Roger Myers’s first foray with the Delos label finds the violist bringing renowned chamber works into the enticing new realm of orchestral arrangements. Fantasy and Farewell: Music for Viola and Orchestra includes two standard viola compositions – Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder (Fairy-Tale Pictures) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano – transformed into orchestral works. The album also features the Suite for Viola and Orchestra, a piece which Myers commissioned from composer Michael McLean (who also orchestrated the Schumann) in loving memory of his mother. Each of the three works explore the title themes of fantasy and farewell.
Myers performs the pieces with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Francis. The Schumann and the McLean are each world premiere recordings.
An audio sample of the Prelude from McLean’s Suite is available below. Click Fantasy and Farewellto purchase the complete album from iTunes.
Image courtesy of Delos
- Classical music: Famed Japanese violist Nobuko Imai joins the UW-Madison’s Pro Arte String Quartet this Wednesday night in a MUST-HEAR and FREE concert of Brahms, Boccherini and Britten. Plus, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ends its winter “Masterworks” (welltempered.wordpress.com)
- Robert Schumann: Paganini of Piano (wqxr.org)