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Invocations - Contemporary Viola Works Enhanced

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Paul Silverthorne has been Principal viola of the London Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and Principal viola of the London Sinfonietta since 1988,whilst continuing to pursue a busy solo career. As a soloist, he has performed with such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Oliver Knussen, John ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Silverthorne Store

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1. After Ariadne
2. In The Still Of The Night
3. Echo Of The Wind
4. Invocation Dance & Meditation
5. Urizen
6. Amid The Winds Of Evening
7. Oscuro
8. Soave Sia Il
9. Tranquillo Al Mare
10. O Sia Tranquillo
11. The City Inside
12. Bridges
13. Oddjob

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On Invocations, master violist Paul Silverthorne brings together a valuable collection of pieces he has commissioned from today's composers and plays them all with warmth and expression, while pianist John Constable partners him with constant skill and sensitivity (some of the items are unaccompanied). In all, 11 mainly British composers are represented, ranging from distinguished senior figures such as Thea Musgrave, Robert Saxton and Richard Rodney Bennett to the younger and less well-known Scot Stuart MacRae, the Brazilian Arthur Kampela and the Finn Jukka Tienssu. The latter provides the most challenging piece here with Oddjob--a five-minute work that creates fascinating textures by shadowing a live viola with its electronically recorded equivalent. Of the more traditional works, particularly striking is Saxton's finely imagined Invocation, Dance and Meditation, whose origins lie in ancient Jewish religious and musical traditions. Equally rewarding are the lyricism of the biggest piece, Bennett's After Ariadne, based on Monteverdi's madrigal "Lasciatemi morire", and Colin Matthews'--to use his own word--"cryptic" Oscuro. But everything is worth hearing and much of this music should appeal far beyond the boundaries of viola specialists or new-music addicts. --George Hall

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