Viola, Viola

Hsin-Yun Huang:

  • “Viola, Viola”

Many of you already know that the Viola is one of my favorite instruments; the deep, lush sounds take me to far away places…

On this CD, Violist Hsin-yun Huang presents an interesting program entitled “Viola, Viola” that includes a reading of British composer George Benjamin’s viola duo of the same name (performed alongside husband Misha Amory).

Also included on the disc are première recordings of new works composed for viola by Steven Mackey (a chamber concerto), a suite for viola and piano by Danish master Poul Ruders and a single-movement “remembrance” for viola and orchestra by Taiwanese composer Shih-Hui Chen.

In addition, Huang performs Elliott Carter’s Figment IV, composed during the composer’s 100th year.

As such: This mostly music that is rare, new, or that most of us have not yet heard; Enjoy!

The CD tracks are as follows:

Benjamin, G:

  • Viola, Viola for two violas
  • with Misha Amory (viola)

Carter, E:

  • Figment No. 4 for viola

Chen, Shih-Hui:

  • Remembrance

Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Gernot Schmalfuss

Mackey, S:

  • Ground Swell

American Modern Ensemble, Steven Mackey


  • Romances
  • with Sarah Rothenberg (piano)

Performed by Hsin-Yun Huang (viola)

Here is the World premiere performance (October 16, 2009) of the Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 108 by Johannes Brahms, as arranged by Stephanie Chase for string quintet. Joining first violinist Stephanie Chase are Harumi Rhodes, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; James Wilson, cello; and Kurt Muroki, double bass.



And here is Hsin-Yun Huang participating in the performance of the Mendelssohn Octet:



Tags: Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola Viola, George Benjamin, Carter, Ruders

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