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British Music for Viola and Orchestra / Callus, Taddei, New Zealand Symphony


Release Date: 05/11/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573876  
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsHerbert HowellsSir William WaltonYork Bowen
Performer:  Helen Callus
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The ‘warm voice’ of the viola has long been associated with pioneering British performers such as Lionel Tertis, for whom Vaughan Williams wrote his tuneful and elegantly crafted ‘Suite.’ Tertis famously rejected the score of Walton’s ‘Viola Concerto,’ but instantly regretted his decision on hearing its lyrical warmth and piquant blend of delicacy and bite at the premiere performed by Paul Hindemith. Howells’s somber but noble ‘Elegy’ is a memorial for a student colleague killed in action during World War I. Hailed as “one of the world’s greatest violists” (American Record Guide), Helen Callus continues to captivate audiences with her lyrical tone, technical command, and profound artistry. She is a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, Read more and concerto soloists. She has performed with such world-class ensembles as the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and delighted audiences across the world. She is an award-winning recording artist and her seven releases have been met with the highest critical acclaim. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
2.
Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
3.
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
4.
Concerto for Viola, Op. 25 by York Bowen
Performer:  Helen Callus (Viola)
Conductor:  Marc Taddei
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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