American Music for Viola
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The viola heard in a new light.

Considered a magnificent instrument for chamber music since the 18th century, the viola nevertheless had difficulty establishing itself as a solo instrument. Its rich, sandy tone and middle range, indeed the very qualities that make it an ideal chamber music partner, historically deterred composers from placing the viola in the spotlight. It has only been in the 20th century that the viola has come into its own as a solo instrument. This change has been wrought by contemporary composers searching for new timbres to explore, as well as by exceptional performs whose commissions and performances inspired dozens of composers to view the viola as a viable solo instrument. This trend has been especially well-developed in the United States and the four works for viola and piano on this disc exemplify the expressive range of which the viola is capable. Lawrence Wheeler is a professor at the University of Houston School of Music. Principal Violist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, he is former Principal Violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony and has been Co-Principal of the Minnesota Orchestra and guest Principal with the Dallas and Houston Symphonies. A graduate of Juilliard, his teachers have included Walter Trampler and Leonard Mogill.
Contents:
Elliott Carter, composer
Elegy for Viola and Piano
Lawrence Wheeler, viola, Ruth Tomfohrde, piano


Paul Creston, composer
Suite for Viola and Piano
Lawrence Wheeler, viola, Ruth Tomfohrde, piano


Bernard Heiden, composer
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Lawrence Wheeler, viola, Ruth Tomfohrde, piano


George Rochberg, composer
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Lawrence Wheeler, viola, Ruth Tomfohrde, piano

Review:
"This disc includes music by some of the most respected composers in 20th Century American music. Their works for viola are not too well known, but each makes a characteristic impression...Wheeler is a gutsy violist whose musicality is not in question...." (American Record Guide)
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