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Benjamin DaleMUSIC FOR VIOLA

Benjamin Dale
MUSIC FOR VIOLA

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.

CDLX 7204



“Clearly Dale was in love with the viola, and anyone listening to this will be too ...” American Record Guide, September/October 2008

“This is an outstandingly performed and recorded disc of richly rewarding viola scores that deserve to be heard. I enjoyed this recording from start to finish; undoubtedly one of my Records of the Year for 2008.” Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International, May 2008
 
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