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Timothy Ridout & Frank Dupree – A Poet’s Love, Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Schumann: Dichterliebe (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Timothy Ridout & Frank Dupree – A Poet’s Love, Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Schumann: Dichterliebe (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 58:05 minutes | 954 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

In this debut recording for harmonia mundi, the young viola prodigy Timothy Ridout and his musical accomplice Frank Dupree celebrate the power of love, with selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, performed in Borisovsky’s popular arrangement, and with their own transcription of Schumann’s Dichterliebe. The voice of the heart and the soul of candour, here the viola displays an astonishing range of emotions and expressive colours – from boisterous to tender or introspective in the Prokofiev excerpts, while also mirroring the myriad nuances of Heine’s poems in Schumann’s sublime musical love letter to his Clara.

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Adam Walker, Timothy Ridout, James Baillieu – French Works for Flute (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Adam Walker, Timothy Ridout, James Baillieu – French Works for Flute (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:54 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

French Works for Flute is the Chandos début of Adam Walker, ably accompanied by James Baillieu. The pair is joined by the violist Timothy Ridout in Duruflé’s Prélude, récitatif et variations. At the forefront of a new generation of wind soloists, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of twenty-one. Built around three major works (Widor’s Suite, Jean-Pierre Rampal’s edition of Franck’s Violin Sonata, and Duruflé’s flute trio), the programme proves an excellent showcase for Walker’s prodigious talent – effortless virtuosity, ethereal sound, and above all outstanding musical expression.

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Timothy Ridout – Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Hindemith & Britten (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Timothy Ridout, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne & Jamie Phillips – Music for Viola & Chamber Orchestra: Vaughan Williams, Martinů, Hindemith & Britten (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:16 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Claves Records

The wealth of music composed for the viola in the 20th century almost lets one forget the dearth of it in the 19th, which brought forth only two solo works of note: Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, a concerto commissioned by Paganini that sidelines the viola so much he refused to play it; and Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, in which the solo viola is relegated to the part of the Don’s sidekick Sancho Panza. Sidelined and sidekicked – the viola’s fate seemed a fulfilment of the oft-quoted line from Quantz’s sometime flute treatise that “the viola is largely regarded among musicians as being of little significance”. It was only really in the 20th century that composers realised that the viola’s status of an in-between instrument could actually be to its advantage. It’s bigger than a violin, but tuned like a cello, and is both warmer in tone than the former, and much more agile than the latter. The viola then had the good fortune to become the preferred instrument of several important composers. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) briefly toyed with going professional on it; Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) went the whole hog and made a living from it in the Amar Quartet and as a soloist; and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) too was a violist, though he kept his public performing activities to the piano and the podium.

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