Where to start? I think Michelle LaCourse gets the most beautiful viola sound from her instrument of any that I've ever heard. Her lower notes resound with beautiful rich resonance and her higher notes and even higher notes are glorious to hear. Needless to say, I was very impressed with this CD and have enjoyed listening to it many times. Ms. LaCourse plays with complete control yet beautiful understanding of the music written just for her. James Grant has added some very special music to the viola repatory and I hope we start hearing it a lot more on concerts and CDs. There is a wide variety of styles and a great demand on the violist's technical abilities, yet it always comes across as beautiful and easy listening. I think it will certainly hold up with the passing of time and become a part of every violist's performances. How refreshing to hear a beautiful sultry viola playing really great bluesy, jazzy music with deep feeling and emotion.