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We’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for the violin’s darker cousin, including music by Hindemith and Walton.

 
Program 1

Bill challenges listeners to spend time with the viola in this program. We start with music from Telemann, Vivaldi and Mozart, and hear the final section of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, which puts the viola in the spotlight. 

Telemann: Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel; Deuter, vla.
Archiv 463074
10:49
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Vivaldi: Concerto in d minor, RV. 540, II & III
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Jones, vla. d’amore; North, lute
HM 907230
6:47
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Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, II & III
European Brandenburg Ensemble/Pinnock
Avie 2119
9:53
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Stamitz: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in D Major, III
Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn/Faerber; Wallfisch, vla.
Vox 5148
4:27
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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, I
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
12:33
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Dittersdorf: Menuetto II fr. Sonata for Viola and Double Bass
Chang, vla.; Fuller, db.
Musical Arts Society 41592
2:26, :47

Program 2

We continue with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante before hearing viola music from Mendelssohn, Weber and Berlioz, who composed a piece intended for a Stradivarius viola. 

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, II & III
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
17:42
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Mendelssohn: Sonata for Viola and Piano in c minor, II
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
6:29
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Weber: Andante and Rondo Ungarese for Viola and Orchestra in C minor, J 79
Solistes de Moscou-Montpellier Chamber Orchestra/Caussé; Caussé, vla.
EMI 54817
9:14
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Paganini: Terzetto concertante for Viola, Cello and Guitar in D major, II
R. Diaz, vla.; A. Diaz, vc.; Grey, g.
Dorian 90237
4:56
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Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16 (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
6:46
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Guastavino: La Rosa y El Sauce
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 1975
2:15
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Program 3

Bill opens with a quote from Hector Berlioz on the neglect of the viola over all other orchestral instruments before moving into music from Brahms, who truly understood the viola’s “sad and passionate intensity.” 

Berlioz: Harold in Italy (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
:39
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Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major, II
Pasquier Trio and Friends; Pasquier, vla.
HM 1951073
10:17, :42
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Brahms: “Gestillte Sehnsucht” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op.91, No. 1
Ferrier, alto; Gilbert, vla.; Spurr, p.
Lon 433477
5:11
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Brahms: Sonata in f minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1, III
Tertis, vla.; Cohen, p.
Pearl 9918
4:17
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Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2, I
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 457068
8:28
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Bruch: Concerto in e minor for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra, I
LSO/Francis; King, cl.; Imai, vla.
Hyperion 66022
7:31
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Joachim: Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9, I
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
3:56
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Brahms: “Geistliches Wiegenlied” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op. 91, No. 2
Norman, alto.; Christ, vla.; Barenboim, p.
DG 449965
6:10
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Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin, Op. 55 No. 4
Imai, vla.; Pöntinen, p.
Phil 446103
1:56
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Program 4

Bill focuses on a couple of pieces from Bloch, Debussy and Vaughan Williams, and closes with music from Manuel de Falla which was transcribed for viola. 

Bloch: Suite Hébraïque, No. 1- Rhapsodie
Imai, vla.; Pontinen, p.
Phil 446103
6:46
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Debussy: Trio for Viola, Flute, and Harp
Wilson, fl.; Neubauer, vla.; Allen, hp.
Delos 3167
16:36
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Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi
Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Choir/Mar; Riddle, vla.
Chan 6545
20:57
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Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole (excerpts)
Dreyfus, vla.; McDonald, p.
Bridge 9016
3:38, 2:16
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Program 5

We open with music of Paul Hindemith, himself a very good violist and one of the few violist/composers. We hear a viola concerto which Bartók began to compose just before his death and was completed by his student Tibor Serly. We close with a few excerpts of more unusual viola music. 

Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher, III
San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt; Walther, vla.
Decca 000201102
9:12
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Bartók: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (excerpt)
Budapest Symphony/Ligeti; Golani, vla.
Conifer 189
10:35
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Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, I & II
Royal Phil/Previn; Kennedy, vla.
EMI 749628
13:07
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Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano, I
Westphal, vla.; Swann, p.
Bridge 9109
7:41
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Feldman: The Viola in My Life, Part III (excerpt)
Phillips, vla.; Tudor, p.
New World 80657
2:36
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The Who: Baba O’Riley (excerpt)
MCA
1:21
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Alison Krause & Union Station: Man of Constant Sorrow (excerpt)
Rounder
1:07
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Grainger: The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
Coletti, vla.; Howard, p.
Hyp 666687
3:46
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