Rebecca Clarke - Works for Viola | Aevea AE16008

Rebecca Clarke - Works for Viola

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Label: Aevea

Cat No: AE16008

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 4th March 2016

Contents

About

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. The impressionism of Debussy is often mentioned in connection with Clarke's work, particularly its lush textures and modernistic harmonies. The Viola Sonata (published in 1919, the same year as the Bloch and the Hindemith Viola Sonata) is an example of this, with its pentatonic opening theme, thick harmonies, emotionally intense nature, and dense, rhythmically complex texture.

Morpheus, composed a year earlier, was her first expansive work, after over a decade of songs and miniatures. The Passacaglia on an Old English Tune is modal in flavour, mainly in the Dorian mode but venturing into the seldom-heard Phrygian.

"The extraordinary, emotional impact of the Duo Rnya recording seems to come from a single musical soul, always profoundly alive, and able to create emotionally exalted states.  Carlo Guaitoli, pianist and pedagogue

Duo Runya:
- Diana Bonatesta (viola)
- Arianna Bonatesta (piano)

Gabriele Campagna (violin) (Dumka only)

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