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English Works for Viola & Orchestra / Xiao, Kovacs, Budapest Symphony


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3486  
Composer:  Arnold BaxSir William WaltonRalph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao
Conductor:  Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The viola has long languished in the shadow of its smaller and more popular sibling, the violin. While it has been an essential ensemble and orchestral instrument, the viola has had relatively little music written for it in solo roles- in both the chamber and especially the concerto genres. But owing largely to the influence of twentieth-century English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis, a number of prominent English composers have been inspired to write new music for this overlooked instrument. Of particularly superb quality and appeal are the three viola works by Sir Arnold Bax, Sir William Walton, and Ralph Vaughan Williams presented in this lovely album. Internationally acclaimed viola virtuoso and teacher Hong-Mei Xiao performs these three Read more remarkable works to perfection, with outstanding collaboration from distinguished conductor Janos Kovacs leading the excellent Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra in D minor by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920 
2.
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
3.
Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 

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