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Romantic Viola Sonatas / Togawa, Grigoryan


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573730  
Composer:  Georges OnslowFelix MendelssohnJohann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Performer:  Hiyoli TogawaLilit Grigoryan
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The viola established itself as a prominent solo voice in the twentieth century, but the three works here illustrate the instrument’s wide spectrum in chamber music of the nineteenth century. Concluding with a striking series of free variations, Mendelssohn’s Viola Sonata in C minor is notable for its combination of dignified melancholy, exuberance and lightness of texture, culminating in a striking series of free variations. Prague-born Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda’s Six Nocturnes, Op. 186 exemplify the beautifully crafted poetry and lyric features for which he was so admired, while Georges Onslow’s Viola Sonata, arranged from the cello original, is exceptionally elegant and virtuosic. The viola established itself as a prominent solo voice in the twentieth century, but the three works here illustrate the instrument’s wide spectrum in chamber music of the nineteenth century. Concluding with a striking series of free variations, Mendelssohn’s Viola Sonata in C minor is notable for its combination of dignified melancholy, exuberance and lightness of texture, culminating in a striking series of free variations. Prague-born Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda’s Six Nocturnes, Op. 186 exemplify the beautifully crafted poetry and lyric features for which he was so admired, while Georges Onslow’s Viola Sonata, arranged from the cello original, is exceptionally elegant and virtuosic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for cello/viola & piano, Op. 16/1 by Georges Onslow
Performer:  Hiyoli Togawa (Viola), Lilit Grigoryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820 
2.
Sonata for Viola and Piano in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Hiyoli Togawa (Viola), Lilit Grigoryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
3.
Nocturnes (6), Op. 186 by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Performer:  Hiyoli Togawa (Viola), Lilit Grigoryan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

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