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A Portrait Of The Viola CD


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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0000666B8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1. Impetuoso
2. 2. Vivace
3. 3. Adagio - allegro
4. Morpheus (1917-18) - Helen Callus, Max Wilcox, Robert McDonald, Dirk Sobotka, Rebecca Clarke
5. Lullaby (1909) - Helen Callus, Max Wilcox, Robert McDonald, Dirk Sobotka, Rebecca Clarke
6. Lullaby (1913) - Helen Callus, Max Wilcox, Robert McDonald, Dirk Sobotka, Rebecca Clarke
7. English Reel (1958) - Helen Callus, Max Wilcox, Robert McDonald, Dirk Sobotka, Freda Swain
8. I'll Bid My Heart Be Still (1944)
9. 1. Moderato
10. 2. Vivace leggiero
11. 3. Andante affectuoso
12. 4. Presto
13. Oh Can Ye Sew Cushions (1978) - Helen Callus, Max Wilcox, Robert McDonald, Dirk Sobotka, Traditional

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This is a very listenable to CD. It balances two sonatas for viola and piano by Rebecca Clarke and Pamela Harrison with shorter pieces (including several fine folk song arrangements). As a whole it makes very pleasant listening. However, the two sonatas are both fine pieces, that hold their own with the other distinguished viola sonatas by English composers such as Bax, or Julius Harrison, or Edgar Bainton. The Clarke of course is well known, and has been recorded before. However, this is a very passionate well judged performance (as you would expect from the admirable Helen Callus) and except perhaps in the recorded sound (which I think lets it down very slightly) second to none. The surprise of the disk is the magnificent Pamela Harrison sonata. This is very gracious and lyrical and notably unlike her teacher Gordon Jacob. I am reminded indeed of a more graceful Richard Arnell. Callus and her pianist, Robert Macdonald, make it sound like a masterpiece in a quite outstanding performance. I look forward to discovering more by this composer.
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By Amazon Customer on 23 Jun 2010
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Having had to listen to my daughter scratching away for several years on her viola before I actually began to LISTEN to Viola music I started purchasing music for her but found myself listening and enjoying it. This album was an excellent into the the genre and I love it. I recommend
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Stunning! 26 Jun 2002
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Format: Audio CD
This CD is beyond words. The playing is spectacular. Helen Callus sounds like no other viola player I've ever heard. She has a gorgeously rich, warm sound that is breathtaking. Her playing is both incrediby touching and human, as well as seeming to come from the heavens. Robert McDonald (who often plays with Midori and the late Isaac Stern) is phenomenal. Although the focus of the CD is on the viola, there is some virtuosic piano writing especially in the Clarke Sonata and these brilliant passages in the 2nd mvt of the Harrison Sonata.
The music is all great. Extremely listenable. It's all from the 20th-century but it all sounds like Vaughn-Williams or Holst, great, lush English music from the period when they knew how to win over the audience.
Finally, the sound quality is amazing. But you wouldn't expect less from engineer Max Wilcox and the fantastic sound in the Academy of Arts in Manhattan.
I fully recommend this CD!!!
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if you own 1 viola cd 30 Jun 2002
By junebugg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree completely with the review above. I am familar with several of these selections, however they sound completely flat compared to these wonderful recording. Tender yet not hesterical. I also had the pleasure of hearing some of this live recently and lived up to the recording and beyond. If you own 1 viola cd this should be it.
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Beautiful beyond words 7 Nov 2009
By Robert S. Sablove - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one fabulous recording. Helen Callus plays with such passion and personality. Her breath and heartbeat seen to inhabit her instrument. I purchased this recording 3 years ago and have not tired of it even after playing it multiple times. From the complexity of the Rebecca Clarke's Sonata, to the deceptively simple and simply beautiful Morpheus, this is one great performance. If you're looking for one recording of the viola, you should check this out. Every violist should own this, too.
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A great gift for the music lover in your family 16 July 2008
By Susan Demiglio - Published on Amazon.com
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A gift for my son-in-law, a middle school orchestra conductor and a viola player. It is a beautifully done CD.
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