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Sonatas & Suites - works by Bréville, Koechlin; Tournemire / Steven Dann, viola; James Parker, piano

Album Summary

>Breville, Pierre de : Sonata for viola & piano
>Koechlin, Charles : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 53
>Tournemire, Charles : Suite in three parts, for viola & piano, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

It wasn't until 1894, 99 years after the violin and cello were allowed into the Paris Conservatory, that the institution's great doors were opened for the viola. On this recording, internationally renowned Canadian violist Steven Dann and pianist James Parker introduce listeners to little known music, including two works that have never before been recorded.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Steven Dann has held the position of principal viola with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. He has also done a good deal of solo work with orchestra and is the violist of the Zebra Trio and the ARC Ensemble. His playing is as impressive as his resume. He is one of the very finest violists I have had the pleasure of hearing. He has a firm, even tone, his vibrato is fast and perfectly even, and he can vibrate on any note he wants to. His fingers are fleet and nimble, and his intonation is absolutely perfect. I should also mention that he is a very intelligent, tasteful musician with the personality of a soloist. I regret that I have never heard him before now, and I hope that I will have many opportunities to hear him again. He plays a viola built around 1780 by Joseph Gagliano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall, Domaine Forget, Saint-Ir (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Breville, Pierre de : Sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: Steven Dann (Viola); James Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koechlin, Charles : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 53
  • Performers: Steven Dann (Viola); James Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1915

>Tournemire, Charles : Suite in three parts, for viola & piano, Op. 11
  • Performers: Steven Dann (Viola); James Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic