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Bel Canto. The Voice of the Viola

Antoine Tamestit - Cédric Tiberghien

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Here the diva is the viola!
How did the viola move from the status of ‘dramatic contralto among instrumental voices’ (to quote the critic Henri Blanchard) to ‘a character of nobility and languor’, according to Georg Kastner’s treatise on instrumentation (1837)? Going well beyond mere historical interest, this album answers the question by unveiling the charms of a repertory that delighted Parisian concert halls and salons throughout the 19th century. It tells the story of an instrument that at last emerged from the violin’s shadow thanks to immense virtuosos; and now the talent of two great musicians of our time brings back to life these pieces which offer much more than the exquisite languors of bel canto. The diva is the viola; its servant is named Antoine Tamestit. (Text from harmonia mundi label)

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Viola Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 36 (Henri Vieuxtemps)

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I. Maestoso - Allegro 00:11:38

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Henri Vieuxtemps, Composer

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II. Barcarolla. Andante con moto 00:06:31

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Henri Vieuxtemps, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

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III. Finale scherzando. Allegretto 00:04:05

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Henri Vieuxtemps, Composer

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La Fille du Régiment (Gaetano Donizetti)

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Act I, Scene 11: Air de Marie "Il faut partir" (Arr. for Piano & Viola) 00:05:55

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

Élégie in F Minor, Op. 30 (Henri Vieuxtemps)

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Elegie in F Minor, Op. 30 00:06:47

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Henri Vieuxtemps, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

La Favorita (Gaetano Donizetti)

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Act III, Scene 4: Air de Léonore "Ô mon Fernand" (Arr. for Piano & Viola) 00:03:41

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Gaetano Donizetti, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

Le Songe, Op. 92 (Jacques Féréol Mazas)

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Elégie sur un thème de "La Favorite" 00:11:58

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Jacques Féréol Mazas, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

Prelude No. 15 for Solo Viola (Casimir Ney)

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Prelude No. 15 for Solo Viola 00:04:58

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Casimir Ney, Composer

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Norma (Vincenzo Bellini)

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Act I, Scene 1: Air de Norma "Casta Diva" (Arr. for Piano & Viola) 00:06:15

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Cédric Tiberghien, Piano - Vincenzo Bellini, Composer

harmonia mundi 2017

Capriccio for Solo Viola, Op. 55 (Henri Vieuxtemps)

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Capriccio for Solo Viola, Op. 55 00:03:26

Antoine Tamestit, Viola - Henri Vieuxtemps, Composer

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Here the diva is the viola!
How did the viola move from the status of ‘dramatic contralto among instrumental voices’ (to quote the critic Henri Blanchard) to ‘a character of nobility and languor’, according to Georg Kastner’s treatise on instrumentation (1837)? Going well beyond mere historical interest, this album answers the question by unveiling the charms of a repertory that delighted Parisian concert halls and salons throughout the 19th century. It tells the story of an instrument that at last emerged from the violin’s shadow thanks to immense virtuosos; and now the talent of two great musicians of our time brings back to life these pieces which offer much more than the exquisite languors of bel canto. The diva is the viola; its servant is named Antoine Tamestit. (Text from harmonia mundi label)

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