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AK Coburg DR 0001 [CD]
  • Viola Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, WoO 21 Click to listen to the Allegretto movement of the first viola sonata.
  • Viola Sonata No. 2 in F, WoO 26 Click to listen to the first movement of the second viola sonata.
Artists: Franco Sciannameo [viola], Eric Moe [piano]

Click for large version."These are both works that retain the listener's affection and attention through repeated listening, and reward that listener with the sense of having discovered something of import."* Henry Fogel, Fanfare.

Dating from 1892 and 1902 respectively, both of these sonatas were written for the viola alta, an ephemeral instrument meant to fall between the viola and cello in sound and character. Thus, they have a little of the mien of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata and, performed here on a regular viola, the wistful melancholy and resigned lyricism of the latter work infuses both sonatas with the exceptions of their finales.

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