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Gal: Music for Viola, Vol. 1 / Pakkala


Release Date: 09/06/2019 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 535  
Composer:  Hans Gál
Performer:  Hanna PakkalaReijo TunkkariIrina ZahharenkovaTakuya Takashima
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hans Gál (1890–1987) wrote extensively for the viola, including several remarkable works dating from the first decade of his new life in Edinburgh, where he took refuge after the Nazis seized power in his native Austria. His poignant Suite Concertante for viola and orchestra – effectively a concerto for the instrument – is joined here by three substantial chamber works, all infused with Gál’s trademark lyricism. Hanna Pakkala, the violist in all four works here, is the principal viola of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and also plays in the Kokkola String Quartet; and Toccata Classics is delighted to welcome the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and its chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, to its roster of artists. Hans Gál (1890–1987) wrote extensively for the viola, including several remarkable works dating from the first decade of his new life in Edinburgh, where he took refuge after the Nazis seized power in his native Austria. His poignant Suite Concertante for viola and orchestra – effectively a concerto for the instrument – is joined here by three substantial chamber works, all infused with Gál’s trademark lyricism. Hanna Pakkala, the violist in all four works here, is the principal viola of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and also plays in the Kokkola String Quartet; and Toccata Classics is delighted to welcome the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and its chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, to its roster of artists. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for viola & piano, Op. 102a by Hans Gál
Performer:  Hanna Pakkala (Viola)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Scotland 
2.
Divertimento for Violin and Viola, Op. 90 no 3 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Hanna Pakkala (Viola), Reijo Tunkkari (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Scotland 
3.
Sonata for viola & piano in A major, Op. 101 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Hanna Pakkala (Viola), Irina Zahharenkova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Scotland 
4.
Trio for Oboe, Violin, & Viola, Op. 94 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Reijo Tunkkari (Violin), Hanna Pakkala (Viola), Takuya Takashima (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Scotland 

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