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The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression, Vol. 2 / Valdimarsdottir, Worms


Release Date: 05/17/2019 
Label:  Zefir Records   Catalog #: 9663  
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnHans GálDmitri ShostakovichPaul Hindemith
Performer:  Asdis ValdimarsdottirMarcel Worms
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Viola is surely not the most assertive instrument among the string family. It reaches neither the extreme height of the violin nor the rumbling depth and the strength of the cello and contrabass. Its role is more integrating than leading or polarizing; and in brilliance, maneuverability and sound projection the violin wins hands down. But if a composer wants to express his or her feelings with maximum intensity and depth, he chooses the viola remarkably often. The loss of a loved one, a repressive political system, persecution and war were more than once the motivation for the composing of music with the viola as the most important voice for expressing the underlying emotions. The dark, somewhat veiled sound of the instrument makes it Read more particularly suited to such a role. On this album, the second of two, we have recorded Mendelssohn, Gal, Shostakovich and Hindemith. Compositions for viola and piano in which oppression, both personal and political, has played, directly or indirectly, an unmistakable role. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Viola and Piano in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Viola), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
2.
Sonata for viola & piano in A major, Op. 101 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Viola), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Scotland 
3.
Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Viola), Marcel Worms (Piano)
4.
Sonata for Viola (1939) by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Viola), Marcel Worms (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Germany 

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