Romancing the Viola: Viola Music of Rudolf Haken
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Label: MSR Classics
Cat No: MS1609
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st July 2016
WorksFantasia in F sharp minor for viola and piano
Fur Fritz for viola and piano
Polonaise for viola and piano
Sonata in D minor for viola and piano
Suite in A minor for solo viola
ArtistsRudolf Haken (viola)
Rachel Jensen (piano)
American violist and composer Rudolf Haken has heard his work performed around the world by a wide array of fine artists, including violinist Rachel Barton Pine, flautist Jean Ferrandis, oboist Nancy Ambrose King and trumpeter Paul Merkelo. Haken’s concertos have been notably successful, with performances in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. A recording of concertos was chosen as a 2007 Critics’ Choice by the American Record Guide. He has received numerous commissions, and has heard his works performed at conferences of the American Saxophone Alliance, the International Double Reed Society, and the International Trumpet Guild. In 2004, WTTW in Chicago produced a video featuring Haken performing his electric viola transcriptions of Van Halen and Metallica that was shown in passenger areas at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago. An advocate of the Rivinus ergonomic five-string viola, he has been featured in the Journal of the American Viola Society and The Strad. Haken performs regularly on four-string, five-string, and six-string violas in North and South America, Europe and Asia. At the age of ten, Haken conducted his first orchestral works, and appeared frequently in his teenage years throughout the United States and Europe as composer, conductor, soloist and chamber musician. Haken is currently on the music faculty at the University of Illinois.
Rachel Jensen holds masters and doctorate degrees in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, earned at the University of Illinois where she was the student and assistant of John Wustman. Jensen has visited on the music faculties of Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan University, and maintains a busy teaching studio in Urbana, Illinois, where she gives instruction in piano and voice.
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