William Primrose - Milestones of a Viola Legend (10CD)

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William Primrose

The Scotsman William Primrose was a violist of the century. His incredible musicality can easily imagined to be “a result of being touched by a fairy godmother's wand” – as the British magazine Gramophone, the undisputed authority on classical music, put it. William Primrose was indeed a gifted musician whose tone was inimitable and who achieved a lot for the appreciation of his often underrated instrument. He was one of the most important pioneers of viola playing, instrumental in giving the viola its status as a solo instrument. This compilation of 12 original albums and bonus tracks from the years 1935 to 1961 introduces an artist who is considered to be one of the most important soloists of the 20th century and, moreover, has written music history as a passionate chamber musician with legendary trio formations. Included are recordings with the Heifetz Primrose Feuermann ensemble (Beethoven, Schubert), examples of the highly successful collaboration with the Griller Quartet (Mozart Quintets), Brahms Sonatas with Rudolf Firkusny and recordings with the great Marian Anderson. Not to be missed are Walton's Viola-Concerto under the baton of the composer, Bizet's Harold en Italie, as well as pearls of the solo repertoire and chamber music by Schubert, Bach, Benjamin, Kreisler, Handel, Dvorak, Paganini, Rachmaninoff, Massenet and many more.

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Tracklisting:

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

  • Rudolf Firkusny (piano), William Primrose (viola)

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

  • Rudolf Firkusny (piano), William Primrose (viola)

Bach, J S: Komm süsser Tod, BWV478

  • William Primrose (viola)

Schubert: Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

  • William Primrose (viola)

Dvorak: Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

  • William Primrose (viola)

Nevin, E W: The Rosary

  • William Primrose (viola)

Brahms: Gestillte Sehnsucht, Op. 91 / 1

  • William Primrose (viola)

Brahms: Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op. 91 No. 2

  • William Primrose (viola)

Massenet: Elégie

  • William Primrose (viola)

Rachmaninov: In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

  • William Primrose (viola)

Paganini: Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 24 in A minor

  • William Primrose (viola)

Handel: Sonata in E, Op. 2, No. 9: Adagio

  • William Primrose (viola)

Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 432 in G minor: Passacaille

  • William Primrose (viola)

Paganini: Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 13 in B flat major

  • William Primrose (viola)

Paganini: Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 5 in A minor

  • William Primrose (viola)

Paganini: Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 17 in E flat major

  • William Primrose (viola)

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7: Rondo ‘La Campanella

  • William Primrose (viola)

Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

  • William Primrose (viola)

Kreisler: Liebesfreud

  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

  • RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
  • Izler Solomon
  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

  • Perpignan Festival Orchestra
  • Pablo Casals
  • Isaac Stern (violin), William Primrose (viola)

Beethoven: String Trio in D major, Op. 9 No. 2

  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), William Primrose (viola)

Bach, J S: Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 4 in D minor, BWV790

  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), William Primrose (viola)

Bach, J S: Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 9 in F minor, BWV795

  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), William Primrose (viola)

Bach, J S: Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 3 in D major, BWV789

  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), William Primrose (viola)

Schubert: String Trio in B flat major, D581

  • Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello), William Primrose (viola)

Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op. 16

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Charles Munch
  • William Primrose (viola)

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

  • Szymon Goldberg (violin), Nikolai Graudan (cello), Stuart Sankey (double bass), Victor Babin (piano), William Primrose (viola)

Schubert: Ave Maria, D839

  • William Primrose (viola)

Walton: Viola Concerto

  • Willam Walton
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K406

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

  • Griller String Quartet
  • William Primrose (viola)

Benjamin, A: Sonata for Viola & Piano (1942)

  • Wladimir Sokoloff (piano), William Primrose (viola)

Harris, Roy: Soliloquy and Dance

  • Johana Harris (piano), William Primrose (viola)

Kreisler: String Quartet in A minor

  • Fritz Kreisler, Thomas Petre (violins), Lauri Kennedy (cello), William Primrose (viola)