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Remembrances From Home / Christina Placilla, Hector Landa

Albeniz / Ravel / Martinu / Placilla / Landa
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  José P. Moncayo GarcíaCecil ForsythIvan KhandoshkinBohuslav Martinu,   ... 
Performer:  Christina PlacillaHector Landa
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Agreeably recorded, this is an attractive disc, and will appeal to viola-fanciers looking for some off-beat material.

This recital mixes original works for viola and piano with transcriptions. The balance is finely judged and the hour or so passes congenially. An example of the latter mix is Mallorca, which is played wistfully but with a touch of nasal tone by Christina Placilla. She and Hector Landa follow it with a bona fide sonata by the Mexican José Pablo Moncayo, whose 1934 three movement work lasts for around sixteen minutes. There are some striking rhythmic ‘snaps’ for the pianist – here Hector Landa, who plays well throughout - where the viola figuration accompanies subserviently, and there’s plenty of
Read more stalking vitality. The austerely lyric line spun by the viola in the slow movement, after the abrupt piano start, is an astutely judged tactic. The notes, by the violist, speak of the sonata owing much to Native Mexican music, as well as to Spanish and African rhythms; she says that the finale sounds ‘Aztec’. I’m not up on Aztec music but if it means rhythmically exhausting, I’ll steer clear. It’s a disappointing end, this ‘finale problem’, to the sonata.

Cecil Forsyth was about as un-Aztec as it’s possible to get and his Chanson Celtique is a pleasant example of a well mined seam; his Viola Concerto is on Hyperion. Khandoshkin is enjoying something of a vogue at the moment, at least in relative terms, given his significance in Russian music. His Variations on a Russian theme of Love derives from the second of his Deux Chansons Russes varieé, for violin and cello Op.4. The arrangement heard here comes via Vadim Borisovsky’s orchestration, which the two current performers have adapted. It’s a bold work, owing quite a bit to Tartini and his ilk, and replete with virtuosic demands. It’s always good to hear proponents of Martinu’s music for viola, and the First Sonata, written for Lillian Fuchs (1901-1995) in 1955 is heard to advantage here. And so too is Stan Golestan’s Arioso et Allegro de Concert. The Arioso, though based on the Romanian Doïna, is a touch cosmopolitan but Golestan gets down to business in the Allegro, which utilises the Hora, and consequently there’s plenty of vitality and opportunities for panache. I don’t know many fiddlers who have proselytised for Golestan but one who did was violinist Lola Bobescu.

Agreeably recorded, this is an attractive disc, and will appeal to viola-fanciers looking for some off-beat material.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for viola & piano by José P. Moncayo García
Performer:  Christina Placilla (Viola), Hector Landa (Piano)
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Chanson celtique, for viola & piano by Cecil Forsyth
Performer:  Hector Landa (Piano), Christina Placilla (Viola)
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Variations on a Russian Theme of Love, for viola & piano by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Hector Landa (Piano), Christina Placilla (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Viola and Piano no 1 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Hector Landa (Piano), Christina Placilla (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 15 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Arioso & Allegro de Concert for viola & piano by Stan Golestan
Performer:  Hector Landa (Piano), Christina Placilla (Viola)
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Hector Landa (Piano), Christina Placilla (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Christina Placilla (Viola), Hector Landa (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Ovation Sound, Winston-Salem, NC 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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