GEORGE WALKER (b.1922): Viola Sonata, MAURICE GARDNER (1909-2002): Tricinium for Solo Viola, Suite for Violin and Viola, MICHAEL COLGRASS (b.1932): Variations for 4 Drums and Viola.

Catalogue Number: 06K093

Label: Centaur

Reference: CRC 2982

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Walker's succinctly discursive sonata uses recurring thematic material of contrasting character across its two-movement form to give an impression of a loose but cohesive sonata-form-like structure to its tautly argued form. Gardner's solo sonata is rhapsodic, also fundamentally tonal and makes the most of the viola's rich tone-color, while his suite presents five lively contrasting dialogues between violin and viola, stately, energetic, tinged with a bluesy melancholy. Colgrass, a percussionist-composer, pairs the viola with a set of small tuned tom-toms in a set of five ingenious variations which conjure some unexpected expressive potential from this unlikely combination, again in an attractive tonal context. Juliet White-Smith (viola), Heidi Brende (piano), Richard Fuchs (violin), Michael Smith (percussion).


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