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Bax: Phantasy; Theodore Holland: Ellingham Marches; Vaughan Williams: Suite for Viola; Richard Harvey: Reflections

Album Summary

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Phantasy, for viola & orchestra in D minor
>Holland, Theodore : Ellingham Marshes, for viola & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Suite for viola & small orchestra
>Harvey, Richard : Reflections, for viola & small orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrated violist Roger Chase again presents repertoire associated with the great Lionel Tertis, played on Tertis's own Montagnana viola. The Bax Phantasy is the highlight, with its lyrical slow movement based on a lovely Irish folk song. Vaughan Williams's eight-movement Suite for Viola and Orchestra, too, has elements of folksong, this time English, and is both virtuosic and catchy. Theodore Holland's substantial tone poem Ellingham Marshes is a wartime musical picture of the dreamy and wistful atmosphere of the Suffolk marshes.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This is the first recording of Theodore Holland's 1940 Ellingham Marshes, a beautiful dark piece. This is also the first recording of Richard Harvey's Reflections for viola and small orchestra. I also notice influence from other film composers like Bernard Hermann and John Williams in this very colorful, well written, and very appealing work. Roger Chase is a terrific violist. I love his recording of Benjamin Dale's viola music (Dutton 7204, S/O 2008) and am extremely grateful for what he has done to promote British viola music.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
Chase conjures the most gorgeous tone from the Montagnana viola that once belonged to Lionel Tertis...and his alliance with Stephen Bell and the BBC CO radiates such joy, lyrical ardour and freshness of new discovery as to make me fall in love all over again with what is arguably Bax's most nationalistic statement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford (04/16/2012-04/18/2012).



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Works Details

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Phantasy, for viola & orchestra in D minor
  • Performer: Roger Chase (Viola)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford (04/16/2012-04/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1920

>Holland, Theodore : Ellingham Marshes, for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Roger Chase (Viola)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford (04/16/2012-04/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940s

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Suite for viola & small orchestra
  • Performer: Roger Chase (Viola)
  • Conductor: Stephen Bell
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Harvey, Richard : Reflections, for viola & small orchestra
  • Performer: Roger Chase (Viola)
  • Conductor: Richard Harvey
  • Notes: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford (04/16/2012-04/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-2012