Viola and Double Bass
Chang, vla.; Fuller, db.
Musical Arts Society 41592
2:26, :47

Episode 2

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, II & III
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
17:42

Mendelssohn: Sonata for Viola and Piano in c minor, II
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
6:29

Weber: Andante and Rondo Ungarese for Viola and Orchestra in C minor, J 79
Solistes de Moscou-Montpellier Chamber Orchestra/Caussé; Caussé, vla.
EMI 54817
9:14

Paganini: Terzetto concertante for Viola, Cello and Guitar in D major, II
R. Diaz, vla.; A. Diaz, vc.; Grey, g.
Dorian 90237
4:56

Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16 (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
6:46

Guastavino: La Rosa y El Sauce
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 1975
2:15

Episode 3

Berlioz: Harold in Italy (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
:39

Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major, II
Pasquier Trio and Friends; Pasquier, vla.
HM 1951073
10:17, :42

Brahms: “Gestillte Sehnsucht” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op.91, No. 1
Ferrier, alto; Gilbert, vla.; Spurr, p.
Lon 433477
5:11

Brahms: Sonata in f minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1, III
Tertis, vla.; Cohen, p.
Pearl 9918
4:17

Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2, I
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 457068
8:28

Bruch: Concerto in e minor for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra, I
LSO/Francis; King, cl.; Imai, vla.
Hyperion 66022
7:31

Joachim: Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9, I
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
3:56

Brahms: “Geistliches Wiegenlied” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op. 91, No. 2
Norman, alto.; Christ, vla.; Barenboim, p.
DG 449965
6:10

Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin, Op. 55 No. 4
Imai, vla.; Pöntinen, p.
Phil 446103
1:56

Episode 4

Bloch: Suite Hébraïque, No. 1- Rhapsodie
Imai, vla.; Pontinen, p.
Phil 446103
6:46

Debussy: Trio for Viola, Flute, and Harp
Wilson, fl.; Neubauer, vla.; Allen, hp.
Delos 3167
16:36

Vaughn Williams: Flos Campi
Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Choir/Mar; Riddle, vla.
Chan 6545
20:57

Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole (excerpts)
Dreyfus, vla.; McDonald, p.
Bridge 9016
3:38, 2:16

Episode 5

Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher, III
San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt; Walther, vla.
Decca 000201102
9:12

Bartók: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (excerpt)
Budapest Symphony/Ligeti; Golani, vla.
Conifer 189
10:35

Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, I & II
Royal Phil/Previn; Kennedy, vla.
EMI 749628
13:07

Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano, I
Westphal, vla.; Swann, p.
Bridge 9109
7:41

Feldman: The Viola in My Life, Part III (excerpt)
Phillips, vla.; Tudor, p.
New World 80657
2:36

The Who: Baba O’Riley (excerpt)
MCA
1:21

Alison Krause & Union Station: Man of Constant Sorrow (excerpt)
Rounder
1:07

Grainger: The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
Coletti, vla.; Howard, p.
Hyp 666687
3:46