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Published on Oct 24, 2016
Alfred Hill Viola Concerto performed by Ellie Harrison (Viola), John Curro (conductor) and the Queensland Youth Symphony (2014)
Alfred Hill: Viola Concerto (1940) I Moderato II Andantino III Decisivo Alfred Hill (1869-1960) was a leading figure and pioneer in Australasia throughout his lifetime as a composer, conductor, violinist and violist. Hill’s Viola Concerto is particularly significant as it is once of the very few romantic concertos written for viola. The concerto has three movements - Moderato, Andantino and Finale. It is in turn highly lyrical, virtuosic and deeply felt, exploring many beautiful qualities of the viola. There is a surprise in the third movement when Ellie plays her own cadenza. This is a very charming and rewarding concerto for performers and listeners alike and a hidden treasure for all viola players.