Britten, Bridge, Grainger, Bax, Vaughan Williams, Clarke

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COMPOSERS: Bax,Bridge,Britten,Clarke,Grainger,Vaughan Williams
LABELS: Hyperion Helios
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: English Music for Viola
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Paul Coletti (viola); Leslie Howard (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CDH 55085 Reissue (1993)
On its first appearance, this anthology of 20th-century music for viola and piano was a deserved inclusion in the BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Top 1000’ CD guide. The Scottish-born Paul Coletti is a master of his instrument, and deploys an impressive range of colours. Well partnered by the versatile Leslie Howard, he gives full Romantic expression to Rebecca Clarke’s fine 1919 Sonata and Baxdramatic Legend. And he is a convincing advocate for posthumously published rarities by Britten and Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge’s beautifully written diptych, two delightful Grainger miniatures, and two beautiful lullabies by Clarke which alone are worth Helios’s modest price. Anthony Burton