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CD630, Yizhak Schotten’s Tribute to Lionel Tertis and William Primrose.  UPC 009414763020.   ORDER NOW  

Tertis and Primrose were the most influential violists of the 20th century. Yizhak Schotten, a prot_(c)g_(c) of Primrose and “one of America’s finest viola players”, (STRAD Magazine) performs 20 of their viola transcriptions.

This CD includes Haydn, Allegro from Divertimento in D; Liszt, Liebestraum; C.P.E. Bach, Solfeggietto; J.S. Bach, Komm Süsser Tod; Paganini, Caprices 5 & 13; Faur_(c), Apr_(r)s un r_(c)ve; Rameau, Tambourin; Mendelssohn        nn  mmm, Auf Flugeln des Gesanges and May Breezes; Boccherini, Allegro from Sonata #6; Schubert, Nacht und Träume; Brahms, Minnelied; Benjamin, From San Domingo and Jamaican Rumba; Grieg, Ich Liebe Dich; Kreisler, La Chasse and Praeludium & Allegro; Saint-Saëns, The Swan.    Click here for CD cover photo and details.

CD635:  YIZHAK SCHOTTEN, VIOLA.  Benjamin Britten, Lachrymae, op. 48, for Viola and String Orchestra;  Alan Shulman, Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra;  Franz Schubert, Sonata for Arpeggione;  Marin Marais, Five Old French Dances.  with Katherine Collier, piano;  Edward Parmentier, harpsichord;  Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Richard Rosenberg, conductor.  Schotten: formerly with Boston Symphony & principal with Houston Symphony; presently Prof. at Univ of Michigan.  "extremely expressive musician", Toronto Whig-Standard Magazine   UPC 00941476352-5  ORDER NOW      Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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Marais Five Dances:  Rondeau L’Agreable    La Provencale   La Musette   La Matelotte   Le Basque     Schubert: Mvt 1(Allegro moderato)   Mvt 2(Adagio-Allegretto)     Britten: Lachrymae     Shulman: Theme and Variations

CD636:  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.  Cortese, formerly principal viola w/City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg (Sweden) Symphony; now principal w/Barcelona (Spain) Symphony.    UPC 00941476362-4  ORDER NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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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

CD637: VIOLA 1919: Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Viola & Piano; Rebecca Clarke, Sonata for Viola & Piano; Ernest Bloch, Suite for Viola & Piano.  Three masterworks written in 1919. Yizhak Schotten, viola; Katherine Collier, piano.  "Splendid viola sonatas, excitingly played",  Turok's Choice.  UPC 00941476372-3  ORDER NOW      Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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Clarke Sonata:  Mvt 1(Impetuoso)  Mvt 2(Vivace)  Mvt 3(Adagio)   Bloch Suite:  Mvt 1(Lento)  Mvt 2(Allegro ironico)  Mvt 3(Nocturne)   Mvt 4(Land of the Sun)     Hindemith: Sonata  Mvt 1(Fantasie)   Mvt 2(Theme & Variations)   Mvt 3(Finale)

CD638: Bratsche!  YIZHAK SCHOTTEN, Viola.   J.S. Bach, Concerto in D for Viola, Strings, and Continuo (arr. from BWV 169, 49, 1053 by Yizhak Schotten); Beethoven, Duo for Viola and Cello; Brahms, Sonata in E minor for Viola and Piano (trans. by Lionel Tertis); Frank Bridge, Lament for Two Violas.   with Paul Silverthorne, Viola; Peter Rejto, Cello; and the Ann Arbor Sinfonietta.  UPC 00941476382-2  ORDER NOW      Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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Bach Concerto:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Siciliano)  Mvt 3(Allegro)   Beethoven:  Duo   Brahms Sonata:  Mvt 1(Allegro)   Mvt 2(Allegretto quasi Menuetto)   Mvt 3(Allegro)   Bridge: Lament

CD647: Viola and the Winds. James Dunham, Viola; Westwood Wind Quintet; Jack Sanders, Guitar.  Gustav Holst, Terzetto for Flute, Oboe, & Viola; Jerzy Sapieyevski, Concerto for Viola and Winds; Anthony Plog, Four Miniatures for Viola and Wind Quintet; Karl Kohn, Colla Voce for Viola and Guitar.    UPC 00941476472-0   ORDER NOW    Click Here for CD cover photo and details.

James Dunham was violist with the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet. He presently teaches at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. The Westwood Wind Quintet, founded in 1959, has performed thousands of concerts and has been described as "probably the best group of this kind anywhere."   (New Orleans Courier)

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Sapieyevski: Concerto    Holst Terzetto:  Mvt 1(Allegretto)  Mvt 2(Un poco vivace)    Plog Miniatures:  Mvt 1(Pastoral)  Mvt 2(Toccata)  Mvt 3(Chorale)  Mvt 4(Allegro)    Kohn: Colla Voce

CD832: SCHOTTEN PLAYS BRAHMS. Yizhak Schotten, Viola, with David Hardy, Cello; Katherine Collier, Piano, & the Chester String Quartet.  Brahms, Clarinet Trio, op. 114, & Clarinet Quintet, op. 115, played on Viola (which was Brahms' alternate version).  UPC 00941478322-6  ORDER NOW      Click here for CD cover photo and details.


