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Let Beauty Awake - English viola music

Catalogue numberBIS-2182 SACD
Release date2017-07-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time80:18

Recording of the month, MusicWeb International

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.

For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.

The centrepiece of this amply filled disc is Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite for Cello, transcribed for viola by Ellen Nisbeth herself – composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, the suite is based on Russian themes which Britten only presents in full towards the end of the substantial work. The same method is used in Lachrymae, here in the original version for viola and piano, where John Dowland’s song If my complaints could passions move is presented in full at the very end of the piece.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  from Songs of Travel 13:49
01 The Vagabond. Allegro moderato (alla marcia) 03:07 $ 0.75 USD
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  Romance for Viola and Piano
02 Romance for viola and piano 06:35 $ 1.58 USD
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  from Songs of Travel 13:49
03 Let Beauty Awake. Moderato 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
  Composer: Clarke, Rebecca
  Sonata for Viola and Piano 23:42
04 I. Impetuoso 08:15 $ 1.98 USD
05 II. Vivace 03:42 $ 0.89 USD
06 III. Adagio - Agitato 11:45 $ 2.82 USD
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  from Songs of Travel 13:49
07 The Roadside Fire. Allegretto 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
  Composer: Britten, Benjamin
  Third Suite for Cello (transcribed for viola) 22:03
08 I. Introduzione. Lento 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
09 II. Marcia. Allegro 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
10 III. Canto. Con moto 01:22 $ 0.33 USD
11 IV. Barcarola. Lento 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
12 V. Dialogo. Allegretto 01:40 $ 0.40 USD
13 VI. Fuga. Andante espressivo 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
14 VII. Recitativo. Fantastico 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
15 VIII. Moto perpetuo. Presto 00:52 $ 0.21 USD
16 IX. Passacaglia - Mournful Song - Autumn - Street Song -
Grant Repose together with the Saints
08:22 $ 2.01 USD
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  from Songs of Travel 13:49
17 Youth and Love. Andante sostenuto 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Britten, Benjamin
18 Lachrymae, Op.48, for viola and piano 14:01 $ 3.36 USD
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
  from Songs of Travel 13:49
19 The Infinite Shining Heavens. Andante sostenuto 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
  Album total 80:18
ComposerBritten, Benjamin
Clarke, Rebecca
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
ViolaNisbeth, Ellen
PianoForsberg, Bengt

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