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CD630: YIZHAK SCHOTTEN’S TRIBUTE TO TERTIS AND PRIMROSE Tertis and Primrose were the most influential violists of the 20th century. Yizhak Schotten, a protégé 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; Fauré, Après un Rêve; Rameau: Tambourin; Mendelssohn: 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.
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Haydn:  Allegro di Molto from Divertimento in D    Liszt:  Liebestraum No. 3     CPE Bach:  Solfeggietto     JS Bach:  Komm Süsser Tod    Paganini:  Caprice No. 13     Fauré:  Après un Rêve     Kreisler:  Tambourin en Rondeau     Mendelssohn:  Auf Flügeln des Gesanges     Boccherini:  Allegro from Sonata No. 6 in A     Schubert:  Nacht und Träume     Benjamin:  From San Domingo     Fauré:  Élégie     Paganini:  Caprice No. 5     Brahms:  Minnelied     Benjamin:  Jamaican Rumba     Grieg:  Jeg Elsker Dig (Ich Liebe Dich)     Mendelssohn/Kreisler:  May Breezes (Song Without Words)     Kreisler:  Le Chasse     Saint-Saëns:  Le Cygne (The Swan)     Kreisler:  Praeludium and Allegro

50th Anniversary half price special (this CD just $8.47) 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 and principal with Houston Symphony, is presently Professor at University of Michigan. "...extremely expressive musician." Toronto Whig-Standard Magazine UPC 009414763525  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 with City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra, and the Gothenburg (Sweden) Symphony, is now principal viola with Barcelona (Spain) Symphony.
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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, Yizhak Schotten, Viola. Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Viola & Piano; Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola & Piano; Ernest Bloch: Suite for Viola & Piano. Three masterworks written in 1919 featuring Yizhak Schotten on viola and Katherine Collier on piano. "Splendid viola sonatas, excitingly played" Turok's Choice. UPC 009414763723  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: BRATSHE! 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.
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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.
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 UPC 009414764720   ORDER NOW    Click Here for CD cover photo and details.

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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


CD825 – SILVER and GOLD, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe; Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin; Meng Wang, Viola; William Caballero, Horn; David Premo, Cello; Marina Schmidt Lupinacci, Piano; Rodrigo Ojeda, Piano.
            Alexander Wunderer,
Sonata in B minor for Oboe and Piano, op. 3; Carl Reinecke, Trio in A minor for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, op. 188; Malcolm Arnold, Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, op. 61; Michael Moricz, Three Consequences for Four Players (Oboe, Horn, Cello, Piano).   ORDER NOW     

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991. All the players on this CD are or were principals in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Noah Bendix-Balgley was recently appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. DeAlmeida was called “hands down one of the best players in the world” in a review in the American Record Guide of her first Crystal solo CD.

CD832: SCHOTTEN PLAYS BRAHMS. Yizhak Schotten, Viola, with David Hardy, Cello; Katherine Collier, Piano, and the Chester String Quartet. Brahms: Clarinet Trio, op. 114, & Clarinet Quintet, op. 115, played on Viola (which was Brahms' alternate version). 

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


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. 

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.
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 with Neeme Jarvi conducting. 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. 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.”
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Sound samples (mp3 files)  Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. 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)

CD880 – Dialogue: Carol Rodland, Viola; Scott Kluksdahl, Cello. Béla Bartók, 23 Duos for Viola and Cello (transcribed for Viola and Cello by Peter Bartók –son of Béla – from Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos for Violin); Augusta Read Thomas, Dream Catcher for Solo Viola; David Del Tredici, Cello Acrostic for Solo Cello; Walter Piston, Duo for Viola and Cello. UPC 009414788023      ORDER NOW     

Carol Rodland, one of the world’s finest violists,teaches at Eastman School of Music, and previously at the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. She has three CDs on Crystal.  Fanfare Magazine has written “Rodland’s tone is larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated.” Scott Kluksdahl teaches at the University of South Florida. He has performed and recorded with the Lions Gate Trio for 20 years and is currently a member of the Veronika String Quartet. Strings Magazine has called him “a simply superb cellist, playing with consummate technical ease, a beautiful sound, total conviction, authority and dedication to the music.

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ók: 23 Duos for Viola and Cello   1. Maypole Dance   2. Menuetto   3. Slovakian Song   4. Play Song   5. Ruthenian Song   6. Wedding Song   7. Pillow Dance   8. Soldiers’ Song   9. Hungarian March   10. Burlesque   11. A Fairy Tale   12. Dialogue   13. New Year’s Song   14. Farewell to the Bride   15. Jeering Song   16. Hungarian Song   17. Grief   18. Dance from Maramaros   19. Ruthenian Kolomeika   20. Walachian Dance   21. Arabian Song   22. Pizzicato   23. Transylvanian Dance    Thomas:  Dream Catcher    Del Tredici:   Cello Acrostic    Piston: Duo for Viola and Cello   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III

 

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