Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 247 (1953)

Recorded in December 1963
Abraham Borenstein, Viola
George Singer, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Viola

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,2,2-2,2,2,1-timp+3-str

Duration: 23 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

The Concerto for Viola and Orchestra demonstrates Marc Lavry’s unique understanding of the characteristics of the Viola and features musical themes that were synonymous with his work:

  • Allegro: features the deep yet strong sound of the viola
  • Andante: incorporates the beautiful and lyrical quality of the viola into an intimate prayer-like music
  • Allegro Moderato: is rhythmically complex, humorous, and demonstrates the percussive yet virtuosic quality of the viola.

Both the second and the third movements are based on themes from Lavry’s own repertoire, a common practice of the composer.

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