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Permutations:' Works for Viola & Piano, by Kapustin, J.M. Williams, Finney, Mumford & Walker / Eliesha Nelson, viola; James Howsmon, piano [CD & Blu-Ray Audio]

Album Summary

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 69
>Williams, John McLaughlin : Pieces (2) for viola
>Finney, Ross Lee : Sonata for viola & piano no 2
>Mumford, Jeffrey : wending, for solo viola
>Walker, George : Sonata for viola & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album is comprised of five virtuosic viola pieces that explore some of the many varied aspects of American music. All the composers are American with one exception: Russian Nikolai Kapustin, included because he incorporates American jazz elements in his music. The other composers featured are: GRAMMY® award-winning conductor, composer, pianist and violinist, John McLaughlin Williams, conductor on several recordings for the Naxos "American Classics" series, African-American composer and concert pianist George Walker, composer Ross Lee Finney, whose second viola sonata (1953, rev. 1955) implements the 12- tone technique, and Washington, DC based composer Jeffery Mumford, whose piece, "Wending," is a musical portrait and celebration of violist Wendy Richman. GRAMMY® nominated violist Eliesha Nelson has a passion for performing and promoting music of neglected composers who have created masterworks for the viola. She has been critically acclaimed in international publications for her outstanding interpretive abilities. She is a marvelous player... a ravishing violist..." - L.A. Times

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
All this music is worth hearing, and not just by violists looking for new repertory. Eliesha Nelson and James Howsmon are superb musicians, and their interpretations are thoughtful and authoritative. You get a standard CD and an audio-only Blu-Ray disc in the jewel case; the Blu-Ray allows the sound to bloom more richly, and it has MP3, FLAC, and WAV files for transferring to your portable player. Notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-).



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Works Details

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 69
  • Performers: James Howsmon (Piano); Eliesha Nelson (Viola)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, John McLaughlin : Pieces (2) for viola
  • Performer: Eliesha Nelson (Viola)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finney, Ross Lee : Sonata for viola & piano no 2
  • Performers: James Howsmon (Piano); Eliesha Nelson (Viola)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Mumford, Jeffrey : wending, for solo viola
  • Performers: James Howsmon (Piano); Eliesha Nelson (Viola)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Walker, George : Sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: James Howsmon (Piano); Eliesha Nelson (Viola)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (2013-08-05_2013-08-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989