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Viola Sonatas,


Viola suites Op. 131d

Vladimir Bukac (viola) Jaromir Klepac (piano)
Wallace Collection, London. 9 July 2000
Calliope CAL 9285 (72.10)

Vladimir Bukac has been a member of the renowned Talich Quartet for some years, first as second violin, now playing the viola. Enjoyed live recently at The Wallace Collection [S&H July 00] he has an easy manner and produces warm tone, which is well captured here.

The Martinu sonata is rarely heard and a good reason to purchase this CD - listed as No.1 (1955) but it appears to have had no sequel. In two free and rhapsodic movements, it was written in New York and has some affinities with Copland's music. It looks also to the composer's national roots, which he never forsook, and is a welcome addition to the Martinu discography. This is quite a Martinu year; his reputation appears to be on the increase, with the successful belated premiere of his Greek Passion opera in its original version, now released also on CD.

The English viola player and composer Rebecca Clarke's 1919 sonata (entered under a male pseudonym for a Sprague Coolidge competition and beaten to the post by Bloch) is forceful and accomplished, and has become a favourite with viola players.

Reger's three suites (1914-16) are typical of his 'neo-Baroque' manner and an obvious tribute to Bach.

Well partnered by Jaromir Klepac and clearly recorded in a studio, which is a little dry, this is a desirable CD, bringing together interesting repertoire. A solo viola recital by Vladimir Bukac, representing his 'farewell to the violin', is due for release later in the summer.


Peter Grahame Woolf


Peter Grahame Woolf

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