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Stamitz, Hoffmeister & Haydn: Viola Concertos

By Andra Darzina; Juergen Essl; Urban Camerata

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By Andra Darzina; Juergen Essl; Urban Camerata. By Carl Stamitz; Franz Anton Hoffmeister; Michael Haydn. Classical. Listening CD. Published by CPO (NX.777986-2).

Item Number: NX.777986-2

Important Viola Concertos with Andra Darzina. Andra Darzina, born in Australia and of Latvian family heritage, studied in Adelaide and with Wolfram Christ in Berlin on a Churchill Fellowship and a DAAD Scholarship. She passed her concert examination with distinction and has been honored with prizes such as the first prize at the ABC Concerto Competition in southern Australia. Along with the well-known organist and composer Juergen Essl, Andra Darzins developed an idea for »Viola-Classics.« The result is a magnificent and vibrant production of the most important viola concertos. For cpo she has recorded concertos by Hoffmeister, Stamitz, and Michael Haydn. Juergen Essl joins her in the performance of the Concerto for Viola, Organ and Strings The viola concertos of Carl Stamitz and Franz Anton Hoffmeister are de rigueur for viola players all over the world. They are mandatory fare at music competitions, conservatory examinations and orchestra auditions. But the more Andrea Darzins teach them, the more beauty, elegance and even wit I find in them. Concerning the Concerto of Michael Haydn with an unusual scoring for organ, viola and strings Darzins is enthusiastic: "This work was a genuine discovery for me! I'm completely enchanted by the combination of organ and viola! The original cadenzas in the first and second movements were written by Juergen Essl.".

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