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Short Stories - Works for viola & piano by Clarke, Enescu, Jolas, Porter, Ligeti et al. / Melia Watras, viola; Kimberly Russ, piano

> Passacaglia - Passacaglia
> Concertstuck, "Piece de concert" - Concertstuck, "Piece de concert"
> Episode sixieme - Episode sixieme
> Speed Etude - Speed Etude
> Reverie in F sharp minor (completed by H. Weickmann) - Reverie
> Sonata for Viola Solo - Sonata for Viola Solo: II. Loop
> Flexible Parts - I. Small Piece of the Story
> Flexible Parts - II. Proximity
> Flexible Parts - III. Local Dance
> Flexible Parts - IV. Elements
> Flexible Parts - V. Air
> Flexible Parts - VI. Viola Song
> Flexible Parts - VII. Further Small Piece of the Story
> Elegie, Op. 30 - Elegie, Op. 30
> Elle s'enfuit - Elle s'enfuit
> Hard-Knock Stomp - Hard-Knock Stomp

Album Summary

>Clarke, Rebecca : Passacaglia on an Old English Tune, for viola/cello & piano
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Concert Piece, for viola & piano
>Jolas, Betsy : Episode sixieme for viola
>Porter, Quincy : Speed Etude
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Reverie
>Ligeti, György : Sonata for viola solo
>Weesner, Anne : Flexible Parts, for viola & piano
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Elegie for Viola and Piano, Op. 30
>Waggoner, Andrew : Elle s'enfuit, for viola & piano
>Visconti, Dan : Hard-Knock Stomp, for viola
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Short Stories demonstrates the versatility of the viola. In gathering these works, I wanted to find a wide variety of sound, color, and emotional content. This collection shows the viola's warmth and depth, while also displaying its virtuosic and expressive capabilities. A great joy in my musical life is working with composers, and I feel fortunate to have been able to meet and collaborate with a number of formidable ones. I met Betsy Jolas at a concert in Syracuse, NY and, taken with her music, was thrilled to record Episode sixième. My admiration and friendships with Dan Visconti, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner resulted in performing Dan's Hard-Knock Stomp and commissioning Andrew and Anna to write their pieces Elle s'enfuit and Flexible Parts, respectively. -Melia Watras

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA (07/2001/08/2009).



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Works Details

>Clarke, Rebecca : Passacaglia on an Old English Tune, for viola/cello & piano
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Concert Piece, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Jolas, Betsy : Episode sixième for viola
  • Performer: Melia Watras (Viola)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Quincy : Speed Etude
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Rêverie
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Sonata for viola solo :: Loop
  • Performer: Melia Watras (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991-1994

>Weesner, Anne : Flexible Parts, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Elegie for Viola and Piano, Op. 30
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: France.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Waggoner, Andrew : Elle s'enfuit, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Melia Watras (Viola); Kimberly Russ (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Visconti, Dan : Hard-Knock Stomp, for viola
  • Performer: Melia Watras (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000