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Duos For Viola & Violoncello

Melcher / Ostertag / Kirchner / Beethoven
Release Date: 06/19/2012 
Label:  Coviello Classics   Catalog #: 51208   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alessandro RollaWitold LutoslawskiVolker David KirchnerJulian Milone,   ... 
Performer:  Katrin MelcherMartin Ostertag
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Duos for viola and cello are not exactly a typical chamber music genre - at fi rst glance, the contrast between the two instruments, which play in a similar register, seems too small. But it is precisely this lack of a clearly dominant voice that opens up new interpretive possibilities; almost inevitably, the focus shifts away from virtuosic effects and changes to chamber music-like intimacy that compels both composer and listener to concentration. On their new CD, Katrin Melcher and Martin Ostertag explore this distinctive sound world with a series of original compositions. Duos for viola and cello are not exactly a typical chamber music genre - at fi rst glance, the contrast between the two instruments, which play in a similar register, seems too small. But it is precisely this lack of a clearly dominant voice that opens up new interpretive possibilities; almost inevitably, the focus shifts away from virtuosic effects and changes to chamber music-like intimacy that compels both composer and listener to concentration. On their new CD, Katrin Melcher and Martin Ostertag explore this distinctive sound world with a series of original compositions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Duet for viola & cello in F major, BI 326 by Alessandro Rolla
Performer:  Katrin Melcher (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Bucolics, pieces (5) for viola & cello (originally for piano solo) by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Martin Ostertag (Cello), Katrin Melcher (Viola)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1962 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Microludien (3), for viola & cello by Volker David Kirchner
Performer:  Katrin Melcher (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello)
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Partita, for viola & cello by Julian Milone
Performer:  Katrin Melcher (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello)
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Pieces (2) for viola & cello by Rebecca Clarke
Performer:  Katrin Melcher (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1918 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Duet for Viola and Cello by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Martin Ostertag (Cello), Katrin Melcher (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Germany 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7.
Duo for viola & cello in E flat major ("With two eyeglasses obbligato"), WoO 32 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Ostertag (Cello), Katrin Melcher (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio Baden-Baden 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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