Miklós Rózsa (1907–1995) Viola Concerto Op. 37
[va,orch] 1979 duration: 32'
solo: va – 2(picc).2.2.2. – 188.8.131.52. – timp.perc – hp – cel – str
World première: Pittsburgh, 1984 (Pinchas Zukerman (va), Pittsburgh Symphony, cond. Andre Previn)
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Miklós Rózsas Viola Concerto op. 37 is the composers last orchestral work. It concludes a series of concertos in which Rózsa devoted one piece each to an instrument that he was particularly fond of (violoncello, piano, violin and the Sinfonia concertante for violin and violoncello) or to a specific performer. The Viola Concerto is dedicated to the then young soloist Pinchas Zukerman, who gave the first performance of the piece in May 1984 in Pittsburgh under the direction of André Previn. A surprising touch is the concertos four-movement form. In the works dark instrumental colors, the composer underlines his great admiration for his acclaimed fellow Hungarian Béla Bartók more intensely than ever before.
Paul Silverthorne (viola), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Ltg. James Sedares
Gilad Kaerni (Va), Budapest Concert Orchestra, Ltg. Mariusz Smolij
CD Naxos 8.570925
|1. Moderato assai|
|2. Allegro giocoso|
|4. Allegro con spirito|