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Benjamin James Dale (1885-1943): The Romantic Viola - Suite in D, Op. 2; Phantasy, Op. 4; Introduction and Andante for 6 violas, Op. 5 / Yuko Inoue, viola; Stephen Coombs, piano

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> Suite in D minor, Op. 2 - I. Fantasy-Prelude
> Suite in D minor, Op. 2 - II. Romance
> Suite in D minor, Op. 2 - III. Finale
> Introduction and Andante, Op. 5 - Introduction and Andante, Op. 5
> Phantasy in D major, Op. 4 - Phantasy in D major, Op. 4

Album Summary

>Dale, Benjamin J. : Suite for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 2
>Dale, Benjamin J. : Introduction & Andante for 6 violas, Op. 5
>Dale, Benjamin J. : Phantasy for viola & piano, Op. 4
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Benjamin Dale's compositions are relatively few in number but of great distinction. In particular it was Dale's friendship with Lionel Tertis, the father of modern viola playing, which inspired a series of outstanding works for the instrument. The monumental Suite for Viola and Piano in D major combines virtuosity and beautiful melodic writing, while the single movement Phantasy for Viola and Pianoopens and concludes with a sublimely memorable tune. Written for Tertis and his pupils, the Introduction and Andante for Six Violas was described by Dale's teacher, Frederick Corder, as 'a work of remarkable beauty, power and originality.'

MusicWeb International, 2nd January 2014
When presented with performances of such commitment and high technical accomplishment as those here one can sit back and enjoy the musical delights offered.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The Phantasy of 1910 is a single, 20-minute movement in three sections. It begins with a long introduction by the piano, and then the viola joins in with a melancholy melody. York Bowen's Fantasia for four violas from 1907 was remarkable is amazing. The violas are played over most of their range, and a wide range of techniques is used, including pizzicato, sul ponticello, and harmonics. The sixth viola's C string is tuned down to G so it can reach an A-flat in the last bar. Looking back, it is remarkable the influence that Lionel Tertis had on British composers at this time. He must have had a powerful and inspiring personality, aside from being a first-class virtuoso. Yuko Inoue plays an instrument made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, Englan (2013-07-06&2012-07-20&2012-).



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>Dale, Benjamin J. : Suite for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 2
  • Performers: Yuko Inoue (Viola); Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Ensemble: RAM Viola Sextet
  • Notes: The Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, England (2013-07-06&2012-07-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Dale, Benjamin J. : Introduction & Andante for 6 violas, Op. 5
  • Ensemble: Ram Viola Sextet (Viola Sextet)
  • Notes: The Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, England (2013-07-06&2012-07-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Dale, Benjamin J. : Phantasy for viola & piano, Op. 4
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Yuko Inoue (Viola)
  • Notes: The Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, England (2013-07-06&2012-07-20&2012-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/26/1910