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Elgar, Schnittke: Viola Concertos / David Aaron Carpenter

Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 11532   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarAlfred Schnittke
Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

October 2009, Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice!

23-year-old violist David Aaron Carpenter has recently emerged as one of the world's most promising young talents. This recording, his debut album, couples two concertos: a viola arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar's famous Cello Concerto and the Viola Concerto (1985) by Alfred Schnittke. Christoph Eschenbach leads the Philharmonia Orchestra. David Aaron Carpenter adapted much of the Elgar Concerto himself, using the well-known and Elgar-sanctioned arrangement completed by Lionel Tertis in 1930 as a basis.

Since making his orchestral debut in 2005 with The Philadelphia Orchestra under
Read more Christoph Eschenbach, David Aaron Carpenter has been performing with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. In 2006, he won the the prestigious Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition. In 2007, he became the first American and so far the youngest protégé for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and the protégé of world-renowned violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman. He was chosen among an international selection that included every violinist and violist of his generation.

David Aaron Carpenter has been acclaimed as producing, "a seductively rich sound and demonstrating both a forceful interpretive personality and remarkable control of his instrument," (The New York Times) and, "whose beautiful modulated tone makes a striking impression." (The Strad)

R E V I E W S:

"Carpenter gives a commandingly articulate display (of the Elgar Concerto), and the Philharmonia are on immaculately scrubbed form under Christoph Eschenbach's thoughtful lead. (In the Schnittke Concerto) Carpenter plays with superlative assurance and magnetic conviction (...). An impressive and bold debut."
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, October 2009, Editor's Choice

If there's such a thing as an overnight-star violist, it's David Aaron Carpenter. (...) he makes an excellent case for the viola version of Elgar's concerto (...). Carpenter is in a league with the best (...). Much credit is no doubt to Christoph Eschenbach, who has recorded lots of Schnittke concertos with great conviction.
David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 2009
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter (Viola)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Concerto for Viola by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter (Viola)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USSR 

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