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Odyssey: New Music for Viola by American Women Composers - Larsen, Bond, Matthews, Tann, Wei / Hsiaopei Lee, viola; Chialing Hsieh, piano

Album Summary

>Larsen, Libby : Sonata for viola & piano
>Bond, Victoria : Fasmind Flower, for solo viola
>Matthews, Rachel : Dreams, for viola & piano
>Tann, Hilary : The Cresset Stone, for solo cello (or viola)
>Wei, Chen Chi : Between Stream and Hills V ("Odyssey"), for viola & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This notable release of contemporary viola music features the work of five American women composers. Dr. Hsiaopei Lee has been Principal Viola in the Meridian Symphony since 2005, when she joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi. This is her first CD. Dr. Chia-Ling Hsieh is the faculty accompanist and coordinator for the accompanying area at Morehead State University, where she also teaches class piano. Both performers are active recitalists in the U.S. and abroad.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
All are accessible, well made, and wonderfully suited to the dark sounds of a viola. Some composers (Larsen, Tann) are well known; those who are less so obviously deserve more attention. Hsiaopei Lee on viola and her accompanist Chialing Hsieh are excellent collaborators, and in the viola solos Lee distinguishes herself as a superb player. Her tone has a beautiful suaveness. The recording, from University of Southern Mississippi, is warmly suited for viola sonorities.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Larsen, Libby : Sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: Chia-Ling Hsieh (Piano); Hsiaopei Lee (Viola)
  • Notes: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Bond, Victoria : Fasmind Flower, for solo viola
  • Performer: Hsiaopei Lee (Viola)
  • Notes: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Matthews, Rachel : Dreams, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Chia-Ling Hsieh (Piano); Hsiaopei Lee (Viola)
  • Notes: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.

>Tann, Hilary : The Cresset Stone, for solo cello (or viola)
  • Performer: Hsiaopei Lee (Viola)
  • Notes: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Wei, Chen Chi : Between Stream and Hills V ("Odyssey"), for viola & piano
  • Performers: Chia-Ling Hsieh (Piano); Hsiaopei Lee (Viola)
  • Notes: LSU Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral