ÖDÖN PÁRTOS (1907-1977): In Memoriam, EFREM ZIMBALIST (1889-1985): Sarasateana, YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Phantasy, Op. 54, GEORGE ENESCU (1881-1955): Concert Piece, HENRI VIEUXTEMPS (1820-1881): Sonata in B Flat, Op. 36, ANTON RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894): Sonata in F Minor, Op. 49, FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847): Sonata in C Minor.

Catalogue Number: 08Q056

Label: Hungaroton

Reference: HCD 32721-22

Format: CD

Price: $34.98

Description: The title may be the nondescript "Viola Masterpieces" but this is an inventory of unusual and rarely recorded repertoire. The Mendelssohn is a youthful work of 1824 and only published in 1966 in East Germany; only one other recording not in a huge box-set is available. The Rubinstein first appeared on CD 20 years ago on Russian Disc and that was an older analogue recording; dating from 1856, it's positively stuffed with memorable melodies. Bowen and Enescu have received attention lately from record companies and Pártos' moving ten-minute elegy for victims of the Holocaust (1949) has three other recordings (but have you heard it?). Only one other recording of Zimbalist's tribute to Sarasate leaves the Vieuxtemps as the most-recorded item here. Who'd have thought that likely even ten years ago? 2 CDs. Rivka Golani (viola), Michael Hampton (piano).

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