Music For Viola And Piano by Martinu, Kodaly, Dohnanyi, Joachim, Enescu / Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola; Anthony Hewitt, piano

> Viola Sonata, H. 355 - I. Poco andante
> Viola Sonata, H. 355 - II. Allegro non troppo
> Adagio (version for viola and piano) - Adagio (version for viola and piano)
> Violin Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 21 (arr. S.-J. Bradley) - I. Allegro appassionato
> Violin Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 21 (arr. S.-J. Bradley) - II. Allegro ma con tenerezza
> Violin Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 21 (arr. S.-J. Bradley) - III. Vivace assai
> Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9 - No. 1. Sostenuto
> Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9 - No. 2. Grave
> Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9 - No. 3. Andante cantabile
> Concertstuck - Concertstuck

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Sonata for violin & piano in C sharp minor, Op. 21
>Joachim, Joseph : Hebrew Melodies for viola & piano, Op 9
>Enescu, George : Concert Piece for Viola and Piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The viola works on this recording fuse lyricism with virtuosity, and sometimes invoke folkloric moments as well as more rhapsodic flights. Martinu's 1955 Sonata plays on elements of folk music and rhapsody, as well as a toccata-like intensity and a pervasive feeling of nostalgia. Kodály's Adagio is an early work, highly expressive and richly romantic, whilst his compatriot Dohnányi wrote a Sonata of mature distinction, employing variations and transformed themes to magical effect. Joachim, upholder of the German violin school, also composed, and in his Hebrew Melodies crafts great pathos, whilst Enescu's Concertstück fuses the lyrical with the dashing, as befi ts a competition test piece.

Allmusic.com
Bradley's program is not only well thought out and diverse, but demonstrates the viola's abilities both as a virtuosic instrument and one capable of delivering beautiful melodic lines. Joined by pianist Anthony Hewitt, Bradley's performances are admirable in many respects. Her playing is very calm and restrained; there are no moments when listeners are left gasping for air as the violist strains for large shifts or to make it to the end of difficult passagework. Her intonation is generally solid, her tone is warm and even across the range of her instrument.

Infodad.com
Bohuslav Martinu's 1955 sonata combines folklike melodies with considerable lyricism, mixing pungent and rhapsodic elements and using sounds from the wistful to the modern. Close cooperation between viola and piano is crucial here, and Bradley works very well with pianist Anthony Hewitt. Zoltán Kodály's early Adagio (1905) can be, and is, played on violin or cello as well as viola, but its quietly intense romanticism sounds particularly moving when played with the sensitivity that Bradley brings to it. Erno Dohnányi's Sonata in C-sharp minor is a bit of a throwback for this CD, since it is actually a violin work that Bradley has arranged for viola - not a piece originally written for her instrument. Dating to 1912, the sonata is in three movements that are played continuously. It combines romanticism with an effective cyclic structure that ends in a mood of nostalgia. As a composer, Dohnányi was strongly influenced by violinist Joseph Joachim, who in turn was influenced by Liszt in his own compositions, such as Hebrew Melodies. This is the only 19th-century work on this CD, dating to the second half of the 1850s, and it is deeply imbued with the spirit of the Romantic era. Based on Old Testament stories and Byronic poems, but without any specific notation about ways in which the music is intended to correspond to any particular tale or poetry, the three-movement work is mostly in minor keys - in which the viola's tone is particularly apt - and ranges in mood from melancholy to pastoral simplicity. Bradley and Hewitt conclude this fine CD with George Enescu's well-known Concertstück, which was written as a competition piece in 1906 and which very effectively combines the lyricism and virtuosity that together are the hallmarks of the well-played viola.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008).



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
  • Performers: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Anthony Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano
  • Performers: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Anthony Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Sonata for violin & piano in C sharp minor, Op. 21
  • Performers: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Anthony Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 11/24/1911

>Joachim, Joseph : Hebrew Melodies for viola & piano, Op 9
  • Performers: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Anthony Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Enescu, George : Concert Piece for Viola and Piano
  • Performers: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Anthony Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/24/2008-07/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906