Recommended Recording: Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works

We’ve decided to launch a monthly recommended recording segment in 2011. Each month we’ll feature a rockin’ classical recording selected especially for our Salon97 peeps. So without further ado, our first monthly pick!

Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works
Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works

Oh, so you’ve never heard of Quincy Porter. He was a super awesome American composer and was featured as a Salon97 Composer of the Week over the summer. Check it out!

So now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to the recording. This fantastic album presents Porter’s rarely-heard complete viola works. Eliesha Nelson is a fantastic violist who is joined by violinist, pianist, conductor extraordinaire John McLaughlin Williams. Each piece on the album is a joy to listen to and is wonderfully executed. It’s always a treat to hear such talented musicians perform, and all the better when they’re performing amazing works that have been heard by so few.

Also! This album has received nominations in four categories for the upcoming 2011 GRAMMY Awards. The artists are surely deserving of each one of these awards. We’ll have our fingers crossed!

Could we say a lot more about this amazing record? Yes. Lots. But please, just go listen. It’s incredible! Get a sneak peek with the videos below.

Musical style: romantic, impressionistic, melodic

When to listen: On a sunny weekend afternoon after a leisurely stroll in the park

Salon97 two word review: beautifully lush

Here’s a music video from the album! Blues Lointains for Viola and Piano:

And a Q&A with Eliesha and John:

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