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Flackton/Handel/Abel: Viola Sonatas

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This CD features a collection of sonatas including some of the earliest English music written specifically for the viola. The first four works were composed by William Flackton (1709-1798) of Canterbury, an accomplished organist, violinist and music publisher. He served as a principal organizer of public concerts in Canterbury through much of his life. However, his most enduring accomplishment was the publication of the opus 2 viola sonatas, works that are likely the first English sonatas written specifically for that instrument. Flackton's Opus 2 was first published in 1770 and was apparently well received. In 1776, Flackton followed with a second edition including a supplement containing two additional sonatas, one for cello and one for viola. His specific goal was to bring attention to the viola as a solo instrument, to shew that instrument in a more conspicuous manner.

The sonatas by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) provide additional examples of duo sonatas in the popular style of the time, featuring a solo instrument and violoncello or keyboard instrument. While most players exploring this repertoire may have limited access to the use of a harpsichord, the combination of modern viola and harpsichord is one that provides fresh clarity and enlivens the texture of these charming works.

Kathryn Steely is Professor of Viola at Baylor University and received Baylor University s Outstanding Professor Award in 2007. Prior to her appointment at Baylor, Dr. Steely was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida. She is a frequent recitalist and avid chamber musician and has performed as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Baylor University Wind Ensemble, Baylor Symphony. Steely has also performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, Akron Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Symphony and as principal violist with the Rockford and Waco Symphonies. Among other engagements, she served on the jury of the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and as a featured master class presenter at the 2004 and 2009 American String Teacher's Association National Conventions. She plays on a 2006 viola by Alan and Sarah Balmforth and is joined in the Abel Sonata by her daughter, cellist Adrienne Steely.

Vincent de Vries is an active performer, presenting recitals as a collaborative artist, soloist, duo pianist and organist. Prior to his appointment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, he served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Collaborative Piano at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. De Vries has won awards in several competitions, including first prize in National Young Artist Competition in the Netherlands and first prize in the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition at UT-Austin. In addition to his piano performances, de Vries is a highly regarded concert organist, having performed more than 300 solo recitals and having recorded six solo CDs. For his contributions to French organ literature, he received the silver medal from Paris Arts, Sciences et Lettres in 2010.

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Product details

  • Performer: Kathryn Steely, Vincent DeVries, Adrienne Steely
  • Composer: Carl Friedrich Abel, William Flackton, George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 17, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MSR Classics
  • ASIN: B004CZKODC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,257 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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