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Walton: Viola Concerto; Bowen, Etc / Callus, Et Al


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 1181   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsHerbert HowellsYork BowenSir William Walton
Performer:  Helen CallusVesa-Matti LeppanenDavid GillingVyvyan Yendoll,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A treasurable version of the Walton Concerto and a great programme, including the abundantly lyrical Bowen Concerto and a most beautiful account of the Howells Elegy.

Helen Callus, British-born but based in America, plays with sumptuous tone matched by flawless intonation to give the most beautiful account I have ever heard of the Walton Concerto. She brings out the warmth of Walton’s lyricism, one memorable theme after another, and finds a rare mystery in the pianissimo passages, above all in the haunting epilogue. Marc Taddei draws playing from the New Zealand orchestra that is warm in the lyricism and incisive in Walton’s characteristic syncopations.

The coupled works are all valuable. The Vaughan
Read more Williams Suite, a rarity, has three brief movements, two in characteristic pastoral vein followed by a vigorous finale. Then comes a most beautiful account of the Howells Elegy, orchestra members making up the string quartet set against the solo viola. Lawrence Power (Hyperion, 7/05) alerted us to the abundant lyricism of York Bowen’s Concerto. Callus is just as impressive, playing with a very wide dynamic range.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [9/2006]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (02/09/2005 - 02/11/2005) 
2.
Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Vesa-Matti Leppanen (Violin), David Gilling (Violin), Vyvyan Yendoll (Viola),
David Chickering (Cello), Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (02/09/2005 - 02/11/2005) 
3.
Concerto for Viola, Op. 25 by York Bowen
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 31 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (02/09/1991 - 02/11/1991) 
4.
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 27 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (02/09/2005 - 02/11/2005) 

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