Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Tudor 7188


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Emanuel Vardi (viola) - In memoriam 1915-2011
Odeon PARTOS (1907-1977)
Yizkor (In Memoriam) [10:48]
Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963)
Trauermusik (1936) [8:06]
Michael COLGRASS (b. 1932)
Variations for four drums and viola (1959) [18:10]
Tibor SERLY (1901-1978)
Concerto for violin and wind orchestra with percussion (1955-58) [14:20]
William WALTON (1902-1983)
Viola Concerto (1928-29 rev 1936) [23:26]
Emanuel Vardi (viola and violin)
MGM String Orchestra/Izler Solomon, rec. 1957 (Partos and Hindemith)
Michael Colgrass (percussion) rec. 1959 (Colgrass)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Tibor Serly rec. 1976 (Serly)
American Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra/Joseph Stopka, rec. 1943 (Walton)
CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 159 [75:02]

Experience Classicsonline


 
This is by no means the first time that Cembal d’amour has celebrated the artistry of Emanuel Vardi (1915-2011). We have already had the Paganini Caprices (CD129), an album called ‘The Virtuoso Viola’ (CD134), and CD125 which captures his performances, with David Nadien and Jascha Silberstein, of Mozart’s Divertimento K563.
 
The focus of this latest disc shifts Vardi stage-centre in concerto, or concertante-like works recorded between 1943 and 1976 with a variety of accompanying orchestras and colleagues. The earliest performance is something of a coup, a 1943 broadcast of the Walton with the American Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Stopka. Frederick Riddle’s recording was the first commercial set to be issued, pre-war, and William Primrose’s followed in 1946. I’m not aware of any broadcast survivor earlier than Vardi’s, though it would have been special had the BBC had the foresight to record, and preserve, one of Lionel Tertis’s broadcasts of a work he had famously originally turned down. Vardi performs with really incisive perception. At 28 he was in the first stages of his career, and his tone is expressive. He takes the central movement at an idiomatic lick, and his tone survives the small acetate crunches with which the finale begins. This is an important recording of real archival significance.
 
Odeon Partos’s Yizkor and Hindemith’s Trauermusik were recorded when Vardi was at his prime, in 1957. They were taped on the West Coast with the MGM String Orchestra directed by Izler Solomon. The Partos piece is about 11 minutes long, a passionate in memoriam of great immediacy. Antecedents, I suppose, would include Bloch and the very typically close-up recording allows one to concentrate on all aspects of Vardi’s timbral resources and outstanding musicianship. He remains full-toned throughout the instrument’s range, retaining full amplitude even in higher registers. Hindemith’s Trauermusik reprises these qualities, including the too-close sound spectrum.
 
Michael Colgrass’s sonically interesting Variations for four drums and viola was composed, and taped, in 1959. The composer (himself a percussionist) conducts. The variations provide a deal of contrast, exploited to the full by Vardi in both the more lyrical and intimate sections as well as the more combative, percussion-established ones. Vardi cores his tone, increasing intensity with great brilliance, and both composer and soloist seem to enjoy the ‘recitativo’ effect in the Andante agitato variation. For Tibor Serly’s compact two-movement Concerto Vardi forsakes his viola for the violin. He sounds fully authoritative, and the recording allows his pizzicati to ring out with clarion surety. The recording was made in Vienna and all concerned certainly catch the gawky angularity of Serly’s second movement Dance.
 
This is a fascinating trawl through Vardi’s recordings, both studio and off-air. There is nothing in the notes about the music, but you will be impressed by the programme.
 
Jonathan Woolf
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.