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Tribute To Lionel Tertis & William Primrose

Schotten,Yizhak
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 630   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnFranz LisztCarl Philipp Emmanuel BachNiccolò Paganini,   ... 
Performer:  Yizhak SchottenKatherine Collier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a well-judged and executed dual tribute, finely recorded and annotated.

There have been tribute discs to William Primrose and to Lionel Tertis, but I’m not sure that there has ever been a joint salute to the Anglo-Scottish pairing before. Interleaving transcriptions by the two greatest violists of the twentieth century makes for engaging programming and Schotten, who is a Primrose student, has cannily selected items for good contrastive and expressive reasons.
 
In fact throughout the disc he alternates transcriptions by both men, starting with Primrose’s Haydn arrangement and ending with Tertis’s famous transcription of Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro. In most cases the transcribers
Read more themselves left behind recorded examples, so we can, if we wish, listen both to the transcriber himself and to a contemporary performer such as Schotten who is influenced most especially, naturally, by Primrose.
 
Contrasting performances between Schotten and his eminent predecessors is always a tendentious business as it’s up to younger generations to stamp their own mark on transcriptions, if they are any good, and have lasting value. To say that Schotten doesn’t play these pieces like Primrose or Tertis is merely to say that he plays them like Schotten, which is as it should be. Nevertheless I will indicate a few markers to show what he does, and how he plays these generally highly effective transcriptions, ones that have furnished violists with a good range of recital repertory for over four generations now.
 
According to Tully Potter’s notes, Primrose only recorded the Allegro di molto finale of the Haydn, but I think he recorded the opening Adagio as well in 1947. Schotten plays well here, but lacks Primrose’s witty rubati. Tertis takes the viola high in Liebesträume but Schotten copes well, though without his model’s deep richness of tone. Primrose’s brilliance and clarity of articulation are what sets him apart from other violists in the C.P.E. Bach Solfeggietto - his 1939 Victor recording with Joseph Kahn is an amazing example of just these qualities. Primrose recorded J.S. Bach’s Komm Süsser Tod, but not, I think, this Tertis arrangement. Of the Paganini, all that needs to be said is that when Mischa Elman heard Primrose plays these transcriptions, he is alleged to have muttered; ‘Huh, must be easier on the viola.’
 
I like the way Schott plays the Fauré transcriptions, especially Après un rêve, which I always feel Tertis plays a touch too quickly, on both his recordings. Schott gets it just right. Unlike Tertis he can stretch out in the Schubert Nacht und Träume and the results are very different. Tertis’ recording was on a 10” so he had to hurry. Schott plays the Allegro from Boccherini’s Sonata in A elegantly but without Primrose’s mobile and noble eloquence in his 1939 Victor, again with Kahn. It’s good to hear the two Arthur Benjamin transcriptions, though they’re often enough done by violists. I’ve got a feeling Schotten has listened to Tertis’s 1922 recording of the Grieg song, Jeg elsker Dig (Ich Liebe Dich) as the tempo and phrasing are very sympathetic to the original. The following year Tertis recorded Grieg’s Third Violin Sonata in his viola arrangement. Schott espouses nice echo effects in La Chasse, one of Tertis’ favourites amongst his own recordings - and where he was placed a bit further back from the recording horn than in the Grieg, to advantage. I’ve never heard Primrose’s recording of the Praeludium and Allegro but I’ve heard both of the transcriber’s, Tertis. Schotten plays well but needs a bit more panache.
 
This is a well-judged and executed dual tribute, finely recorded and annotated.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Divertimento in D major: Allegro di molto by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1760 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (40) for Keyboard, Wq 117: no 2, Solfeggio in C minor, H 220 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1766; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 13 in B flat major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Tambourin for violin & piano (transcription from Rameau's Les Fêtes d'Hébé) by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Katherine Collier (Piano), Yizhak Schotten (Viola)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Katherine Collier (Piano), Yizhak Schotten (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
From San Domingo, for viola & piano by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Elégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 24 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 5 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 71: no 5, Minnelied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Jamaican Rumba by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
May Breezes [after Mendelssohn] by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15.
La chasse in the style of Cartier by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Katherine Collier (Piano), Yizhak Schotten (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17.
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in C major, G 6: Allegro by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Katherine Collier (Piano), Yizhak Schotten (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yizhak Schotten (Viola), Katherine Collier (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009-01/2010 
Venue:  Britton Recital Hall, University of Mich 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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