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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2014

Everything goes well on this CD, so if you are curious about the music, there is no reason to hold back. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013

The Berlioz, is a tour de force of both arrangement and execution. © BBC Music Magazine

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, September 2013

…buy this CD especially for the Roger Sonata, and also for the original version of Liszt’s Romance. You’ll also get a superb performance of the…Berlioz transcription as well. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

Before the days of radio and recordings, the only way many people would hear great orchestral works was in arrangements for one or two instruments. Though much of it was left to workaday musicians, there were a number of famous composers who made an art-form from such scores, Franz Liszt being among the most celebrated. He was to leave a large and varied catalogue, but must have particularly highly of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, for having completed his transcription for viola and piano in 1838, he was to return to it twice in later life to perfect the score, leaving his definitive version for publication in 1881. It retains the solo viola part as it appears in the orchestral work, and then expects the poor pianist to play something as close as Liszt could get to the large-scale orchestra part. It is crazily difficult and highly demanding on both stamina and technique, Piers Lane performing musically death-defying acts of technical virtuosity. Liszt did write a work for a new instrument, the viola alta, called Romance oubliee (Forgotten Romance), the instrument now long forgotten. Completing the disc, the highly rated Kurt Roger left his native Austria in 1938 to seek refuge in America. He met his Irish wife, a viola player, on his sea journey from the UK to the States, and wrote this big-boned Viola Sonata for her. By any standards it is a superb work, and we owe a massive debt to British violist, Philip Dukes and Lane for this first recording. In every way these are three superb performances which I much commend to you… © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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