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Listen  1. Concerto for Viola & Orchestra: Andante comodo (I) 8:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Concerto for Viola & Orchestra: Vivo, con molto preciso (II) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Allegro moderato (III)13:01Album Only
Listen  4. Concerto for Violin & Viola with Orchestra, Op. 88: Andante con moto (I) 7:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Allegro moderato (II) 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Allegro molto (III) 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Romance for Viola & Orchestra, Op. 85 9:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Tone, Effective Advocacy 7 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In Yuri Bashmet's hands, the viola does not emerge as the Cinderella of string instruments. Just listen to the plaintive message he makes of the double stops in Bruch's lovely Romance, and you'll see what I mean. The Bruch, in fact, needs special advocacy. Coming late in Bruch's career (1911), the Romance and Concerto make no advances whatever on the composer's justly famous Violin Concerto No. 1 and Scottish Fantasy, both having been written decades before. That renders the two later pieces no less lovely--and Bruch always seems to be able to come up with lovely melodies--but there is a certain melancholy about them that perhaps reflects Bruch's bitterness as having been tagged as a one-masterpiece (Concerto No. 1) wonder. Bashmet catches that strain of world weariness and turns it to sweet advantage, making of these works small elegiac gems, with the help of violinist Victor Tretiakov in the concerto.
"Kol nidrei" is one of Bruch's greatest hits, but the transcription of this cello work up into the viola's range brightens the work and makes of it a less brooding, more singing creation, for me at lest. And Bashmet sings it very well.
As for the Walton, this is a piece I'm fond of, and I haven't heard a more compelling version than Bashmet's. The London Symphony accompany well under the capable direction of both conductors, and the sound enegeering is fine. Recommended.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Bashmet's Walton 14 Jan. 2003
By josh1000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think this is a very strong performance of the Walton Viola Concerto. Another reviewer (below) indicates "Bashmet is no Primrose," and I was surprised to read that, because I have the Primrose recording of the Walton, and I think Bashmet's is much better. I am a violist, and the Primrose recording of the Walton Concerto is my least favorite; his sound is harsh and ugly to me, and-- in my opinion-- not at all congenial to the flowing, sumptuous style of the piece. All of that aside, I think the best recording of the Walton Viola Concerto is Lars Anders Tomter's, on the budget label Naxos.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 9 May 2013
By ricardo_guerrero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest violists the world has ever known, and this disc is absolutely flawless. Every moment of it is to be savored. The Walton Viola Concerto is perhaps not as well known to concert audiences as the Violin Concerto (one of "the Heifetz concertos"), but it's a masterpiece, and one of the few truly great concertos ever written for the instrument. Bashmet plays it masterfully...what more can I say? And then we come to Max Bruch. Everyone knows, and most violinists play, the Bruch First Concerto. Other than that and the "Scottish Fantasy" (which technically, Bruch's 4th violin concerto) and "Kol Nidrei" for cello, Bruch isn't a well-known composer. But here on this disc is "The Bruch Double" for violin and viola - although it was apparently written for viola and clarinet. Viktor Tretyakov, one of the finest violinists Russia has produced, joins Bashmet, and the musical dialogue between them is amazing. It's like they're having a very detailed, and multi-faceted conversation. Bruch's well-known "Kol Nidrei", which of course adorns the repertoire of every cellist, transcribed for viola, and is splendid, and "In Memoriam" is as well. I believe "In Memoriam" has been transcribed for multiple instruments, including the violin.

This is great, great disc. I recommend it highly to anyone.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Romantic Masterpiece 6 Nov. 2002
By Scott68 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To understand the beauty of a violin you must first embrace the sadness of a tear, the beauty of a pretty woman, love, anger, jealousy, sorrow, joy, pain and all the other emotions that go with being a human being, falling in love, and being at one with your emotions. Surely Mr Bruch was in tune with his emotions writing his great works.
Violinist Victor Tretiakov and violist Yuri Bashmet play Bruch's double concerto, a lesser known composition full of profound beauty. What's not to love on here?
Most people know Bruch from his first violin concerto. When I say his music is romantic I am not only referring to the time the composition was made but also to just the concept of romance it self.
The double concerto is the main reason I bought this CD. From what I found out looking for different recordings of this work, it was originally written for clairnet and viola (probably why most violinists don't play it) but here a violin is playing the clairnet part. The music is full of emotion and romance, listening to this recording will sweep you away with a beauty that you will find to be soothing and romantic to any set of ears.
If you love Bruch's first violin concerto do not hesitate to buy this CD! I also give my highest recommendation to the Bruch Violin Concerto No 3.
The viola pieces are equally warm and lyrical. While Bashmet is no Primrose, but he plays with great color and beauty. Primrose played with a lean and articulate sound while Bashmet plays with a more lush and romantic sound so I guess it depends on what style you like. It is common to criticise a performer because of excess vibrato or for getting overly emotional with the music and that is why I prefer the recording of Mr. Primrose. I am not totally clear how accurate the interpretations are here but to hear the Bruch double with violin and viola makes this a necessary CD to any music lover's collection.
I will say it again: If you love Bruch's first violin concerto do not hesitate to buy this CD!
4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Say it Ain't So!! 21 Mar. 2004
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me say, the Bruch Double Concerto was written for viola and CLARINET, not violin. It just does not give off the same color and vibe with a violin. Keep the music as it was originally written, don't modify it by switching instruments around. I have played that piece before, and there just wasnt enough expression in any of the movements, just notes...too many notes.
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