WILLIAM FLACKTON (1709-1798): Sonatas for Viola and Continuo, Op. 2, Nos. 4 in C, 5 in D, 6 in G & 8 in C Minor, CARL FRIEDRICH ABEL (1723-1787): Sonata in C, WKO184, GEORGE FRIEDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Sonata in G Minor, HWV 364A.
Catalogue Number: 03M028
Label: MSR Classics
Reference: MS 1379
Description: An amateur composer, Flackton published his viola sonatas in 1770. Although they are very old-fashioned for the period (really, they're late baroque in style), they show considerable expressive power and individuality of utterance and, of course, they're extremely rare examples of music from the period for the viola (or, as Flackton called it, the "tenor violin"). Kathryn Steely (viola), Vincent de Vries (harpsichord), Adrenne Steely (cello).