BBC Symphony Orchestra & Maxim Rysanov – Maxim Rysanov Plays Martinu (2015)

Artist: BBC Symphony Orchestra & Maxim Rysanov
Title Of Album: Maxim Rysanov Plays Martinu
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: BIS Records / BIS-2030
Genre: Classical
Quality: MP3 320 KBPS
Total Time: 67:55 min
Total Size: 155 MB


1-2) Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

3-5) Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (Duo No. 1), H. 313
Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)

6-8) Duo for Violin and Viola No. 2, H. 331
Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin

9-10) Sonata for Viola & Piano, H. 355
Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Maxim Rysanov, one of today’s leading viola players, explores Martin’s clear fascination with the viola on this disc, opening with the Rhapsody-Concerto from 1952. In this lyrical two-movement work, Rysanov is supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the eminent Martin expert Jií Blohlávek. The two Duos for violin and viola which follow are slightly earlier (from 1947 and 1950, respectively). Here the young Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky joins Rysanov, in two scores where exacting technical demands bring the reward of an astonishing richness in sounds and variety from such a sparse instrumentation. Maxim Rysanov closes the disc in the company of the pianist Katya Apekisheva, performing the Viola Sonata of 1955 like the Rhapsody-Concerto in two movements, with a tough, passionate mood that often recalls the composer’s better-known cello sonatas.

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