Yizhak Schotten was formerly violist in the Boston Symphony and principal with the Cincinnati and Houston Symphonies.  He is presently Viola Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Previously he was Viola Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Trio in A Minor:  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 1 (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Andante grazioso)   Mvt 4 (Allegro)    Quintet in B Minor:  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Andantino... Presto non assai, ma con sentimento)   Mvt 4 (Con moto)

CD833: 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 00941478332-5 ORDER NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and details.

Paul Cortese has been principal violist with the City of Birmingham (England), Gothenberg (Sweden), and Barcelona (Spain) Symphony Orchestras, and is an internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician.

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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


CD834: Viola Swirl.  Carol Rodland, Viola.  With Tatevik Mokatsian, Piano.  Kenji Bunch: Suite;  Dan Coleman:  Summer ;  Christopher Theofanidis:  Flow My Tears;  George Gershwin:  Fascinatin’ Rhythm; Summertime; I Got Rhythm;  Cole Porter:  From This Moment On;  Begin the Beguine;  Anything Goes   UPC 00941478432-4   ORDER NOW  

Carol Rodland made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985 and has performed to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe.  She has taught at The Juilliard School and since 2002 has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.
“beautifully recorded and produced CD.” STRAD Magazine.   “Rodland’s tone is larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated.”  Fanfare.

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Bunch: Suite  Rhapsody   Scherzo   Lament   Cadenza   Allegro     Coleman: Summer    Theofanidis: Flow My Tears     Gershwin: Fascinatin' Rhythm   Summertime   I Got Rhythm     Porter: From this moment on    Begin the beguine    Anything Goes


CD837:The Elegant Viola. Yizhak Schotten, Viola.  Ralph Vaughan Williams, Suite for Viola & Orchestra; J.S. Bach, Fantasia; W.F. Bach, Sonata for Viola and Harpsichord; Michael Colgrass, Variations for Four Drums and Viola.  Yizhak Schotten, Viola; Carole Terry, Harpsichord; Frank Epstein, Percussion; Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Conductor  UPC 00941478372-1 ORDER NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and details.

This is Yizhak Schotten's fifth CD on Crystal Records. He has been called "one of America's finest string players" by STRAD Magazine.  Schotten is formerly principal viola of the Houston and Cincinnati Symphonies, and a member of the Boston Symphony. He is one of the most respected violists in the world. He now teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is one of the only available recordings of the beautiful Suite by Vaughan Williams, and is the only recording of the Variations by Michael Colgrass.

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Vaughan Williams: Suite: Prelude
   Carol   Christmas Dance   Ballad   Moto Perpetuo   Musette   Polka Melancolique   Galop   J.S. Bach: Fantasia Cromatica   W.F. Bach: Sonata in C minor: Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3    Colgrass: Variations

CD838: 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 00941478382-0    ORDER NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and details.
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.

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. This is his third CD on Crystal Records. The American Record Guide said his “performances are elegant. The technique of Cortese is superb.”

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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

CD839: American Weavings, Carol Rodland, Viola; Catherine Rodland, Organ. UPC 009414783929.   ORDER NOW  

John Weaver, Concert Piece for Viola and Organ; Christopher Gable, Teshuvah for Viola and Organ; Augusta Read Thomas, Incantation and Pulsar for Solo Viola; Daniel Pinkham, A Proclamation for Organ and Sonata da Chiesa for Viola and Organ; Craig Phillips, Toccata on ‘Hyfrydol’ for Organ Solo; John Weaver, Three Chorale Preludes for Viola and Organ.

Carol Rodland is Viola Professor at the Eastman School of Music and is an international soloist.  Catherine Rodland is artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College and also concertizes throughout the U.S. and Canada. The unusual combination of viola and organ is shown to great advantage in these premiere recordings. “an awesome combination, when the instruments [are viola and organ] and the music, as it is in each piece on this recital, is noble in intent. The Rodland sisters play with charisma and style.” Gramophone.

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Weaver   Concert Piece for Viola and Organ    Gable   Teshuvah    Thomas   Incantation   Pulsar    Pinkham   A Proclamation for Organ    Pinkham   Sonata da Chiesa   Adagio; Allegro   Andantino   Presto; Adagietto   Giocoso    Phillips   Toccata on ‘Hyfrydol’    Weaver   Three Chorale Preludes   Wondrous Love   Land of Rest   Foundation   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)


C635:  YIZHAK SCHOTTEN, VIOLA.  Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae;  Alan Shulman: Theme & Variations;  Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata;  Marais: Five French Dances.  Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Rosenberg, cond.   009414763549 Cassette SOLD OUT (see CD635)

C647:  JAMES DUNHAM,  VIOLA,  &  Westwood Wind Quintet.  Gustav Holst:  Terzetto for Flute, Oboe, & Viola;   Jerzy Sapieyevski:  Concerto for Viola & Winds;   Anthony Plog:  Four Miniatures for Viola & Wind Quintet. 009414764744 Cassette SOLD OUT (see CD647) 

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