Barbara Westphal.


Brazilian music:

  • For Viola and piano.

New Recording.

Performed by Christian Ruvolo, piano, and Barbara Westphal, viola.


Violist Barbara Westphal concertizes regularly as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. She also appears regularly as guest artist at international music festivals such as those of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sarasota, Florida; Great Lakes, Michigan; Vaasa, Finland; and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Ms. Westphal won the only prize for solo viola in the 1983 Munich Competition, as well as the prestigious Busch Prize the same year. From 1978 to 1985, Ms. Westphal was the violist of the highly acclaimed Delos String Quartet, and First Prize Winner at the 1981 International String Quartet Competition in Colmar, France.


Here is the track listing for this CD:

Brasilia (version for viola and piano).

3 Valsas Brasileiras: No. 1. Valsa lenta
3 Valsas Brasileiras: No. 2. Suave e delicato
3 Valsas Brasileiras: No. 3. Vivo e com Entusiasmo
Appassionato, Cantilena e Toccata: Cantilena
Appassionato, Cantilena e Toccata: Toccata
Viola Sonatina: I. Andante
Viola Sonatina: II. Vivace
Cancao sertaneja (arr. for viola and piano)
Encantamento (arr. for viola and piano)
O canto do cysne negro (arr. for viola and piano)
Viola Sonata: I. Dramatico
Viola Sonata: II. Evocativo
Viola Sonata: III. Agitato




While I was unable to locate a video of this CD’s Brazilian music, here is Ms. Westphal in Schubert’s String Quintet in C-Major:





And next, here is Mozart’s string quintet, with the following players:


Anke Dill, Violin
Ulf Schneider, Violin
Barbara Westphal, Viola
Volker Jacobsen, Viola
Gustav Rivinius, Cello





Tags: Brazilian music, Viola, piano, Barbara Westphal, Christian Ruvolo