Fin de siecle: Music for viola and piano | Hyperion CDA68165

Fin de siecle: Music for viola and piano


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68165

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th September 2016



That the names of Hüe and Büsser are now largely forgotten is no reflection on their ability to write music which cannot fail to delight (and did not fail to win the Prix de Rome). Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips present a wonderful recital which sets Ravel and Debussy in the context of their lesser-known contemporaries.


The viola, that Cinderella of the orchestral string section, goes to the ball in this recital by violist Lawrence Power and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, thanks to fairy godmothering by 10 composers, mostly French and all active around the turn of the 20th century. Though they were writing showstoppers, none could ignore the viola’s propensity for melancholy, and Power’s capacity for spinning seamless melodies is as crucial to these stylish performances here as his and Crawford-Phillips’s virtuosity.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 27 October 2016
Many of the pieces on this disc were written as morceaux de concours for the Conservatoire, yet they’re warm-blooded, poetic and – in Power and Crawford-Phillips’s hands – urgently alive. ... The players’ enthusiasm is self-evident, and Power tempers his sweet, full-throated tone ... with a lovely inwardness in the quieter music. Crawford-Phillips is very much on the same page... Hyperion’s recording captures the music’s sensuous beauty without sacrificing clarity, making this a consistently enjoyable way to discover some unexpectedly rewarding music.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone October 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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