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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

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
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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.

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