Bowen Viola Sonatas

Sara Mingardo, Luca Sanzò & Maurizio Paciariello - Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120, 2 Gesänge, Op. 91 (2016)

Sara Mingardo, Luca Sanzò & Maurizio Paciariello - Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120, 2 Gesänge, Op. 91 (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:06 | 134 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics

This new recording contains Brahms complete music in which the viola plays a solo part: the two Sonatas Op. 120 and the 2 Gesänge Op. 91, for alto, viola and piano. Brahms two viola sonatas are masterworks of his late style: the perfect handling of the sonata form sets the structure for autumnal reminiscenses and melancholic introspection, alternated by either passionate or tender interludes. Beautiful performances by violist Luca Sanzo and pianist Maurizio Paciariello, who made an excellent recording of Hindemiths Viola Sonatas for Brilliant Classics (BC94782): Strong performance.a real winner (Musicweb). A special treat is the voice of Sara Mingardo in the Zwei Gesänge, one of the foremost altos of today, who sung with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, MyungWhunChung, Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Viola Sonatas: Glinka, Roslavets, Shostakovich / Yuri Bashmet,  Mikhail Muntian (1992)

Viola Sonatas: Glinka, Roslavets, Shostakovich / Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Muntian (1992)
EAC rip | APE, log, cue, covers | RAR Rec. 3% | 217 MB | hotfile, filesonic
Classical | Label: Red Seal | Time: 67:24

Yuri Bashmet is the founder and jury chair of Russia´s only International Viola Competition (Moscow) as well as president of the International Lionel Tertis Viola Competition in the United Kingdom. He is the recipient of various awards and regalia from Russia as well as from other nations. In 1995, he received the Sonnings Musikfond Prize, one of the most prestigious in the world, which was conferred in Copenhagen. Previous recipients of this award include Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Arthur Rubinstein, Dmitry Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Svyatoslav Rikhter and Gidon Kremer.

Fyodor Druzhinin - Russian Viola Sonatas (2004)  Music

Posted by OkTeM06 at July 19, 2010
Fyodor Druzhinin - Russian Viola Sonatas (2004)

Fyodor Druzhinin - Russian Viola Sonatas (2004)
EAC Rip | Flac tracks, Cue + Log | 328 MB | 77:52 Min | %5 Recovery | FS, RS
Genre: Classic | Label: Melodiya

Brahms: Viola Sonatas; Two Songs - Yuri Bashmet  

Posted by Floria_Tosca at Feb. 7, 2009
Brahms: Viola Sonatas; Two Songs - Yuri Bashmet

Brahms: Viola Sonatas; Two Songs - Yuri Bashmet
Label: RCA Victor Europe | ASIN: B000023YR1 | Ape + covers | 233 MB
Shostakovich: Sonatas for Violin and Viola / Kagan, Richter, Bashmet (2003)

Shostakovich: Sonatas for Violin and Viola / Kagan, Richter, Bashmet (2003)
EAC rip | FLAC, log, cue, covers | RAR Rec. 3% | 265 MB | hotfile, filesonic
Classical | Label: Regis | Time: 67:59

These live recordings from 1985 are fantastic treasures. The Moscow Studio Archives release may now be unavailable – perhaps this Regis version is now easier to obtain. Oleg Kagan plays the Violin Sonata (1968) and Yuri Bashmet plays the Viola Sonata (1975), which was Shostakovich's last work, both accompanied by the great Sviatoslav Richter on piano…
Hindemith - Trauermusik; Britten - Lachrymae; Penderecki - Konzert fur Viola und Kammerorchester (1993) [Kashkashian, Davies]

Hindemith - Trauermusik; Britten - Lachrymae; Penderecki - Konzert für Viola und Kammerorchester (1993)
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1506, 439 611-2 | Time: 00:50:03

This beautifully programmed CD presents three settings for viola and orchestra and a more eloquent statement about the beauty of the viola as an instrument would be hard to imagine (except for perhaps including Vaughan Williams' 'Flos Campi'). The viola finds that middle voice between violin and cello, a rich tone with a built in quality of mournfulness. That quality has inspired the works on this recording and the result is some of the more wistful music ever written. Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with the superb violist Kim Kashkashian.

Russian Viola Recital(2011)  Music

Posted by Su_Lihua at Oct. 1, 2011
Russian Viola Recital(2011)

Russian Viola Recital (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | 1 CD | Complete Scans | 293 MB
Classical/20th Century | Label: Sono Luminus | Cat.: DSL-92136 | RS/MU

The viola-and-piano music performed on a CD called “Russian Viola Sonatas” is almost all unfamiliar: every piece here except the sonata by Paul Juon (1872–1940) is a world premiere recording. While none of the works are brimming with Nationalist flavor, each is written in an attractive, late Romantic idiom that is ideally suited to the Viola's dark-hued timbre. Nelson and Inanga have clearly studied these works carefully and internalized their salient elements: the performances not only sound very good but also seem quite idiomatic.

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68045 | Time: 00:59:48

Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr here assemble all the viola da gamba sonatas written by three composers born in the propitious year of 1685: one each by Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, and three by JS Bach. Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way. The dreamy, airy slow movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor brings telling use of vibrato as Isserlis circles around Egarr, his playing at once idiomatic and soulful. An extra cellist reinforces the bass line in the Handel and Scarlatti, in which the composers give the harpsichordist only a framework; Egarr’s imaginative realisations ensure that even when Scarlatti is at his most repetitive, he is never dull.
Paul Hindemith - Ensemble Villa Musica - Complete Sonatas Vol. 1 (1997, MDG "Gold" # 304 0691-2) [RE-UP]

Paul Hindemith - Ensemble Villa Musica - Complete Sonatas Vol. 1
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 248 MB | Full Artwork: 106 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 304 0691-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1997
Genre: Classical | Style: Early 20th Century, Contemporary

"Die Musiker des Ensembles Villa Musica spielen mit einer ansteckenden Begeisterung, mit der diese Werke geradezu wachsen und an musikalischer Bedeutsamkeit zu gewinnen scheinen." (FonoForum)
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CD [Repost]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 567 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 330 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2 | Time: 02:07:46

The sound quality is good and the performances are excellent. I recently had the opportunity to compare Kashkashian's performance with Hindemith's own 1930s recording and while I naturally give props to Hindemith for recording his own work I like Kashkashian's performance of the Op. 24 viola sonata more– not just for sound but for the speed and fire she puts into the wild fourth movement. Hindemith's contribution to viola repertoire is probably the single most important one of the 20th century and this is probably the best available recording of his works. It includes all the solo and with-piano works on just two discs. It's also nice that Kashkashian and Levin recorded the viola works that were unpublished during Hindemith's lifetime, giving us a fuller insight into his work for the instrument than we might otherwise hear.