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Lachrymae (1,634.43 kb)
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Call Number: CD 59
Organization: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 1989
Record Label: CBC Records

The viola, long considered a poor cousin to the violin, has in fact been endowed with a surprisingly large and rich repertory of solo compositions. Through the efforts of world-class soloists like Rivka Golani, Kim Kashkashian, William Primrose and Pinchas Zuckerman, the repertory of solo viola music is reaching increasingly larger audiences.

Rivka Golani has been acclaimed world-wide for her musicianship and dynamic stage presence. Born is Israel and now based in the U.K., she continues her strong ties to the Canadian music scene where she's been a dominant member since moving here in 1974. Her Centrediscs recording, Viola Nouveau was awarded the Canadian Grand Prix du Disque in 1985.

Both in size and substance, Chaconne continues the tradition of great 20th century viola concertos as laid out by Bartók, Walton, et al. According to Colgrass, these variations "seem to traverse three centuries of musical styles." A large orchestra is required, but it is used with restraint; indeed, the scoring is subtle and delicate throughout, revealing the composer as a master of orchestral colours and textures.


1. Chaconne


2-4. Suite Hébraïque


5-8. Trauermusik


9. Lachrymae

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