Gems Rediscovered: Juon, Walker, Dale & Fuchs / Spencer Martin, viola; Miko Kominami, piano

> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 15 - I. Moderato
> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 15 - II. Adagio assai e molto cantabile
> Viola Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 15 - III. Allegro moderato
> Viola Sonata in C major, Op. 29 - I. Andante, sempre largamente, quasi un poco adagio
> Viola Sonata in C major, Op. 29 - II. Presto agitato
> Viola Sonata in C major, Op. 29 - III. Allegro ma non troppo
> Suite in D minor - Suite in D minor: II. Romance
> Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 86 - I. Allegro moderato, ma passionato
> Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 86 - II. Andante grazioso
> Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 86 - III. Allegro vivace

Album Summary

>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in D major, Op. 15
>Walker, Ernest [Composer] : Sonata for viola & piano in C major, Op. 29
>Dale, Benjamin J. : Suite in D minor for viola & piano, Op. 2
>Fuchs, Robert : Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 86
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Notes & Reviews:

"It is my hope that this music will be of interest to violists and non-violists alike, as each of these pieces deserves a place in our standard repertory." -- Spencer Martin The burnished, golden sonorities of the viola - the "forgotten stepsister" to the violin - are all too seldom heard in chamber compositions. Viola virtuoso supreme Spencer Martin and Delos seek to redress this injustice with "Forgotten Gems," a collection of lovely and beautifully crafted works for viola and piano from four little-known composers of the late-romantic era ... works that definitely deserve to be restored to the sadly limited repertoire of chamber music for the viola. Martin brings these fascinating works work to vibrant life, with deft and sensitive collaboration from pianist Miko Kominami.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Spencer Martin teaches at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is a fine violist who is fully equal to the challenges of these works. Miko Kominami also teaches at Luther College. She is a fine pianist who is not afraid to take the lead when the music demands it, for example, in the Juon. I am grateful to them for recording these interesting works that I have not heard before, especially the muscular, almost bombastic Juon.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Noble Recital Hall, Luther College, Decorah, IA (01/27/2011-01/29/2011).



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>Juon, Paul : Sonata for viola & piano in D major, Op. 15
  • Performers: Miko Kominami (Piano); Spencer Martin (Viola)
  • Notes: Noble Recital Hall, Luther College, Decorah, IA (01/27/2011-01/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, Ernest [Composer] : Sonata for viola & piano in C major, Op. 29
  • Performers: Miko Kominami (Piano); Spencer Martin (Viola)
  • Notes: Noble Recital Hall, Luther College, Decorah, IA (01/27/2011-01/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dale, Benjamin J. : Suite in D minor for viola & piano, Op. 2 :: 2. Romance
  • Performers: Miko Kominami (Piano); Spencer Martin (Viola)
  • Notes: Noble Recital Hall, Luther College, Decorah, IA (01/27/2011-01/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Fuchs, Robert : Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 86
  • Performers: Miko Kominami (Piano); Spencer Martin (Viola)
  • Notes: Noble Recital Hall, Luther College, Decorah, IA (01/27/2011-01/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909