Philip Dukes (viola), Piers Lane (piano)
Includes WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS. Hector Berlioz's Harold en Italie draws both on Byron's Childe Harold and the composer's own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt's rarely-heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work's narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliee derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian born Kurt Roger studied with Arnold Schoenberg, retaining his teacher's contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata.
Berlioz (trans. Liszt) Harold en Italie S472/R138, Liszt Romance oubliee S132, Roger Viola Sonata Op 37 'Irish Sonata'
Running Time: 1 hr 11 min