Hans GÁL: Music for Viola, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0535
EAN/UPC: 5060113445353
Release Date: 2019-09-01
Composer: Hans Gál
Artists: Hanna Pakkala, Irina Zahharenkova, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Reijo Tunkkari, Sakari Oramo, Takuya Takashima

Hans Gál (1890–1987) wrote extensively for the viola, including several remarkable works dating from the first decade of his new life in Edinburgh, where he took refuge after the Nazis seized power in his native Austria. His poignant Suite Concertante for viola and orchestra – effectively a concerto for the instrument – is joined here by three substantial chamber works, all infused with Gál’s trademark lyricism.

Hanna Pakkala, viola
Reijo Tunkkari, violin (Tracks 5-8, 12-15)
Irina Zahharenkova, piano (Tracks 9–11)
Takuya Takashima, oboe (Tracks 12–15)
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra (Tracks 1–4)
Sakari Oramo, conductor (Tracks 1–4)

1 review for Hans GÁL: Music for Viola, Volume One

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    ’81 minutes of music – four substantial and neatly varied pieces each of around twenty minutes duration constitute this excellent issue. It makes for a good lockdown evening concert – during the interval be sure to raise your glass of whatever to this fine composer whose time has surely arrived. Performances are uniformly expert and often invigorating; Toccata’s documentation and sonics want for nothing.’

    —Richard Hanlon, MusicWeb International

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