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Hoffmeister - Concerto in D Major for Viola and Orchestra

By Franz-Anton Hoffmeister

Composed by Franz-Anton Hoffmeister. Sheet music with CD. Music Minus One. Classical. Softcover with CD. 16 pages. Music Minus One #MMO4505. Published by Music Minus One (HL.400511).

Item Number: HL.400511

ISBN 9781596156449. 9x12.25 inches.

Performed by Elissaveta Staneva, viola

Accompaniment: Plovdiv Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Nayden Todorov

Hoffmeister's viola concerto is one of the first major concerti to feature the viola as a virtuoso solo instrument. One of the most popular of this prolific composer's works, it is a beautiful piece in the classical tradition. Includes a printed music score with informative liner notes; and a compact disc with the concerto performed first in stereo with the soloist, then again in Stereo minus you, the soloist.

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  • 2

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  • October 14, 2018 Ok

    You get the sheet music (which I already had) and a recording with soloist (which youcan find on youtube) and you get the same recording without the soloist. So you get all the speed changes of the soloist, sometimes just rushing, and starting the second movement far too slow and...

    than speeding up to get to the right temo. But more annoing is that you also get the pianissimos in the orchestra when it accomanies the solo art so you are not able to hear the orchestra when you play along, which defeats the purpose of music minus one. The cadenza in the first movement should have be omitted as well, it is not possible to finish at the same time as the soloist. The best thing you can say about it is the price which is really reasonable. Usable for study with mute, but not for any other purpose.

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  • 3

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  • July 13, 2007 OK but not superb

    The background CD music can be extremely hard to hear and follow along with even with a CD player's volume up really loud. Also, there are some inconsistencies with the sheet music and other publishers in the parts.

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  • 5

    Albert Finneus
    Atlanta, Georgia
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  • July 27, 2004 Fantastic

    The Hoffmeister Concerto is the best early Viola Concerto there is. The lyrical melody, blazing theme, and majestical cadenza add to the excellence of this piece. This spectacular member of the limited selection of viola solos is one of my favorites. Any college-level violist should own this piece for...

    the prodigy.

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