Monday, 5 May 2008

Benjamin Dale:Music for Viola

Suite for Viola and Piano, Op.2 (1906-07) Introduction and Andante for Six Violas (Viola Sextet), Op.5 (1911) English Dance (1916) Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op.4 (1910)

Michael Cookson has written a great review of this CD over at MusicWeb International.
He opens with a quote from Edwin Evans writing in the Musical Times from 1919:- “Dale (1885-1943) has few works to his credit, but practically all of them have a real permanent value, and, in the path of his choice, he has certainly achieved remarkable eminence.”
He continues with a thumbnail sketch of the composer’s life and works and gives a detailed discussion of all the pieces on this disc as well as a brief look at other CDs featuring Benjamin Dale’s music.

Michael concludes his review:- “The impressive violist Roger Chase displays a rich broad tone performing on the same Montagnana instrument that belonged to Lionel Tertis. Michiko Otaki provides exemplary support. The duo are sterling advocates for the music of this neglected English composer playing throughout with assurance and expression.
This is an outstandingly performed and recorded disc of richly rewarding viola scores that deserve to be heard. I enjoyed this recording from start to finish; undoubtedly one of my Records of the Year for 2008.”


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