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Discovering the Viola

Elizabeth "elizabeth_rb"
 
Bruch : Works for Clarinet & Viola  -  Apex
Bruch : Works for Clarinet & Viola - Apex
"Contains clarinet too, but the result is lovely.  Melodic and tuneful and ending with my favourite soulful viola piece of all time - Bruch's romance, full orchestral version"
Romanze - The Romantic Viola
Romanze - The Romantic Viola
"Chamber album with viola and piano.  A collection of lovely music including the piano version of Bruch's romance"
The Art Of The Viola
The Art Of The Viola
"Sets the viola in context and allows the listener to really hear how different it is from both violin and cello.  I'm not too keen on the first and last pieces, but the rest are pleasant and tuneful."
Bach - Six Cello Suites (transcribed for Viola)
Bach - Six Cello Suites (transcribed for Viola)
"Some even say that Bach wrote the cello suites for viola and, given that he, like may other composers, was a violist himself, this is plausible.  Enjoyable solos."
Telemann: Recorder Suite, Viola Concerto
Telemann: Recorder Suite, Viola Concerto
"Only one viola piece on here, but one of the most famous - the Telemann concerto in G."
Viola Rarities
Viola Rarities
"Orchestral music fetauring viola.  This contains my favourite 'jolly' viola piece - Hummel's Fantasie."
Sonatas / Marchenbilder
Sonatas / Marchenbilder
"The Brahms sonatas were originally written for clarinet, but the composer himself authorised the transcription.  The result of lovely.  I prefer the Märchenbilder on 'Romanze' as these seem a bit fast"
Arpeggione Sonata / Romances / Notturno
Arpeggione Sonata / Romances / Notturno
"Beethoven (who was also a violist himself!) wrote this lovely nocturne for viola.  The Arpeggione sonata is great too."
Hoffmeister: Complete Works for Viola
Hoffmeister: Complete Works for Viola
"Both his viola concertos here and a series of solo studies which anyone who loves the cello suites will enjoy"
Vieuxtemps: Music for Viola & Piano
Vieuxtemps: Music for Viola & Piano
"The nearest to 'dramatic' chamber music I go.  Some are a bit more chaotic, some are very gentle."
Romantic Viola Music
Romantic Viola Music
"Contains the famous 'Hebrew Melodies' and Kiel's 3 Romances."