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Rósza, Serly, Bartók: Viola Concertos

Album Summary

>Rózsa, Miklós : Concerto for viola & orchestra, Op. 37
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Viola, Sz 120
>Serly, Tibor : Rhapsody for viola & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

With this disc, the acclaimed British violist Lawrence Power launches a new series for Hyperion featuring the seminal twentieth-century works for the viola. Of the three Hungarian concertos on this latest release, the best-known is Bartok's viola concerto, completed after the composer's death by Tibor Serly. Serly was Bartók's most constant and trusted Hungarian musician-friend in his last years. It was quickly recognized as one of the major contributions to the repertoire. Also featured are Serly's own Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra, a skilful and elaborate work with a rollicking finale, and a darkly Romantic, and authentically Hungarian concerto by the film composer Miklós Rósza.

'Power is a much more full-toned soloist in the Bartók concerto than some of his predecessors ... His tonal control is magnificent, wide-ranging with not a trace of throatiness even at the top of the range, and his technical command is the next best thing to flawless ... It seems unlikely that the solo line here has ever been quite this beautifully shaped. The Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton ... acquits itself admirably, with finely shaped solo lines, blended sectional playing and ample bite in the tuttis where required' (International Record Review)

'Power's supreme artistry fuels performances of works by composers who are linked. Serly, who edited Bartók's Viola Concerto, is given the limelight in his Rhapsody, and the spicy concerto by Rózsa makes for a pungent coupling. All are energised by the orchestra's vigour' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Here's a wonderfully imaginative piece of record programming ... [Rosza] This piece derseves to become the viola player's answer to the Korngold Violin Concerto. The superb accounts of the Bartok concerto and Serly's short yet compelling Rhapsody only enhance this set's desirability' (The Sunday Times)

'Lawrence Power plays all three pieces with big-toned, fibre-rich advocacy' (The Irish Times)

'Power is a much more full-toned soloist in the Bartók concerto than some of his predecessors ... His tonal control is magnificent, wide-ranging with not a trace of throatiness even at the top of the range, and his technical command is the next best thing to flawless ... It seems unlikely that the solo line here has ever been quite this beautifully shaped. The Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton ... acquits itself admirably, with finely shaped solo lines, blended sectional playing and ample bite in the tuttis where required' (International Record Review)

'Power's supreme artistry fuels performances of works by composers who are linked. Serly, who edited Bartók's Viola Concerto, is given the limelight in his Rhapsody, and the spicy concerto by Rózsa makes for a pungent coupling. All are energised by the orchestra's vigour' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Here's a wonderfully imaginative piece of record programming ... [Rosza] This piece derseves to become the viola player's answer to the Korngold Violin Concerto. The superb accounts of the Bartok concerto and Serly's short yet compelling Rhapsody only enhance this set's desirability' (The Sunday Times)

'Lawrence Power plays all three pieces with big-toned, fibre-rich advocacy' (The Irish Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen (08/17/2009-08/20/2009).



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>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Concerto for viola & orchestra, Op. 37
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen (08/17/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Viola, Sz 120
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen (08/17/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Serly, Tibor : Rhapsody for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen (08/17/2009-08/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1948