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Fantasy and Farewell: Music for Viola and Orchestra - Michael McLean: Suite; Schumann: Marchenbilder; Shostakovich: Viola Sonata / Roger Myers, viola

Album Summary

>McLean, Michael : Suite for viola & orchestra
>Schumann, Robert : Marchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Throughout its history the viola has served primarily as an ensemble instrument, with solo works largely restricted to recital music. This, violist Roger Myers' debut on Delos, offers the remarkable fruits of a "new formula" to expand the limited repertoire for viola and orchestra: skillfully transforming well-known chamber masterpieces into impressive and colorful orchestral works.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
McLean's orchestration of Robert Schumann's Marchenbilder, Op. 113, is a masterpiece. I find myself smiling through the whole piece, wishing it would never end. Vladimir Mendelssohn's transcription of the Shostakovich Viola Sonata is for solo viola, string orchestra, and celeste. The Australian violist Roger Myers is an excellent player, and the London Symphony sounds spectacular.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This program brings together Michael McLean's winning Suite for viola and orchestra, his orchestration of Schumann's Marchenbilder, and Vladimir Mendelssohn's orchestration of Shostakovich's last piece. I've still enjoyed hearing it, and I think violists will be excited to have a beautiful, playable, emotionally rich piece to add to the repertory. The Schumann is compelling. Myers, fine on the rest of the program, it as his best here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/03/2012-01/05/2012).



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Works Details

>McLean, Michael : Suite for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Roger Myers (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/03/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Schumann, Robert : Märchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
  • Performer: Roger Myers (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/03/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
  • Performer: Roger Myers (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Francis
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/03/2012-01/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975