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Friday, January 09, 2009

DCD 060 - Music for Viola

In episode #60 of the "DCD Classical 'Cast" we showcase a new release from Laurel Records. Laurel's been building an impressive catalog of compositions by Ernest Bloch, and this CD adds substantially to that. "Bloch - Music for Viola" brings together his music for solo viola in a variety of settings.

Included is the Suite Hebraique for Solo Viola and Orchestra; "Nigan" for Solo Viola and String Quartet; the Suite for Solo Viola and Piano; and the Suite for Solo Viola. All of these works are ably performed by virtuoso violist Karen Elaine. The Los Angeles Times once described her as "...the soloist to bring the viola out of obscurity." With this recording, she demonstrates how true that assessment was.

- Ralph

This program we play:

Ernest Bloch: "Nigan" for Solo Viola and String Quartet
Karen Elaine, viola
Laurel Records

Ernest Bloch: Suite for Solo Viola and Piano, Mvt. 1 - Lento
Karen Elaine, viola; Delores Stevens, piano
Laurel Records

Ernest Bloch: Suite Hebraique for Viola and Orchestra, Mvts. 2 & 3
Karen Elain, viola; London Symphony Orchestra; David Amos, conductor
Laurel Records

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