Music For Viola Piano (Anthony Hewitt/ Sarah-Jane Bradley) (Naxos: 8.572533)
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The viola works on this recording fuse lyricism with virtuosity, and sometimes invoke folkloric moments as well as more rhapsodic flights. Martinu's 1955 Sonata plays on elements of folk music and rhapsody, as well as a toccata-like intensity and a pervasive feeling of nostalgia. Kodaly's Adagio is an early work, highly expressive and richly romantic, whilst his compatriot Dohnanyi wrote a Sonata of mature distinction, employing variations and transformed themes to magical effect. Joachim, upholder of the German violin school, also composed, and in his Hebrew Melodies crafts great pathos, whilst Enescu's Concertstuck fuses the lyrical with the dashing, as befi ts a competition test piece.
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