Concerto For Viola

Lawrence Power, Andrew Litton - Rozsa, Bartok: Viola Concertos; Serly: Rhapsody For Viola (2010)

Lawrence Power, Andrew Litton - Rozsa, Bartok: Viola Concertos; Serly: Rhapsody For Viola (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 235 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67687

The British viola player Lawrence Power continues to be acclaimed as one of the greatest performers of today. Together with Hyperion he is recording all of the seminal twentieth-century works for the viola. Of the three Hungarian works for viola and orchestra on this latest release, the best-known is Bartok’s viola concerto, completed after the composer’s death by Tibor Serly.
Andrei Eshpai - Concertos  for Viola - Violin - Piano & Concerto Grosso

Andrei Eshpai - Concertos for Viola - Violin - Piano & Concerto Grosso
EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG | SCANS | 1CD | 311 MB | Fsonic
XX Century Classical | Label: Russian Disc

Andrei Eshpai was born in Kosmodemhansk 15 May 1925. He was educated at the Moscow Conservatory from 1948-1953 (piano under Sofronitsky; composition under Rakov, Miaskovsky and Golubev). Postgraduate study under Aram Khachaturian from 1953-1956.
His musical expressive means are very unusual due to his usage of the folklore of his native Mari people. Typically his colourful orchestral sound seems to distill the essence of the natural world of the far north. He uses syncopated rhythms; his rhythms seem to be related to the music of Bartok. He uses often alternations of ostinato-tuttis and rhythmic shifts from folklore music.
Here I present the firs of two CD's I own with his works.

Quincy Porter - Complete Works for Viola  Music

Posted by Su_Lihua at Feb. 22, 2011
Quincy Porter - Complete Works for Viola

Qunicy Porter - Complete Works for Viola
EAC | FLAC+Cue+Log | Scans | 1 CD | 370 Mb
Classical | Dorian Sonoluminus 90911 | 2010

Grammy® nominated recording of the complete works for viola by the celebrated American composer Quincy Porter (1897-1966). Porter developed a unique music style and sound as result of his studies in France with Andre Caplet and Vincent d'Indy, and in New York with Ernest Bloch. Porter's music has a singing quality, possessing genuine rhythmic verve and is always fresh, spontaneous, independent, intellectual, and at the same time emotionally vital.
Tim Hugh, Mirjam Tschopp, Bilkent SO, Howard Griffiths - Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Cello Concerto; Viola Concerto (2007)

Ahmed Adnan Saygun: Cello Concerto; Viola Concerto (2007)
Tim Hugh, cello; Mirjam Tschopp, viola; Bilkent Symphony Orchestra; Howard Griffiths, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: cpo | # cpo 777 290-2 | Time: 00:55:27

This disc strikes me as an ideal introduction to the music of Turkey’s greatest composer. Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s style might be described as “Szymanowski with a primal rhythmic feel.” If you love the composer’s First Violin Concerto then you will find here a very similar exoticism, nocturnal atmosphere, and love of voluptuous textures. The harmonic style is intensely chromatic, but also highly melodic. Like Bartók in his last period, Saygun’s handling of tonality mellowed toward the end of his life, which makes the Cello Concerto more consonant than the Viola Concerto, but both works are absolutely gorgeous and masterpieces of their kind. It’s positively criminal that no one plays these pieces regularly in concert. The performances here are excellent. Tim Hugh is a well-known cellist, and he pours on the tone with all of the rhapsodic abandon that Saygun requires. Mirjam Tschopp also is a superb violist, with a big, beefy tone that never gets swamped by the intricate orchestration. It’s also very rewarding to hear a Turkish orchestra in this music–and to find that it plays beautifully under Howard Griffiths.
Narciso Yepes - The Complete Concerto Recordings (2016) {5CD Set Deutsche Grammophon}

Narciso Yepes - The Complete Concerto Recordings (2016) {5CD Set Deutsche Grammophon}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.19 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 706 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 143 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Deutsche Grammophon | 0289 479 5467 5
Classical / Concerto / Guitar

