Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists
"Music by: Reger, Britten, Hindemith & Schnittke" (CD)

Bashmet isn't necessarily one of my favorite violists, but he occupies one of the few seats of ambassadorship that the viola possesses.
In layman's terms, don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

This CD contains some well-known and lesser-known works for the viola.  Along with Britten's "Lachrymae" and Hindemith's "Trauermusik" there is an arrangement of a Max Reger suite (I'm not sure of this work's origins) and also a lengthy work by Schnittke that is undoubtedly important, but perhaps not for the most intrepid ears.

As a testament to our human condition, I don't mind Bashmet's performances or technique on this album. But I'm unfamiliar with these works.  On other CD's (Schubert's "Arpeggione") I am much more offended by his choice of articulation, etc.  This is an obviously silly thing to be upset by, but this is the nature of our fickle musical minds.  We're just giant babies, really.

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