CRYSTAL RECORDS  Paul Cortese, Viola Recordings

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Paul Cortese has been principal viola with the Gothenburg Symphony, Neeme Jarvi, conductor.  He has been guest principal in over a dozen European orchestras and is featured chamber player in numerous worldwide festivals. He has three CDs on Crystal Records.


CD636-scan-for-iTunesCD636: PAUL CORTESE, VIOLA.  Elliott Carter: Elegy for Viola and Piano; William Bergsma: Fantastic Variations on a Theme from Tristan and Isolde; Alan Hovhaness: Chahagir for Solo Viola; George Rochberg: Sonata for Viola and Piano; Vincent Persichetti: Parable for Solo Viola  & Infanta Marina. With Jon Klibonoff, piano. UPC 009414763624  BUY NOW

Cortese, formerly principal viola with City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg (Sweden) Symphony; now principal with Barcelona (Spain) Symphony. The American Record Guide said “his performances are elegant. The technique of Cortese is superb. 

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Carter: Elegy    Bergsma: Variations   Hovhaness: Chahagir    Rochberg Sonata:  Mvt 1(Allegro moderato)  Mvt 2(Adagio lamentoso)   Mvt 3     Persichetti: Parable XVI     Persichetti: Infanta Marina


CD833 coverCD833: VIOLA VIEW. Paul Cortese, Viola. With Herwig Coryn, Cello; Artanios Roc, Piano.  Otto Luening: Suite for Viola and Piano; Witold Lutoslawski: Bucolics; Rebecca Clarke: Lullaby and Grotesque; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Romance for Viola and Piano; Walter Piston: Duo for Viola and Violoncello; Roy Harris: Soliloquy and Dance. UPC 009414783325  BUY NOW


“superbly played first recordings of some gorgeous music”   Gramophone

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Luenning: Suite:  Recitative   Scherzo Elegy   Dance    Lutoslawski: Bucolics: Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   Mvmt 5    Clarke: Lullaby and Grotesque    Vaughan Williams: Romance    Piston: Duo:  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3    Harris: Soliloquy and Dance


CD838 coverCD838: Finale: Sonatas for Viola.  Paul Cortese, Viola.  With Juan Carlos Garvayo, Piano. Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 147; Grazyna Bacewicz: Sonata for Viola Solo; Aram Khachaturian: Sonata for Viola Solo; Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata for Viola and Piano. UPC 009414783820           BUY NOW

“Cortese has done us all a favor with the release of this sterling viola album.” Fanfare

Shostakovitch’s Viola Sonata was written just before his death, inspiring Khachaturian to write his Solo Sonata just months later. Bacewicz’ last published work was a viola concerto, and Martinu returned to the viola near the end of his life. The music on this CD are profound works, possibly among the most moving pieces ever written by these composers. 

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Shostakovich Sonata:  Moderato   Allegretto   Adagio    Bacewicz Sonata:  Adagio, Allegro, Adagio   Presto    Khachaturian Sonata    Martinu Sonata:  Poco andante, Moderato   Allegro non troppo


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