Prokofiev - Violin Concerto no.1; Walton - Viola Concerto; Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending | Challenge Classics CC72793

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto no.1; Walton - Viola Concerto; Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72793

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd November 2018

Contents

Artists

Isabelle van Keulen (violin, viola)
NDR Radiophilharmonie

Conductors

Andrew Manze
Keri-Lynn Wilson
Andrew Litton

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

The Lark Ascending

Walton, William

Viola Concerto

Artists

Isabelle van Keulen (violin, viola)
NDR Radiophilharmonie

Conductors

Andrew Manze
Keri-Lynn Wilson
Andrew Litton

About

Isabelle van Keulen once again proves her skill and musical insight both as a violinist and as a violist on one of Challenge Classics highlights of 2018. Recorded live, van Keulen has paired two great concertos from the roaring 20s: Prokofievís Violin Concerto no.1 and Waltonís Viola Concerto.

Prokofievís Violin Concerto no.1, whose premiere was in 1923 (while the composer was still living in France, a few years before his return to Soviet Union) served as a much-admired model to Waltonís Viola Concerto, whose first performance was played by Paul Hindemith in 1929. The similarities between the two works go beyond the three-movements structure slow-quick-slow and concern themes, accompaniments and the rondo form of the virtuoso central Scherzo.

The idea of such unusual coupling came to one of the few great living violinists who can really play the viola with equal skill: Isabelle van Keulen. This glorious disc is crowned by the orchestral version of Vaughan Williamsís masterpiece The Lark Ascending. One of German radio best orchestras, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, is conducted by Andrew Manze (Prokofiev), Keri-Lynn Wilson (Walton) and Andrew Litton (Vaughan Williams).

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