Mendelsohn, Gal, Hindemith, Shostakovich - The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression, Vol. 2 - Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Marcel Worms - 2019 (FLAC, 24BIT – 96KHZ)

Mendelsohn, Gal, Hindemith, Shostakovich – The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression, Vol. 2 – Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Marcel Worms – 2019 (FLAC, 24BIT – 96KHZ)

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Hans Gal, Dimitri Shostakovich, Paul Hindemith
Performer: Marcel Worms – piano, Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir – viola
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The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression, Vol. 2

Mendelssohn: Sonata for viola and piano 26:05

01. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: I. Adagio – Allegro
02. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: II. Menuetto
03. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: III. Andante con variazioni

Gál, H: Sonata op 101 for viola and piano 18:43

04. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: I. Adagio
05. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: II. Quasi menuetto. Tranquillo
06. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: III. Allegro risoluto e vivace

Shostakovich: Impromptu for viola and piano 1:39

07. Impromptu, Op. 33 [sic]

Hindemith: Sonata for viola and piano 23:58

08. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: I. Breit, mit Kraft
09. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: II. Sehr lebhaft
10. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: III. Phantasie. Sehr langsam, frei
11. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: IV. Finale. Leicht bewegt

The Viola is surely not the most assertive instrument among the string family. It reaches neither the extreme height of the violin nor the rumbling depth and the strength of the cello and contrabass. Its role is more integrating than leading or polarizing; and in brilliance, maneuverability and sound projection the violin wins hands down. But if a composer wants to express his or her feelings with maximum intensity and depth, he chooses the viola remarkably often. The loss of a loved one, a repressive political system, persecution and war were more than once the motivation for the composing of music with the viola as the most important voice for expressing the underlying emotions. The dark, somewhat veiled sound of the instrument makes it particularly suited to such a role. On this album, the second of two, we have recorded Mendelssohn, Gal, Shostakovich and Hindemith. Compositions for viola and piano in which oppression, both personal and political, has played, directly or indirectly, an unmistakable role.

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