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BERLIOZ, H.: Harold en Italie / PAGANINI, N.: Sonata per la Grand Viola (D.A. Carpenter, Helsinki Philharmonic, Ashkenazy)

BERLIOZ, H.: Harold en Italie / PAGANINI, N.: Sonata per la Grand Viola (D.A. Carpenter, Helsinki Philharmonic, Ashkenazy)

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release date: August 2011


Artists:

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra


Ashkenazy, Vladimir


Vladimir Ashkenazy

Soloist

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Total Time - 64:07
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BERLIOZ, H.: Harold en Italie / PAGANINI, N.: Sonata per la Grand Viola (D.A. Carpenter, Helsinki Philharmonic, Ashkenazy)

     
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HECTOR BERLIOZ

1 

Beatrice and Benedict

7:58
     
 

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

 
2 I. Adagio (Harold in the Mountains. Scenes of Melancholy, Happiness and Joy) 15:59
     
3 II. Allegretto (March of the Pilgrims Singing the Evening Prayer) 8:21
     
4 III. Allegro Assai (Serenade of an Abruzzi Mountain-Dweller to his Mistress) 6:41
     
5 IV. Allegro Frenetico (Orgy of Brigands. Memories of Scenes Past) 12:15
     
 

NICOLO PAGANINI

 

Sonata per la grand viola, MS 70

 
6 I. Introduzione: Larghetto - Recitativo a piacere 3:18
     
7 II. Cantabile Andante Sostenuto 3:16
     
8 III. Tema (Andantino) e variazioni I-III 6:19
     
 Vladimir Ashkenazy Soloist
 Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Ondine OD 1188

Berlioz: Harold in Italy; Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict; Paganini: Sonata per la Gran Viola e Orchestra – David Aaron Carpenter (viola), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

For his second CD release, the twenty-five-year-old New York-born violist David Aaron Carpenter is joined by Vladimir Ashkenazy leading the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Together they perform the symphony with obbligato viola Harold in Italy, which Berlioz originally wrote on a commission from Paganini. The present recording features, for the first time, a more virtuoso solo part written for Paganini.

The coupling is a showpiece, which Nicolò Paganini wrote after rejecting his earlier commission from Berlioz. ‘The Sonata per la Gran Viola displays the highest virtuosic writing for this instrument’, says David Aaron Carpenter, who defines his mission as focusing attention on the viola as a great solo string instrument in its own right.

Also included is Berlioz’s cheerful Overture to the opera Béatrice et Bénédict.



        Repertoire ****       Sound ****

NH - Fono Forum - March 2012


"...The orchestra ... is in great shape- not least the viola section when it gets away on its own in the third movement - and Ondine’s realistic recording lets one hear their every nuance. David Aaron Carpenter plays with a consistently beautiful and eloquent tone..."

Carlos Maria Solare - The Strad - December 2011


"...Paganini writes for the viola as he does for the violin, using an unusually extended range and many brilliant effects. David Aaron Carpenterrises to all the challenges with great
dexterity, preserving the fine tine and pure intonation in the most (for a viola player) alarming situations ... There are some especially imaginative touches of tone painting."

Duncan Druce - Gramophone - December 2011


"Carpenter’s tone is sumptuous but the quintessentially elegiac voice is enlivened with wonderfully mercurial flashes from both soloist and Ashkenazy with the hyper-alert orchestra..."  ****½

Greg Keane - Limelight Magazine.com - 27 October 2011


"... This young American soloist’s vivid portrayal of Paganini’s playful Sonata is a treat, but the undisputed star is this first recording of the more virtuosic, original version of Harold in Italy which is fully exploited by Carpenter’s beguiling, beautiful tone and thrilling technique. The orchestra is no bit-part player here; wonderful phrasing and imagery from Ashkenazy’s ensemble throughout makes this an outstanding collaboration. The award-wining viola player has come of age with only his second recording. If Carpenter is new to you, his debut viola transcription of Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a must (OD 1153)." ****

Jane Jones - Classic FM Magazine - December 2011


"David Aaron Carpenter is the eloquent viola soloist in Berlioz’s Byronic Symphony, which paganini had hoped would serve as a vehicle for his phenomenal virtuosity, As things turned out, it proved insufficiently showy, even in the original, more ostentatious version that Carpenter, Ashkenazy and the Helsinki orchestra play here, but they reveal the music’s narrative heart compellingly. Paganini’s own Sonata for viola and orchestra ... allows Carpenter to demonstrate his lyrical musicality and bravura."  ****

Geoffrey Norris - The Telegraph - 22 September 2011




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