There is only one word that can describe Narciso Yepes' technique: extraordinary. He was one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the 20th century and his DG albums are regarded as reference recordings. This 5 CD Original Jackets collection brings together all of his concerto recordings for the Yellow Label, recorded between 1969 and 1979. The repertoire ranges from Vivaldi’s Lute Concertos adapted for guitar, to works written for Yepes and other leading guitarists of the 20th century.
Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano (1997)

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonaten für Viola und Klavier (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1630, 457 068-2 | Time: 00:44:04

These two sonatas, originally written for clarinet, marked the end of an intense period of depression for Brahms, during which his creative energies had all but faded. Kim Kashkashian, whose command of the viola unearths an even deeper realm of possibility in this already engaging diptych, faithfully captures the somber circumstances of its creation. In doing so, she shows that the viola is no less an instrument of breath, drawing from deep within her lungs the sheer vocal power required to carry across such arresting music.

Vivaldi - Concerti per viola d'amore (Fabio Biondi) (2007)  Music

Posted by Ebisu at June 23, 2014
Vivaldi - Concerti per viola d'amore (Fabio Biondi) (2007)

Vivaldi - Concerti per viola d'amore (Fabio Biondi) (2007)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 499 MB
Label: Virgin | Catalog N.: 0946 3 95146 2 5 | TT: 77:13

The revival of the viola d'amore as an instrument distinct and separate from the viola is a well-established phenomenon, advanced by composers and performers alike at least since the 1920s. That doesn't mean, however, that there are a great many players of the viola d'amore around, nor are there nearly as many viola d'amores in existence to play, at least in a quantity relative to the number of violas that are out there. It is certainly an odd duck instrument; it has six or seven strings and a rank of sympathetic strings that vibrate along with the player, it puts out rich harmonics and has a mellow, somewhat nasal sound. Although it has earned a considerable number of nods from twentieth-century composers, its historical repertory is relatively small; Attilio Ariosti remains the all-time champion among Baroque composers for the viola d'amore, having written 21 sonatas for the instrument. Next in line is Antonio Vivaldi, with eight concertos and four arias with viola d'amore used in a concertante format. This Virgin Classics disc, Vivaldi: Concerto per Viola D'amore contains all of these concerti, of which the last is a double concerto for viola d'amore and lute, and these are performed by the group that probably constituted the state of the art in Vivaldi interpretation in 2007, Fabio Biondi's Europa Galante.
Antonio Vivaldi - Concert For The Prince Of Poland (1998, reissue 2002)

Antonio Vivaldi - Concert for the Prince of Poland
Academy of Ancient Music - Andrew Manze
EAC+LOG+CUE | WV: 300 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi # HMX 2907230 | Country/Year: Europe 2002, 1998
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

…No doubt the Prince of Poland himself would have been thrilled to hear a concert in his honour performed as finely as it is here by Andrew Manze and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Giya Kancheli & Sofia Gubaidulina - Styx & Viola Concerto (repost)

Giya Kancheli & Sofia Gubaidulina - Styx & Viola Concerto (repost)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers | 278 Mb
Label: Naxos - Date: 2002

This pair of single-movement viola concertos written for Yuri Bashmet justify his renown. In both, he is able to draw an impressive variety of expressions from his instrument with seeming ease. On the other hand, it's obvious there was a lot of thought and care put into his interpretations. The concertos need thoughtful interpretations by the soloist and the conductor, not because the pieces are necessarily complex in rhythm or harmony, but they are complex in tone and color………
Patsy Morita @ AllMusic.com
J.S. Bach – Sonatas for Viola and Piano BWV 1027-1029/Chorale preludes [2011] (PS3 SACD rip)

J.S. Bach – Sonatas for Viola and Piano BWV 1027-1029/Chorale preludes [2011] (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO Image = 2.86 GB | Stereo FLAC = 875 MB | MCH FLAC = 2.42 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 15 MB | 5% Recovery
Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog Number: MDG 903 1660-6 | DST 1bit-2822,4kHz 2.0, 5.1

Though the cello and especially the violin were the beneficiaries of numerous solo works by the pen of J.S. Bach, the instrument we know today simply as the viola (but in Bach’s time would have been the viola da braccio) was not fortunate enough to receive original, solo compositions. Instead, violists were bestowed with the lead role in the great Sixth Brandenburg Concerto. This MDG album headlines the Bach sonatas for viola and piano, this is a bit misleading.