Ascent: Music for Viola and Piano | Cedille Records CDR90000184

Ascent: Music for Viola and Piano


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Label: Cedille Records

Cat No: CDR90000184

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th February 2019



Dmitri Shostakovichís long-lost Impromptu for Viola and Piano, op.33, recently unearthed in the Moscow State Archives, receives its world-premiere recording on Matthew Lipmanís Ascent, the acclaimed young American violistís solo debut album, featuring, in the artistís words, ďmusic enraptured by flights of fantasyĒ.

Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lipman has created an album of uplifting and spiritually transcendent works for viola and piano, dedicated to his late mother.

Hailed by The New York Times for his ďrich tone and elegant phrasing,Ē Lipman is heard in the world-premiere recording of Clarice Assadís fantasy piece, Metamorfose, which the violist commissioned. Itís a poignant commentary on grief and acceptance. Robert Schumannís Fairy Tale Pictures is dreamlike and fanciful. York Bowenís richly expressive Phantasy draws on the Russian Romantic tradition. Garth Knoxís free-flying Fuga libre transfigures Bach-like fugal fragments through modern, colouristic performance techniques. The albumís finale is the first-ever recording on viola of Hollywood composer Franz Waxmanís popular violin showpiece, Carmen Fantasie.

Englandís The Telegraph praised Lipman as ďgifted with poise and a warmth of timbreĒ for his recording of Mozartís Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Sir Neville Marriner (Avie), which topped the Billboard classical chart.

Lipmanís collaborator on Ascent is pianist Henry Kramer, winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth competition and top prizes at the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition and 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. His first commercial recording, dedicated to Liszt oratorio transcriptions, was recently released on Naxos.

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