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Xiao, Kovács: English Works for Viola and Orchestra (24/48 FLAC)

Xiao, Kovács: English Works for Viola and Orchestra (24/48 FLAC)

Xiao, Kovács: English Works for Viola and Orchestra (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Arnold Bax, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Turner Walton
Performer: Hong-Mei Xiao
Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV
Conductor: János Kovács
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Delos
Release: 2017
Size: 706 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Bax: Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra in D minor

Walton: Viola Concerto
02. I. Andante comodo – con spirito
03. II. Vivo, con molto preciso
04. III. Allegro moderato

Vaughan Williams: Suite For Viola And Orchestra
05. Suite for Viola: Group 1, Prelude
06. Suite for Viola: Group 1, Carol
07. Suite for Viola: Group 1, Christmas Dance
08. Suite for Viola: Group 2, Ballad
09. Suite for Viola: Group 2, Moto perpetuo
10. Suite for Viola: Group 3, Musette
11. Suite for Viola: Group 3, Polka melancholique
12. Suite for Viola: Group 3, Galop

Recorded: 20, 22-25 June 2014
Recording Venue: Studio 22, Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary

The viola has long languished in the shadow of its smaller and more popular sibling, the violin. While it has been an essential ensemble and orchestral instrument, the viola has had relatively little music written for it in solo rolesin both the chamber and (especially) concerto genres. But owing largely to the influence of 20th-century English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis, a number of prominent English composers have been inspired to write new music for this overlooked instrument. Of particularly superb quality and appeal are the three viola works by Sir Arnold Bax, Sir William Walton, and Ralph Vaughan Williams presented in this lovely album. Internationally acclaimed viola virtuoso and teacher Hong-Mei Xiao performs these three remarkable works to perfection, with outstanding collaboration from distinguished conductor János Kovács leading the excellent Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV.

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