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Viola Recital: Stumm, Jennifer - ROLLA, A.: Viola Sonatas / Duetto / Esercizi (Capricci)

Composer(s):Rolla, Alessandro
Artist(s) Shih, Connie, piano • Stumm, Jennifer, viola • Ferschtman, Liza, violin
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572010
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Alessandro Rolla enjoyed a considerable reputation as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer during his lifetime, and is now best remembered as a teacher of Paganini (with whom he performed in concert). Rolla’s contributions to the viola repertoire recommend him to our attention for their melodiousness, Italianate brio and charm. The winner of three major international competitions, and hailed by The Washington Post for the ‘opal-like beauty’ and ‘phosphorescent energy’ of her playing, young American violist Jennifer Stumm is internationally recognised as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument.


Rolla & Stumm make a great pair
Review By RM101734,March 2011

This was an impulse buy because I had never heard of Rolla and being a teacher and co-performer with Paganini, I was interested. The music is not as virtuosic as Paganini but very accessible and good fun. The playing is impeccable and the whole disc very good value for money. Get one!

Review By Giv Cornfield, The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2011

My lifelong immersion in classical music has made me curious about composers I had never heard of—Rolla being a case in point. No pun intended, but I was not disappointed (that too happens…) One has to really look hard to find any mention of Rolla in the catalogues, where only his son Antonio has a few lines, and under Rolla, the sole entry in Baker’s is extra-brief: Rolla, Antonio: Italian violinist, son of Alessandro Rolla (1798–1837). He studied with his father, was concertmaster of the Italian Opera Co. Orchestra, and composed a number of violin pieces. Well, this CD was a pleasant surprise! Rolla Sr was Paganini’s teacher, no less! Listening to Paganini’s smaller-scale chamber works, Rolla’s influence is



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