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Clarke * Dale * Walthew * Warner: Clarke Viola Concerto (Orch Ruth Lomon)

Magazine article Gramophone

Clarke * Dale * Walthew * Warner: Clarke Viola Concerto (Orch Ruth Lomon)

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Clarke * Dale * Walthew * Warner

Clarke Viola Concerto (orch Ruth Lomon) Dale Suite, Op 2--Romance Walthew A Mosaic in Ten Pieces (with Dedication) Warner Suite, Op 58 torch Tim Seddon) Sarah-Jane Bradley va Halle Orchestra / Stephen Bell Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7329 (75' * DDD/DSD)

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Richard Walthew's A Mosaic in Ten Pieces (with Dedication) is a long name for a short work. So try this. Dive straight in on the second piece (tr 6).The orchestra gives a gentle push and Sarah-Jane Bradley's viola begins its waltz: graceful, natural, a playful little slide here, a brief flush of vibrato there--just enough to make the phrase smile. And while Stephen Bell and the Halle certainly never get in the way, the quizzical woodwind comments and that discreet but unmistakable light-music swing show that they're enjoying this music every bit as much as she is.

Everything on this disc is a premiere recording (at least in these versions), and none of it, perhaps, is music to change the world--with the exception of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Concerto, an idiomatic and sensitive orchestration by Ruth Lomon of Clarke's superb Sonata. …

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