Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Suite for Viola & Piano op.2 (1906-07)
Introduction & Andante for Six Violas, op.5 (1911)*
English Dance (1916) (arranged for viola and piano by York Bowen)
Phantasy for Viola & Piano op.4 (1910)
Roger Chase (viola)
Michiko Otaki (piano)
*with Hannah Shaw, Fiona Opie, Thomas Beer, Rumen Cvetkov, Karel Coninx (violas)
Recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk, 3-4 January 2007 &
Saint Silas Church, Chalk Farm, London, 28 May 2007
Benjamin Dale's Viola Music is a remarkable body of work, largely written just before the First World War, and the music's romantic grandeur is beautifully caught by Roger Chase's honey-toned viola. For total authenticity in music written for the great viola player Lionel Tertis, Chase plays on Tertis's beloved Montagnana viola, a large instrument with a gorgeous tone. A wonderfully rewarding programme is crowned by the world premiere recording of Dale's Introduction & Andante for Six Violas, whose dry title belies a sumptuously romantic outpouring, six violas creating the textures of a string orchestra. A hauntingly enjoyable discovery; and remember, you heard it first on Dutton Epoch.
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