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William Primrose: Viola Transcriptions

William Primrose: Viola Transcriptions

Roberto Diaz Viola

CD: 1
Tracks: 17
Length: 1:05:16

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Naxos
Rel. 25 Jul 2006
Recorded 2004

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William Primrose: Viola Transcriptions When not at his day job as president and CEO of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Roberto Diaz is a violist of international reputation. He has an international reputation because, as this recital shows, Diaz is also a violist with impeccable taste and a prodigious technique. In 12 transcriptions by English viola virtuoso William Primrose, Diaz is never less than consummately refined and never less than essentially flawless. His tone is superbly molded, his phrasing is superbly sculpted, and his intonation is right on the sweet spot. In performance after performance on the 2004 recording, Diaz is consistently impressive, from the polished sensuality of the Nocturne from Borodin's Second String Quartet through the incandescent pyrotechnics of the La Campanella from Paganini's Second Violin Concerto to the distilled longing of "None but the lonely heart" by Tchaikovsky. It often happens that a recital of transcriptions can be too much for straight-through listening, but Diaz's not only can this recital stand a straight-through listening, it demands encores of favorite tracks. How about cuing that ethereal performance of the Adagietto from Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 again, Mr. DJ? Recorded in the CBC's Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto, Naxos' sound is warmer than usual with a real sense of air around the instruments.

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1 Nocturne for String Orchestra (arranged by M.Sargent from String Quartet No.2) 6:23
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2 Am Tage aller Seelen (Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen), D.343 (arr. viola and piano) 4:25
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3 1.Marcia: Allegro 2:17
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4 2.Adagio 7:12
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5 3.Minuetto and Trio: Allegretto 3:09
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6 5.Traume: Sag, welch wunderbare Traume 3:44
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7 Huella, canción argentina for piano, Op.49 (arr. viola and piano) 2:34
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8 Ao Pé Da Fogueira 1:35
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9 3.Rondo ('La Campanella') 5:22
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10 1.Aria (Cantilena) 5:22
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11 3.Adagietto (arr. viola and piano) 2:37
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12 1.Tango 3:14
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13 2.Polo 4:19
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14 3.Malagueña 4:32
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15 4.Zapateado 3:49
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16 6.None but the Lonely Heart 2:33
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17 1.Wie Melodien zieht es mir 2:09
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