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Bartók, Schnittke: Viola Concertos / Penkov, Athineos, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Viola, Sz 120
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for Viola
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

During the 20th Century the viola came into its own as a solo instrument. Among the numerous new compositions inspired by the viola's specific, unique timbre and its rich technical possibilities - the equal of those of the violin or cello - the most significant may be the Bartok, one of the last works by the Hungarian master. Commissioned by William Primrose, the work went through many trials and was never finished due to Bartok's death, existing only in manuscript. But Bartok's pupil, Tibor Serly (who was also a member of the viola section, led by Primrose, of the NBC Symphony) finished the work and Primrose premiered it in 1949 with Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony.


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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Viola, Sz 120
  • Performer: Dimitar Penkov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Nikos Athinaos
  • Running Time: 22 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for Viola
  • Performer: Dimitar Penkov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Nikos Athinaos
  • Running Time: 31 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1985