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French Concertante Viola

Centaur CRC2788

Joseph Jongen

Suite for Orchestra & Solo Viola, Op.48 (1915)

Jean Françaix

Rhapsodie for Viola & Small Orchestra (1946)

Tibor Serly

Concerto for Viola & Orchestra (1929)

Marcus Thompson, viola
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Paul Freeman
Centaur CRC2788 57:25

Jongen's Suite in two movements is a very appealing work which displays a range of emotions. Françaix's short Rhapsodie contrasts the seriousness of Ravel with the lightheartedness of Poulenc. Serly, best known for his completion of Bartók's Viola Concerto, shows a more traditional approach. All three works add new interest to the repertoire for the viola.

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