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MCLEAN, M.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / SCHUMANN, R.: Marchenbilder / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Viola Sonata, Op. 147 (Fantasy and Farewell) (Myers)

MCLEAN, M.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / SCHUMANN, R.: Marchenbilder / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Viola Sonata, Op. 147 (Fantasy and Farewell) (Myers)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Michael Francis

Conductor

Michael Francis

Soloist

Roger Myers

Soloist

Venue:

Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom

Venue

Record Label
Delos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 66:39
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MCLEAN, M.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / SCHUMANN, R.: Marchenbilder / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Viola Sonata, Op. 147 (Fantasy and Farewell) (Myers)

     
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MICHAEL MCLEAN

 

Suite for Viola and Orchestra

 
1 I. Prelude 5:29
2 II. Passacaglia 7:06
3 III. Chorale 6:28
 Roger Myers Soloist
     
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113

 
4 I. Nicht schnell 3:25
5 II. Lebhaft 3:28
6 III. Rasch 2:28
7 IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck 4:59
 Michael Francis Soloist
     
 

VLADIMIR MENDELSSOHN

 

Viola Sonata, Op. 147 (arr. V. Mendelssohn)

 
8 I. Moderato 10:50
9 II. Allegretto 7:01
10 III. Adagio 15:25
 Michael Francis Soloist
     
 Michael Francis Conductor


Throughout its history, the viola has served primarily as an ensemble instrument, with its solo applications largely restricted to recital music like solo sonatas or other works with piano. Mainstream composers through the ages have indeed written fine concertos or other works for viola and orchestra, but they are (for various reasons) quite uncommon compared to concertos featuring more “glamorous” instruments like piano or violin. While some of their creators have also reworked their creations into piano versions, the reverse process – converting original piano parts into orchestral scores – is almost unheard of … until now.
 
In this – violist Roger Myers’ first album on Delos – our artist offers the remarkable fruits of a “new formula” to expand the limited repertoire for viola and orchestra: well-known chamber masterpieces by Robert Schumann (Märchenbilder) and Dmitri Shostakovich (the Sonata for Viola and Piano: his final work) that have been skillfully transformed into impressive and colorful orchestral works. Myers commissioned the third work (Suite for Viola and Orchestra) from composer Michael McLean (who also orchestrated the Schumann) in memory of his mother. The Schumann and the McLean are presented here in world premiere recordings. Myers, a violist of international renown, offers exceptional performances that combine deep feeling, glowing tone and stunning virtuosity. He collaborates here with the legendary London Symphony Orchestra under the sensitive baton of Michael Francis.

"... The Australian violist Roger Myers is an excellent player, and the London Symphony sounds spectacular."

Elaine Fine - American Record Guide - September/October 2013




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