Hiyoli Togawa & Lilit Grigoryan - Romantic Viola Sonatas (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 321 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 12 | Time: 75:58 min
The viola established itself as a prominent solo voice in the 20th century, but the three works here illustrate the instruments wide spectrum in chamber music of the 19th century. Concluding with a striking series of free variations, Mendelssohns Viola Sonata in C minor is notable for its combination of dignified melancholy, exuberance and lightness of texture, culminating in a striking series of free variations. Prague-born Johann Wenzel Kalliwodas Six Nocturnes, Op. 186 exemplify the beautifully crafted poetry and lyric features for which he was so admired, while Georges Onslows Viola Sonata, arranged from the cello original, is exceptionally elegant and virtuosic.