MIKLÓS RÓZSA Viola Concerto
Paul Silverthorne - Viola
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Sedares - Conductor
Koch International Classics 3-7304-2 H1
Classical Net Review|
Paul Silverthorne stands out as one of the best I've heard, recalling and even effacing the memory of such greats as Doktor, Benyamini and Primrose. The tone is rich and the playing supremely dramatic, most violists simply don't take the spotlight like this.
The Viola Concerto, a première recording, features London Symphony Orchestra principal in a ravishing performance that captures the freshness of Rózsa's Indian summer of music making. Silverthorne's sound is big, matching Rózsa's conception of the instrument as the dramatic baritone of the string section.
...a wonderful interpretation of the viola concerto. Silverthorne more than meets the challenge of Rózsa's often vigorous statements. I feel that Silverthorne's sensitive and soulful execution would have pleased (Rózsa) mightily.
Royal S. Brown
The Soundtrack (USA)|
An exquisite performance... bristling with the brooding melancholy that runs through his film noir scores. With a dynamic performance by Paul Silverthorne on the viola.
The Strad (UK)|
Paul Silverthorne is equally impressive in the viola concerto; abreast of the mellow long lines and bristling scherzo writing alike, he offers a beautiful reading...
Paul Silverthorne gives a wonderful performance of Rózsa's viola concerto.