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Elgar & Schnittke
Viola Concertos




Booklet with liner notes in English, German and French


September 2009

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1153-2


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Track listing

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (arr. Lionel Tertis / David Aaron Carpenter)
I. Adagio - Moderato

II. Lento - Allegro molto

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, ma non troppo - Poco piĆ¹ lento - Adagio

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (1985)
I. Largo

II. Allegro molto

III. Largo

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Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'
Pizzicato 'Supersonic Award'

Press review

Eine Stunde Lebenszeit kann viel sein oder wenig. Wenn man sich das Resultat der Zusammenarbeit zu Gemüte zu führt, dann bleibt kein Zweifel: Es ist eine Stunde voll mit Sternen.
Jürgen Otten, Frankfurter Rundschau, 25. November 2009

A star violist may be on the horizon. (...) Carpenter has a robust sound and mercurial personality.
Mark Swed, LA Times, November 1, 2009

Avec une technique fabuleuse, une virtuosité époustouflante et des sonorités claires et bien articulées, le jeune altiste électrise cette musique (...). La beauté et la vie ardente de son jeu sont saisissantes et montrent bien le degré d'éloquence que l'alto peut atteindre s'il est joué par un talent hors pair comme l'est le jeune Carpenter.
Marcel Louis, Pizzicato, Novembre 2009, Supersonic Award

Ein neuer Stern am Bratschenhimmel (...) Carpenter spielt nicht nur ziemlich mutig und höchst virtuos eine auch schon wieder historische, von ihm noch verfeinerte Bratschenadaption dieses besonders im angloamerikanischen Raum geliebten Gustostücks, er schafft es auch, die Viola in einem immensen Farbenspektrum schillern zu lassen.

Manuel Brug, Die Welt, 20. Oktober 2009

Carpenter profiliert sich (...) als sensibler, tonlich facettenreich gestaltender Solist, der sich emotional ganz verausgabt. (...) Carpenter (...) besitzt ein tonliches und gestalterisches Potential das aufhorchen lässt. Auf weitere Aufnahmen darf man gespannt sein.
Norbert Hornig, FonoForum, November 2009

David Aaron Carpenter on nuori tähtialttoviulisti, jolla on täydellinen tekniikka, vivahteikas sointi ja vahva sisäinen palo.
Lauri Kilpiö, Suomen Kuvalehti, 9.10.2009

Spellbinding (...) stunning debut (...) extraordinarily moving (...) eloquent performance.

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3, October 3, 2009, CD of the Week

Carpenter gives a commandingly articulate display (of the Elgar Concerto), and the Philharmonia are on immaculately scrubbed form under Christoph Eschenbach's thoughtful lead. (In the Schnittke Concerto) Carpenter plays with superlative assurance and magnetic conviction (...). An impressive and bold debut.

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, October 2009, Editor's Choice

Carpenter soittaa leikiten ja kirkkaasti virtuoosikohdat, joissa kuulija saa pelätä parhaidenkin sellistien puolesta. Tulkinnallisesti Carpenter on kypsä, elegantti ja voimakas. (...) Jo tämän levyn perusteella voin sanoa, että David Aaron Carpenter päihittää vanhat gurut Bashmetin ja Kashkashianin tulkinnan vilpittömyydellä ja soinnin yhtenäisyydellä. Komean debyytin.
Kare Eskola, YLE Radio 1, 3.9.09

Weitgefächerter Orchesterklang, gute Dynamik, ausgewogene Klangproportionen und ein berückender Ton des Solisten garantieren eine überzeugende Darstellung.

Hartmut Lück,, 3. September 2009

David Aaron Carpenter (...) demonstrates a phenomenal technique - and more importantly, a rich and penetrating tone (...). Carpenter realises the concerto's bold personality with trenchant insight and self-belief.
The Scotsman, August 31, 2009

(...) brilliant recorded debut (...) a powerful, beautifully detailed, intimate account, intensifying the already notable vox humana quality of the (Elgar Concerto). (...) a searching, desolately heartfelt reading (of the Schnittke Concerto).
Paul Driver, The Times, August 30, 2009

If there's such a thing as an overnight-star violist, it's David Aaron Carpenter. (...) he makes an excellent case for the viola version of Elgar's concerto (...). Carpenter is in a league with the best (...). Much credit is no doubt to Christoph Eschenbach, who has recorded lots of Schnittke concertos with great conviction.
David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 2009

(...) larger-than-life playing.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, August 21, 2009

Viola players like to think that their instrument is a violin with a university education. But is has been much neglected for solo performances. Carpenter redresses the balance with a superb reading of Elgar's Cello Concerto. The deep warmth of his tone is exceptional, in the adagio especially. An added bonus is Schnittke's lively Viola Concerto.
Robert Spellman, Daily Express, August 21, 2009


Complete description

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23-year-old violist David Aaron Carpenter has recently emerged as one of the world's most promising young talents. This recording, his debut album, couples two concertos: a viola arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar's famous Cello Concerto and the Viola Concerto (1985) by Alfred Schnittke. Christoph Eschenbach leads the Philharmonia Orchestra. David Aaron Carpenter adapted much of the Elgar Concerto himself, using the well-known and Elgar-sanctioned arrangement completed by Lionel Tertis in 1930 as a basis.

Since making his orchestral debut in 2005 with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, David Aaron Carpenter has been performing with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. In 2006, he won the the prestigious Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition. In 2007, he became the first American and so far the youngest protégé for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and the protégé of world-renowned violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman. He was chosen among an international selection that included every violinist and violist of his generation.

David Aaron Carpenter has been acclaimed as producing, "a seductively rich sound and demonstrating both a forceful interpretive personality and remarkable control of his instrument," (The New York Times) and, "whose beautiful modulated tone makes a striking impression." (The Strad)

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