The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression vol.2 (24/96 FLAC)
The Voice of the Viola in Times of Oppression vol.2 (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir, Marcel Worms
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Zefir
Size: 1.24 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for Viola and Piano
01. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: I. Adagio – Allegro
02. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: II. Menuetto
03. Viola Sonata in C Minor, MWV Q 14: III. Andante con variazioni

Hans Gal: Sonata op 101 for viola and piano
04. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: I. Adagio
05. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: II. Quasi menuetto. Tranquillo
06. Viola Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: III. Allegro risoluto e vivace

Dimitri Shostakovich: Impromptu for viola and piano
07. Impromptu, Op. 33 [sic]

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Viola and Piano
08. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: I. Breit, mit Kraft
09. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: II. Sehr lebhaft
10. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: III. Phantasie. Sehr langsam, frei
11. Viola Sonata No. 3 in F Minor: IV. Finale. Leicht bewegt

If a composer wants to express his feelings with maximum intensity and depth, he chooses the viola remarkably often. The loss of a loved one, a repressive political system, persecution and war were more than once the motivation for composing music with the viola as the most important voice On this CD, compositions for viola and piano in which oppression, both personal and political, has played, directly or indirectly, an unmistakable role.

The Polish- Russian, Jewish composer Mieczysław Weinberg fled for the Nazi invasion.
Dick Kattenburg was picked up in 1944 during a razzia and he died, only 24 years old, in Auschwitz.
Max Vredenburg, being a Jewish artist, fled from the Nazis in 1941 to Indonesia but was there interned in a camp.

Shostakovich’s Sonata for viola and piano was his last composition. Notwithstanding that the pressures of the Soviet regime on the composer did not lead to his banishment or even his liquidation, the last stages of Shostakovich’s life were far from uncomplicated.

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