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Viola Concerto/ Sonata for Str

Jan; London Po; Imai Nobuko; Latham-Koenig , Walton; Not Applicable; Audio CD
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1. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Andante Comodo
2. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Vivo, Con Nolto Preciso
3. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Allegro Moderato
4. Sonata For String Orchestra: Allegro
5. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Presto
6. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Lento
7. Concerto For Viola And Orchestra: Allegro Molto
8. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Andante Con Moto
9. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Vivace
10. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Allegramente
11. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Larghetto
12. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Moto Perpetuo
13. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Andante Con Moto
14. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Scherzando
15. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Lento Molto
16. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Vivacissimo
17. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Maestoso
18. Variations On A Theme By Hindemith: Finale

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5.0 out of 5 stars Un gran disco. Sept. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Comparto plenamente la opinión del crítico anterior que afirma que éste es el mejor Concierto para Viola, que jamás se haya escrito. La interpretación es cálida y esmerada tanto de parte de la orquesta como de la solista. Además el disco trae dos obras de Walton muy buenas, especialmente "Variations on A Theme by Hindemith for orchestra", obra ésta que gustaba mucho al propio Hindemith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Romantic, Melancholy.... June 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the finest viola concerto ever written, and it is expertly performed by Imai. It's wonderful to hear such an expressive and lyrical piece played by such an expressive instrument. An extra bonus on this cd is two of Walton's more obscure pieces, both of which have their charms. I especially like the Hindemith variations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Romantic, Melancholy.... June 29 2000
By ebrinkma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the finest viola concerto ever written, and it is expertly performed by Imai. It's wonderful to hear such an expressive and lyrical piece played by such an expressive instrument. An extra bonus on this cd is two of Walton's more obscure pieces, both of which have their charms. I especially like the Hindemith variations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dec 29 2006
By KDS - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the previous reviewer in saying this is the finest viola concerto ever written. It is so far beyond other attempts, including that of his fellow countryman Vaughan-Williams. The viola is not only a difficult instrument to play well, but a very difficult instrument to make sound beautiful. It is to the the composer's as well as the soloist's efforts here that this can be credited. It is a magnificent performance, with perfect tempi throughout, absolutely gorgeous in the passionate moments, and searing in the climaxes. The balance between viola and orchestra is near perfect, especially difficult for such a weak instrument, dynamically speaking.

It must be noted that this work predates Stravinsky's violin concerto by two years. Why is this important? Because the central movement of the Walton piece could serve as a compositional template for the entire Stravinsky violin concerto. The orchestration, particularly the writing for the winds and pizzicato strings, albeit on a larger scale, obviously inspired Stravinsky in his writing of the violin concerto. It is so close, I would argue it may be a case of plagiarism on Stravinsky's part. To my knowledge, it has never been acknowledged by Stravinsky. You will be shocked when you compare them-the melodies are very different, but the orchestration techniques are virtually identical.

The viola concerto was a towering achievement for Walton, which should be MUCH better known. This recording is an excellent example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un gran disco. Sept. 13 2001
By Francisco J. Mu˝oz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Comparto plenamente la opinión del crítico anterior que afirma que éste es el mejor Concierto para Viola, que jamás se haya escrito. La interpretación es cálida y esmerada tanto de parte de la orquesta como de la solista. Además el disco trae dos obras de Walton muy buenas, especialmente "Variations on A Theme by Hindemith for orchestra", obra ésta que gustaba mucho al propio Hindemith.
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