Cover Williams: Viola Fantasia

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
17.05.2019

Label: Albion

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958): Suite for Viola & Orchestra:
  • 1Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): I. Prelude02:46
  • 2Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): II. Carol02:18
  • 3Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): III. Christmas Dance02:22
  • 4Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): IV. Ballad06:06
  • 5Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): V. Moto perpetuo03:34
  • 6Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): VI. Musette03:11
  • 7Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): VII. Polka mélancholique03:00
  • 8Suite for Viola & Orchestra (Arr. for Viola & Piano): VIII. Galop02:26
  • Romance:
  • 9Romance for Viola & Piano06:35
  • 6 Studies in English Folk Song:
  • 106 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 1, Adagio [Lovely on the Water]01:34
  • 116 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 2, Andante sostenuto [Spurn Point]01:16
  • 126 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 3, Larghetto [Van Dieman's Land]01:14
  • 136 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 4, Lento [She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold]01:16
  • 146 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 5, Andante tranquillo [The Lady and the Dragoon]01:24
  • 156 Studies in English Folk Song (Version for Viola & Piano): No. 6, Allegro vivace [As I Walked Over London Bridge]01:02
  • Fantasia on "Greensleeves":
  • 16Fantasia on "Greensleeves" (Arr. W. Forbes for Viola & Piano) [After Greaves' "Sir John in Love"]04:44
  • Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes:
  • 17Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes (Arr. J. Lenehan & M. Outram for Viola & Piano)10:38
  • 4 Hymns:
  • 184 Hymns (Version for Tenor, Piano & Viola): No. 1, Lord! Come Away03:40
  • 194 Hymns (Version for Tenor, Piano & Viola): No. 2, Who Is This Fair One?03:50
  • 204 Hymns (Version for Tenor, Piano & Viola): No. 3, Come Love, Come Lord03:16
  • 214 Hymns (Version for Tenor, Piano & Viola): No. 4, Evening Hymn03:26
  • Total Runtime01:09:38

Info for Williams: Viola Fantasia



Martin Outram (Viola) and Julian Rolton (piano) play all of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams for viola and piano. Mark Padmore (tenor) joins them to record Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Piano.

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 Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra was premiered by Tertis in 1934, soon followed by a viola and piano edition. The eight movements of this lively work mainly represent dances. The short but lovely Romance is thought to have been written for Lionel Tertis at approximately the time of the First World War. It was apparently never performed and was found after the composer’s death.

The Six Studies in English Folk Song, dedicated in 1926 to the cellist May Mukle, were produced in alternative versions for cello, viola, violin and clarinet, all with piano. Folk songs were important to Vaughan Williams, who collected many of them, and this work is based on six of them. This work in turn led on to a Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for cello and orchestra, dedicated in 1929 to Pablo Casalls. John Lenehan published a piano reduction of the piano part and Martin Outram has adapted the cello solo part for the viola. The Fantasia on Greensleeves derives from VW’s 1928 opera, Sir John in Love. Based on a well-known tune, possibly of the Tudor period, at incorporates another folk song, Lovely Joan.

The Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Piano date from just before the first world war. Based on texts dating from the 17th to the 20th century (by Bishop Jeremy Taylor, Isaac Watts, Richard Crashaw and Robert Bridges), they are weighty in mood and rise to feelings of religious ecstasy. 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 Phantasiestcke 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 premiere 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. In opera Mark has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner.

In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 Season with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for 2016-17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions and has attracted worldwide acclaim. Mark has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York.

Composers who have written for him include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins, Ryan Wigglesworth and Hans Zender.

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.

"The Maggini Quartet’s viola player, Martin Outram, has put together a rare and beautiful programme of less familiar Vaughan Williams...The neglected Four Hymns are given vivid, trenchantly enunciated performances by the tenor Padmore." (Sunday Times)

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



Martin Outram
Since studying at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music with John White, Martin Outram has enjoyed a wide ranging career as quartet player, soloist and teacher.

He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet. He has recorded over fifty discs with the Quartet and other chamber music ensembles and has been the recipient of the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d'Or, a Cannes Classical Award, three Grammy nominations and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music.

In addition to his work with the Maggini Quartet, Martin appears widely as a soloist. His repertoire embraces the major works for viola and several works have been written for him, including concertos by Adam Gorb, David Gow and Peter Aviss. Since making his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut with the London Mozart Players, Martin has appeared as a soloist in Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Europe. Recent highly acclaimed UK performances include the Bartok Concerto and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Julian Leaper and another highlight was his world premiere performance of Stuart MacRae's 'Equilibrium' for solo viola and chamber ensemble.

Martin performs in recital with Julian Rolton. Together they have performed throughout the UK and have recorded several discs for the Naxos and Nimbus labels. Their performances have included recitals at many international viola congresses. Their recordings of all the music for viola and piano by Bax attracted a five-star review in the BBC Music Magazine and their discs of English Viola Sonatas, all the viola music of Britten and Bridge, a CD featuring works associated with the eminent Scottish violist Watson Forbes and their recent release entitled 'The Stanford Legacy' have also received similar outstanding praise internationally.

Martin Outram is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor since 1984. He has given masterclasses in major music institutions in Britain, Austria, China, France, Sweden, Norway, Poland and America, and gives annual masterclasses in Leipzig. Martin has served on the jury for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and, more recently, the Markneukirchen International Viola Competition. He plays on a very fine viola made by Henricus Catenar in Turin in 1680.

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