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.
Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony Orchestra & Janos Kovacs - English Works for Viola & Orchestra (2017)

Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony Orchestra & Janos Kovacs - English Works for Viola & Orchestra
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 72:41 min | 314 MB
Label: Delos | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2017

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 rolesin both the chamber and (especially) concerto genres. But owing largely to the influence of 20th-century English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis, a number of prominent English composers have been inspired to write new music for this overlooked instrument.
Yuri Bashmet, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev - Kancheli: Styx, Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto (2002) (Repost)

Yuri Bashmet, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev - Kancheli: Styx, Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto (2002)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:50 | 234 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 471494

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.
Robert Smith - Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da Gamba (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Robert Smith - Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da Gamba (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:54 minutes | 1.32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Lost to the world for centuries, the recent rediscovery in 2015 of Georg Philipp Telemann’s twelve Fantasias for viola da gamba represents a major addition to the solo repertoire of the instrument.
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 537 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2 | Time: 02:07:46

The viola was Hindemith's instrument (though he could play almost any), and he wrote some of his most expressive chamber music for it. This two-disc set includes all four of Hindemith's sonatas for solo violin and the three for viola and piano. I prefer the wildness of Hindemith's earlier music to the sometimes arid calm of his later music, so listeners like myself who like Hindemith can have a feast here as most of these are early works. They are played with energy and passion by an outstanding violist and a fine pianist.
Edward Gardner - Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Dance Suite; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Edward Gardner - Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Dance Suite; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 80:18 minutes | 1.28 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Acclaimed Canadian violinist James Ehnes collaborates with conductor Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on this all-Bartók release. Featuring two versions of the vibrant and gutsy Violin Rhapsody No. 1, the majority of the album is dedicated to orchestral works, namely the Dance Suite and the famous Concerto for Orchestra, making for a lively and engaging release performed by world-class musicians.
Anders Paulsson - Aho: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Chamber Orchestra and Quintet for Winds & Piano (2017)

Anders Paulsson, Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Aho: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Chamber Orchestra and Quintet for Winds & Piano (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 00:58:39 | 140 MB
Label: BIS

To date, Kalevi Aho has composed sixteen symphonies and twenty-eight concertos, several operas and a large number of chamber works – a rate of production which is all the more impressive considering the complexity and originality displayed by each new work. On this latest in a long series of BIS releases with Aho’s music, two of his most recent works are performed by the musicians of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra and its artistic director John Storgårds have collaborated with the composer on several projects, and the Concerto for Soprano Saxophone is a commission from the orchestra, at the suggestion of the Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson. A specialist on the soprano saxophone, Paulsson also demonstrated the instrument’s capabilities to Aho as part of his preparations.
Glenn Gould, Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3, Sibelius: Simphony No. 5 (2008)

Glenn Gould, Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3, Sibelius: Simphony No. 5 (2008)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:26 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88697287822

The mutual admiration society that was Glenn Gould and Herbert von Karajan gave six concerts between May 1957 and September 1959 featuring Beethoven’s C minor Concerto (Berlin 1957) and Bach’s D minor (Berlin 1958, Lucerne 1959). Though neither of the Bach performances has appeared on disc, the Beethoven has had several CD outings. This handsomely packaged “official” transfer by Sony is the best we have had technically.