ALAN RICHARDSON (1904-1978): Viola Sonata, Sussex Lullaby, ROBIN ORR (1909-2006): Viola Sonata, WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Sonatina No. 2 for Viola and Piano, SEBASTIAN FORBES (b.1941): St Andrews Solo for Solo Viola, Arrangements: PIETRO NARDINI (1722-1793): Concerto in G Minor, JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764): Tambourin (both arr. Watson Forbes [1909-1997] and Alan Richardson), JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Sinfonia from the Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156 (arr. Forbes).
Catalogue Number: 09O062
Reference: NI 6180
Description: Music either written for or arranged by Scottish violist Watson Forbes, all of it tonal and melodic with the two sonatas by Orr (1947) and Richardson (1949) at its center. The powerful and serious Orr was available in a 1978 broadcast recording on a Guild disc offered back in December of 2009 but there is no other recording of the more lyrical Richardson. The Nardini is more of an adaptation than a transcription, complete with 20th century harmonies! Martin Outram (viola), Julian Rolton (piano).