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Tertis Viola Ensemble Concerto - Fantasy - Blues OC 788 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberOC 788
Release date23/03/2011
Players/ContributorsMusicians Composer
  • Bartók, Béla
  • Bowen, York
  • Norton, Christopher
  • Piazzolla, Astor
  • Telemann, Georg Philipp
  • Weinzierl, Max von

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      Concerto - Fantasy - Blues
      Works for a viola quartet by Bartók, Bowen, Norton, Piazzolla, Telemann, Weinzierl
      Tertis Viola Ensemble

      Four strings making up a quartet - there’s nothing unusual in that. But the ensemble takes on a very unusual hue when the four instruments concerned have identical pitch, four violas in this case.
      Armed with the idea for this unusual combination, four members of the Munich Philharmonic set out on the “viola quartet” adventure. Of course, the original repertoire for this instrumentation is limited. The only two original works on the debut CD of the group are the “Nachtstücke” (“Night Pieces”) by Max von Weinzierl and the “Fantasie Quartet” by York Bowen. By contrast, the original string quartet version of Astor Piazzolla’s famous “Four for Tango” has been rearranged for four violas.
      The remaining compositions on this CD might not strictly be regarded as “adaptations”: the concertos by Georg Friedrich Telemann, written originally for four violins, are played a fifth lower here. A selection of duos from the “44 Duos for Two Violins” follows the arrangement for two violas by Béla Bartók’s son Peter.

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      CD 1
      • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
        Concerto for 4 Violas in C major
        • 1.Largo02:02
        • 2.Allegro01:30
        • 3.Grave00:44
        • 4.Vivace01:34
      • Max von Weinzierl (1841–1898)
        • 5.Nachtstück für 4 Violen08:51
      • York Bowen (1884–1961)
        • 6.Fantasie Quartet for 4 Violas op 4110:26
      • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
        Concerto for 4 Violas in G major
        • 7.Adagio
        • 8.Allegro01:58
        • 9.Grave02:07
        • 10.Allegro01:15
      • Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
        9 Duos from “44 Duos for two Violins”
        • 11.Nr 10 Ruthenisches Lied (Andante)01:10
        • 12.Nr 14 Polstertanz (Allegretto)00:36
        • 13.Nr 16 Burleske (Allegretto)01:07
        • 14.Nr 26 Spottlied (Scherzando)00:22
        • 15.Nr 22 Mückentanz (Allegro molto)00:33
        • 16.Nr 28 Gram (Lento, poco rubato)02:34
        • 17.Nr 35 Ruthenische Kolomejka (Allegro)01:03
        • 18.Nr 42 Arabischer Gesang (Allegro)01:09
        • 19.Nr 44 Siebenbürgisch – Ardeleana (Allegro moderato)01:55
      • Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
        • 20.Four for Tango06:30
      • Christopher Norton (*1953)
        • 21.Steering Wheel Blues01:37
      • Total:49:03