A Century of American Viola Sonatas

Catalogue No: TOCN0026
EAN/UPC: 5060640070264
Release Date: 2024-01-19
Composer: David Tcimpidis, Eric Ewazen, Libby Larsen, Ulysses Kay
Artists: Basil Vendryes, William David

These five works – four sonatas and a sonatina – chronicle a century of American writing for the viola and are linked by a concern for directness of musical language. But they also reflect diversity in their origins and inspirations, the Ulysses Kay pieces being written by a pioneering African American, Libby Larsen’s by a successful female freelance composer, Eric Ewazen’s animated by a particularly American lyricism and energy, and the sonata by David Tcimpidis commemorating the ‘9/11’ terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, which Tcimpidis heard unfolding.

Basil Vendryes, viola
William David, piano

1 review for A Century of American Viola Sonatas

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    ‘The works are all first-rate compositions. Kay’s two works and Tcimpidi’s sonata receive world recording premieres. All three are strong additions to the viola’s repertoire.

    Both Larsen and Ewazen have solid reputations for music that connects with audiences. Their viola sonatas are no exception. Both have an immediate appeal that draws the listener in.

    The performances are also solid. Basil Vendryes plays with assurance and authority. Pianist William David makes every work seem like a collaboration. This raises the overall performance to a new level.

    This release isn’t a survey. But it is a collection of American viola sonatas. And ones that are well-constructed and pleasingly performed.’

    —Ralph Graves, Charlottesville Classical

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