|Various Artists / Walton, Hindemith, Partos, Colgrass, Serly / Emanuel Vardi (Viola)|
|Album:||Walton, Hindemith, Partos, Colgrass, Serly / Emanuel Vardi (Viola)||Collection:||Classical|
|Add Date:||2011-11-27||Pull Date:||2012-01-29||Charts:||Classical/Experimental|
|Week Ending:||29 Jan||8 Jan|
|1.||Jan 25, 2012:||Everyday Commotion |
|2.||Jan 03, 2012:||et. al. |
Colgrass: Variations for Four Drums and Viola
[Coll]: Walton, Hindemith, Partos, Colgrass, Serly / Emanual Vardi (viola)|
Label: Cembal d’amour
EMANUEL VARDI, IN MEMORIAM (1915-2011) / MUSIC BY PARTOS, HINDEMITH, COLGRASS, SERLY, WALTON
Label: Cembal d’amour 2011
Emanuel Vardi (1915-2011), one of the greatest violists and an excellent violinist was called “Master of His Instrument” by the N Y Times. He was a member of numerous chamber ensembles and string quartets, and a conductor and a composer of movie scores. He was the only violist, besides Wm. Primrose, to give a solo recital in Carnegie Hall. Odeon Partos (1907-1977) was a Hungarian-Israeli violist and composer, important founder of Israeli musical institutions. Paul Hindemith’s Trauermusik, for viola and orchestra, was written on Jan. 21, 1936 in honor of King George V, who had died the previous night. Its 4 short mvmts mourn and honor. Michael Colgrass began as a jazz percussionist and won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Tibor Serly (1901-1978) was a pupil of Zoltán Kodály, and arranged music of Béla Bartók to make it more accessible. He orchestrated the Broadway hit, Man of La Mancha. William Walton’s Viola Concerto (1929) is considered one of the most difficult in the literature, but is modally melodic and beautifully orchestrated.
(10:48) Partos: Yizkor. Pathos. (Viola and orchestra).
(8:05) Hindemith: Trauermusik. Mournful and elegiac. (Viola and orchestra).
(1:55) Colgrass: Variations for Four Drums and Viola. Introduction
(3:16) Ibid, Adagio. Contemplative.
(1:21) Ibid. Allegro. Spirited dialogue between viola and drums.
(4:07) Ibid. Lyrical. Walking drum melody, plaintive viola.
(3:08) Ibid. Andante agitato. Ominious. Evil lurks.
(1:14) Ibid. Scherzo. Scurrying, furtive, frenetic.
(3:16) Ibid. Finale. Behold, the pagan king has arrived and holds court.
(4:38) Serly: Concerto for Violin, Wind Orchestra w/ Percussion, Improvisamente. Builds to a lovely wind melody, then a semi-Spanish dance.
(9:45) Ibid. Dance Concertino, Allegro leggiere. Playful, winsome.
(8:03) Walton. Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Andante comodo. Lyrical first theme suggesting major and minor harmonies; searching, restless second theme.
(4:19) Ibid. Vivo, con molto preciso. Modal “American in Paris.” Fast rhythmic figures, sudden offbeat accents.
(11:04) Ibid. Allegro moderato. Triplet, bird-flight 1st theme; then gliding, plaintive theme; romance in an ocean-side cliffhouse; finally a fugue, all 3 themes.