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This month's release of music for viola and piano/viola and orchestra by the Spanish composer Ramón Paús brings an opportunity to highlight a selection of discs from the Naxos catalogue that feature the viola as soloist, both in chamber and concerto settings.

PAÚS, R.: Viola Works - Madera Ocaso / Cobalto azul, en tránsito / Elegía primera, la deriva
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Ramón PAÚS (b. 1956)
Works for Viola
Madera Ocaso (Wood Sunset)1
Cobalto azul, en tránsito2 • Elegía primera, la deriva3

Yuval Gotlibovich, Viola
Raquel Castro, Violin3 • Eduardo Fernández, Piano1
ESMUC Chamber Choir3
Catalan Chamber Orchestra2,3 • Joan Pàmies2,3

Spanish composer Ramón Paús has enjoyed considerable success in the fields of film and theatre music, while his classical works have been performed worldwide. The three viola works on this recording reveal elements of Paús’s eclectic musical background, such as the jazz-like moments and colourful drama of Cobalto azul, en tránsito. They also demonstrate his command of instrumental dialogue in Madera Ocaso with its incandescent melodies and incendiary piano chords. The hauntingly beautiful Elegía primera, la deriva is dedicated to the memory of Edith Maretzki, a violinist friend of the composer.

Listen to an extract from
Cobalto azul, en tránsito

More recordings featuring viola soloists
Csongor és Tünde
(2nd version, 1959) / Ballata

Szűcs, Jubilate Girls Choir, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Csányi
  Listen to an extract from
Weiner's Ballata, Op. 28 (version for viola and orchestra)
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  Listen to an extract from Harsányi's Viola Sonata:
III. Allegro giocoso con vivo
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  Listen to an extract from
Brahms' Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120:
II. Andante un poco adagio
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Viola Concerto /
Cello Concerto No. 2

Zhislin, Vassiljeva,
Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit
  Listen to an extract from
Penderecki's Viola Concerto:
Vivace -
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Viola Concerto /
Hungarian Serenade

Budapest Concert Orchestra,
  Listen to an extract from
Rózsa's Viola Concerto,
Op. 37: II. Allegro giocoso
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Symphony No. 2 /
Viola Concerto

English Northern Philharmonia, Daniel
  Listen to an extract from
Walton's Viola Concerto:
II. Vivo, con molto preciso
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