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Transcriptions by William Primrose for viola and piano of pieces by Borodin (Nocturne), Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner (Traüme – Wesendonk-Lieder), Paganini (La campanella), Bizet, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky (None but the lonely heart)
Roberto Diaz (viola) & Robert Koenig (piano)

Recorded in November 2004 in Glenn Gould Studio, C.B.C., Toronto
CD No: NAXOS 8.557391
Duration: 66 minutes
Reviewed: November 2006
The reticent and introspective viola here sounds honeyed and outgoing while remaining soulful. Roberto Diaz, former principal in the Philadelphia Orchestra, turns many mellifluous phrases and dances numerous jaunty rhythms. Viola-virtuoso William Primrose (1904-82) made these transcriptions to raise the viola’s image; Diaz plays them on Primrose’s own centuries-old Amati. Robert Koenig offers fine support, and the recording is good.


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