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Viola Fantasia

Works for Viola and Piano
Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Piano

The Viola is associated with Vaughan Williams’s most romantic and impassioned music. His contemporary, the great viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis, was the inspiration for two of the works presented here. The Cello and Piano arrangement of the Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) learned the piano and violin from an early age, but took to the viola while still at school and continued to play it all his life; this instrument is associated with his most romantic and impassioned music. His contemporary, the great viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis, was the inspiration for two of the works presented here. The Cello and Piano arrangement of the Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes has been transcribed for Viola and Piano by Martin Outram, and this is its première recording.

Martin Outram plays the viola with the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet. He has recorded over 50 discs and has received a Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, a Cannes Classical Award, three Grammy nominations and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music. Julian Rolton has worked as a pianist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada, performed concertos by Britten, Shostakovich and Strauss in the South Bank Centre, London and Kagel’s Phantasiestϋcke with Martyn Brabbins and Sinfonia 21 at the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels. He was a member of the Chagall Trio which released an acclaimed première recording of works by Ethel Smyth on Meridian. Martin and Julian together have made recordings of works by Rawsthorne, Bliss and Arnold Bax, and a disc titled The English Viola.

Mark Padmore has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St. Matthew and St. John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars. Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.

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CRITICAL REVIEWS

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

VIOLA FANTASIA

Martin Outram, Julian Rolton, Mark Padmore
Albion ALBCD036
The Maggini Quartet’s viola player, Martin Outram, has put together a rare and beautiful programme of less familiar Vaughan Williams. The Suite for Viola and Pianoforte, written for Lionel Tertis, is unjustly neglected, but works well in this piano reduction, and it is complemented by the Romance. The neglected Four Hymns are given vivid, trenchantly enunciated performances by the tenor Padmore.
Hugh Canning

Staggering virtuosity… brilliance and verve, but with it tenderness, and phrasing of the highest order: supreme musicianship.

Martin Bird
Elgar Society Journal

Outram’s viola aching and bleak, Julian Rolton’s piano limpid and wholly sympathetic.’
Michael Quinn
Classical Ear

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TRACK LISTING AND ARTISTS

Suite for viola and piano
Romance for viola and piano
Six Studies in English Folk Song
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes
Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Piano

ARTISTS

Martin Outram ~ viola
Julian Rolton ~ piano
Mark Padmore ~ tenor

ALBCD036
Release Date: May 17, 2019

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