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Sonata-Poème for solo viola [1987]

Michael Kugel (b. 1946)

Composer
Michael Kugel (b. 1946)
Composition Year
1987
Artists
Dana Zemtsov [viola]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Michael Kugel is a Russian viola virtuoso, who moved to Belgium in 1996. He is also renowned as a teacher and Dana Zemtsov studied with him. He has enriched the viola repertoire with numerous transcriptions and a number of original works. His Sonata-Poème is a one-movement power play that throbs with dark energy driven forward by the motto theme announced in the first bars - a potent demonstration of the range and power and colour of his instrument. There are places where the double-stopping is so perfectly tuned, so varied in colour and with such considerable distances in the intervals between the notes that you will look around to see where the orchestra is hidden. 

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Sonata-Poème for solo viola [1987]

Composer: Michael Kugel (b. 1946)
Performance date: Sunday 2nd July 2017
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Michael Kugel (b. 1946)
Work Title Sonata-Poème for solo viola [1987]
Composition Year 1987
Language English
Artist(s) Dana Zemtsov [viola]
Performance Date Sunday 2nd July 2017
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Crespo Series
Duration 00:10:20
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Solo
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Michael Kugel is a Russian viola virtuoso, who moved to Belgium in 1996. He is also renowned as a teacher and Dana Zemtsov studied with him. He has enriched the viola repertoire with numerous transcriptions and a number of original works. His Sonata-Poème is a one-movement power play that throbs with dark energy driven forward by the motto theme announced in the first bars - a potent demonstration of the range and power and colour of his instrument. There are places where the double-stopping is so perfectly tuned, so varied in colour and with such considerable distances in the intervals between the notes that you will look around to see where the orchestra is hidden.