The Scottish violist Watson Douglas Buchanan Forbes (1909-1997) was one of the most eminent British musicians of the last century. His influence was widely felt through his activities as a soloist, chamber music player, teacher and coach. He was also the dedicatee of a substantial corpus of solo works written for him specifically or for the chamber music ensembles of which he was a member. However, he is perhaps best known throughout the string playing world as an arranger of music. Much of this is for viola, but his arrangements are also for violin, cello and several wind instruments.
“Like so many violists, as a young player I first encountered the name of Watson Forbes through his sets of arrangements. In 1989, at an eightieth birthday celebration for Forbes I finally had the pleasure of meeting the veteran violist. This meeting came about through my teacher John White, himself a pupil of Forbes. I am greatly indebted to John for his inestimable support and encouragement with this and countless other projects. I would like to dedicate this disc to him as a token of my gratitude for his friendship and guidance over many years.” Martin Outram
"...The viola and piano are perfectly balanced in a clear acoustic. There is great presence and everything sounds perfectly natural... It’s a very enjoyable CD."
John Whitmore - MusicWeb-International.com - 23 May 2012
"... Outram is the esteemed violist of the Maggini Quartet, great ambassadors for British chamber music. He’s also a well known soloist. Rolton is his duo colleague, and he too, as a member of the Chagall Trio, has done very fine things on disc and in recital. Together they are outstandingly successful in this repertoire, catching its moods and colours with great charm and sensitivity. An excellent booklet note and well judged recording balance helps no end. This is a really worthwhile salute to a splendid musician."
Jonathan Woolf - musicweb-international.com - 26 April 2012