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Duos for Viola and Cello / Katrin Melcher, viola. Martin Ostertag, cello

Audio Samples

>Rolla, Alessandro : Duet for viola & cello in F major, BI 326
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Bucolics, pieces (5) for viola & cello (originally for piano solo)
>Kirchner, Volker David : Microludien (3), for viola & cello
>Milone, Julian : Partita, for viola & cello
>Clarke, Rebecca : Pieces (2) for viola & cello
>Hindemith, Paul : Duet for Viola and Cello
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32

Album Summary

>Rolla, Alessandro : Duet for viola & cello in F major, BI 326
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Bucolics, pieces (5) for viola & cello (originally for piano solo)
>Kirchner, Volker David : Microludien (3), for viola & cello
>Milone, Julian : Partita, for viola & cello
>Clarke, Rebecca : Pieces (2) for viola & cello
>Hindemith, Paul : Duet for Viola and Cello
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32
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Notes & Reviews:

Duos for viola and cello are not exactly a typical chamber music genre - at first glance, the contrast between the two instruments, which play in a similar register, seems too small. But it is precisely this lack of a clearly dominant voice that opens up new interpretive possibilities; almost inevitably, the focus shifts away from virtuosic effects and changes to chamber music-like intimacy that compels both composer and listener to concentration. On their new CD, Katrin Melcher and Martin Ostertag explore this distinctive sound world with a series of original compositions.

Expedition Audio Recommended
... It's unlikely that you will know much, if any, of the music on this interesting and varied program. ...While there's quite a variety of music here, it is for the most part tonal and easy to listen to. ...What really makes the CD so enjoyable is the level of musicianship. Chamber music programs of this nature come along periodically, but seldom offer the level of playing to be heard here. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
This varied program is played with polish by Melcher and Ostertag. It is only in the final Beethoven that I noticed that the viola is a bit closer to the microphone than the cello, but Ostertag is a master who can take care of himself and does. The music is without exception attractive and played with involvement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010).



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Works Details

>Rolla, Alessandro : Duet for viola & cello in F major, BI 326
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Bucolics, pieces (5) for viola & cello (originally for piano solo)
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Kirchner, Volker David : Microludien (3), for viola & cello
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Milone, Julian : Partita, for viola & cello
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.

>Clarke, Rebecca : Pieces (2) for viola & cello
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Hindemith, Paul : Duet for Viola and Cello
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Duet for Viola and Cello in E flat major, WoO 32
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Katrin Melcher (Viola); Katrin Melcher (Viola)
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden (06/28/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797