FRANK EZRA LEVY (1930-2017): Viola Concerto No. 2, Concerto No. 6 for Piano, String Orchestra and Timpani, Divertimenti for Viola, Piano and String Orchestra and for Clarinet, Strings and Piano, Dialogue for Cor anglais and Strings.

Catalogue Number: 08U049

Label: Guild

Reference: GMCD 7809

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Levy was the son of Swiss composer Ernst Levy (remember those releases of Ernst’s works by the Opus One label with their day-glo neon-colored pop-tart-box-cardboard folding sleeves from back in the 90s and early 00s?). Well, Sonny was a lot more approachable than Dad if these works (all from 2013-16) are anything to go by. This is plain 20th-century neo-classicism both in form (the Divertimenti have six movements each, as often in the late 18th century) and in content (although a few seconds of atonality as seasoning will pop up rarely). And it has a moderately dark personality - not Prokofiev of the Classical Symphony but rather Bloch, Honegger and Martinu. Really worth your while if you like the genre. Hana Gubenko (viola), Barbara Jost (cor anglais), Andreas Ramseier (clarinet), Timon Altwegg (piano), Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse; Gilles Colliard.

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