Wenn Sie diese HYPERION-CD hören, werden Sie sich vermutlich schämen, jemals über einen der abgeschmackten Bratschisten-Witze gelacht zu haben! Lawrence Power, einer der renommiertesten Vertreter dieses Fachs, und sein Begleiter Simon Crawford-Phillips servieren hier Werke französischer Komponisten des Fin de Siècle, die neben bekannten Namen auch einige unbekannte Perlen des Repertoires vorstellen.
That the names of Hüe and Büsser are now largely forgotten is no reection on their ability to write music which cannot fail to delight (and did not fail to win the Prix de Rome). Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips present a wonderful recital which sets Ravel and Debussy in the context of their lesser-known contemporaries.
The player's enthusiasm is self-evident, and Power tempers his sweet, full throated tone with a lovely inwardness in the quieter music. Crawford-Phillips is very much on the same page; the pair phrase naturally together and the long sunset coda of the Theme Varie is exquisitely done. GRAMOPHONE EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone, Oct'16
The viola, that Cinderella of the orchestral string section, goes to the ball in this recital by violist Lawrence Power and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, thanks to fairy godmothering by 10 composers, mostly French and all active around the turn of the 20th century. Though they were writing showstoppers, none could ignore the viola's propensity for melancholy, and Power's capacity for spinning seamless melodies is as crucial to these stylish performances here as his and Crawford-Phillips's virtuosity. Alongside the usual suspects Ravel and Debussy there are previously unrecorded works by the almost forgotten Léon Honnoré, Georges Hüe and Henri Büsser. A Soliloquy and Forlane by Hahn lightens the atmosphere, two pieces by Louis Vierne are beautifully done, and Lucien Durosoir's 1934 Vitrail sounds rhapsodically modern; the highlight, though, might be George Enescu's Concertstück. Most would sit better within a more varied programme, but it s good to have them recorded. **** --Guardian, 27/10/16
Power and Crawford-Phillips are a superb duo, matching their depth and richness of tone with an energetic, passionate approach, and the warm sound lets them shine. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'16