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Catalogue numberBIS-1773 SACD
Release date2012-10-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time52:48

In his Treatise on Instrumentation, Hector Berlioz wrote of the viola that ‘the sound of its strings is particularly telling, its upper notes are distinguished by their mournfully passionate accent, and its quality of tone, of a profound melancholy, differs from that of other instruments played with a bow’.
In devising the present programme, Maxim Rysanov could almost have been inspired by this description, and by the affinity between the timbre of the viola and the particular colours in French music. The pieces – all arrangements – by Ravel, Fauré and Debussy are bathed in an atmosphere of calm beauty with a hint of melancholy. Framed by two Pavanes, they include perennial favourites such as Après un rêve and Clair de lune, performed by a player who ‘couldn’t make an ugly sound if he tried’ and who ‘better than almost anyone else is able to bring out the beauties of the viola’ according to reviews in International Record Review and on website respectively.
Two contemporary pieces are included – both of them by the Swiss-French composer Richard Dubugnon (b. 1968), described as belonging ‘to a tradition that looks back to Ravel by way of Dutilleux’. Incantatio and Lied, both for viola and piano, are adaptations by the composer of existing works, made especially for Maxim Rysanov.
For BIS Rysanov has previously recorded a solo disc (with three of Bach’s cello suites) as well as his own arrangement for viola and orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He is here partnered by the eminent British pianist Ashley Wass.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  Pavane pour une Infante défunte
01 Pavane pour une infante défunte 05:15 $ 1.26 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
02 Après un rêve, Op.7 No.1 03:08 $ 0.75 USD
03 Élégie, Op.24, for cello and piano 06:55 $ 1.66 USD
  Composer: Dubugnon, Richard
  Incantatio for viola and piano, Op.12b 14:51
04 1. Evocatio. Lento espressivo 06:15 $ 1.50 USD
05 2. Apparitio. Ectoplasmic – Cadenza 04:36 $ 1.10 USD
06 3. Saltatio. Prestissimo volando 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
07 Romance, Op.69, for cello and piano 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
08 Clair de lune 03:58 $ 0.95 USD
  Composer: Dubugnon, Richard
09 Lied, Op.44b, for viola and piano 05:42 $ 1.37 USD
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
10 La fille aux cheveux de lin 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
11 Pavane, Op.50 05:14 $ 1.26 USD
  Album total 52:48
ComposerDebussy, Claude
Dubugnon, Richard
Fauré, Gabriel
Ravel, Maurice
ViolaRysanov, Maxim
PianoWass, Ashley
ArrangerBorisovsky, Vadim
Busser, Henri
Rysanov, Maxim

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