Fuchs / Litton - Works For Viola & Piano (Hybr) | RECORD STORE DAY

back to top

RECORD STORE DAY

Thank you for choosing to buy locally from a record store!

Works For Viola & Piano (Hybr)
Artist: Fuchs / Litton
Format: CD

Details

Label: BIS
Rel. Date: 11/05/2021
UPC: 7318599925745

Preorder Now

Store Distance Phone Preorder
Loading...

You can explore 3 ways to buy:

Find and visit a Local Record Store and get phone number and directions (call first, there is no guarantee which products may be in stock locally)

Purchase now from a local store that sells online

Purchase digitally now from recordstoreday.com (which serves local record stores)

These Indie stores carry most genres and you may want to also check with them

Store Distance Phone
Loading...

Find a local store

(Please call first)

More Info:

In the spring of 2020, the Covid pandemic caused turmoil in the concert diaries of most musicians, including the conductor Andrew Litton and his wife Katharina Kang Litton, principal violist of New York City Ballet. To find an outlet for their musical expression they began to explore the repertoire for viola and piano together. Having played the sonatas by Brahms they came across the music by two other Viennese composers, Brahms' near-contemporary Robert Fuchs and his student Egon Kornauth. Fuchs - who the less-than-effusive Brahms called 'a splendid musician' - had a long and distinguished career at the Vienna Conservatory where his other students included such composers as Mahler, Wolf, Sibelius, Zemlinsky and Korngold. That the sonatas recorded here were composed around the same time as Schoenberg's Second String Quartet can be hard to believe - as is the fact that Fuchs's Phantasiestücke (composed in his 80th and final year) was contemporary with Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 1. But if they are not in any way pioneering, all three works are beautifully achieved: formally both strong and flexible, with a subtle, deeply-felt emotional coloring of their own. The Litton Duo close the recital with a piece that has a personal significance for the two - an arrangement of the Korean folk song Arirang which they received as a wedding present from Stephen Hough.