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This review is from: Bate: Concerto for Viola & Orchestra / Vaughan Williams: Romance / Bell: Rosa Mystica (Audio CD)
Stanley Bate? - WH Bell?? OK so perhaps not necessarily the most familiar names in English music, but having now experienced and listened in awe to this amazing recording by Roger Chase - I cannot conceive of why these pieces are not absolutely and fully established in the main stream Viola Repertoire.
The thing is....this is the most incredible and exhilerating playing - in fact surely some of the greatest viola playing ever!!!
Technically immaculate as you would expect from Roger Chase, every note has incredible energy and life - especially the most impossibly difficult passages. The sonorous lower register is almost indescribably beautiful and draws you in from the very first note. Nothing is taken for granted, every phrase really matters and this gives strength and structure and a spine tingling sense that you are hearing the definitive sound of the Viola.
Roger plays of course, on the Montagnana Viola that Tertis so loved and on which so many brand new Viola pieces were premiered and brought into being.
In this recording, Roger Chase has produced a CD of music which needs to be heard. If not the most familiar repertoire, this is without doubt some of the very finest I have come across to date.
Also get a copy of the CD of Viola music by Benjamin Dale - Here Roger Chase in joined by Michiko Otaki on Piano. This really is astonishing chamber music - can't recommend it strongly enough!!!