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Still life

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Still life / Patricia Pollett, viola.

  • Published by Tall Poppies — 2003 [TP162] — 1 CD (73 min.)
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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDurationMP3
From a quiet place (1997) three pieces for viola and piano
Recorded/performed at: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, on Jul 99.
Betty Beath Betty Beath, Colin Spiers 15 mins, 42 sec. Buy as MP3
The room of the saints (1995) — duos: percussion, violin
Recorded/performed at: Studio 200, ABC Sydney, on Jul 00.
Gerard Brophy Daryl Pratt, Patricia Pollett 3 mins, 34 sec. Buy as MP3
Flux (1995) for viola solo
Recorded/performed at: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, on Jul 99.
Stephen Cronin Patricia Pollett 5 mins, 10 sec. Buy as MP3
Lento (1997) for viola and piano
Recorded/performed at: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, on Jul 99.
Robert Davidson Colin Spiers, Patricia Pollett 8 mins, 1 sec. Buy as MP3
Swansong (1987) for solo viola
Recorded/performed at: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, on Jul 99.
Andrew Ford Patricia Pollett 9 mins, 34 sec. Buy as MP3
Still life (2001) for viola with piano
Recorded/performed at: Queensland Conservatorium of Music Concert Hall, Brisbane., on 3 Mar 03.
Elena Kats-Chernin Stephen Emmerson, Patricia Pollett 23 mins, 13 sec. Buy as MP3
Postcards from France (1991) — duos: clarinet, viola
Recorded/performed at: Studio 200, ABC Sydney, on Jul 00.
Nigel Sabin Patricia Pollett, Philippa Robinson 6 mins, 44 sec. Buy as MP3
Threnody for viola solo
Recorded/performed at: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, on Jul 99.
Peter Sculthorpe Patricia Pollett 7 mins, 15 sec. Buy as MP3
Dawn lament (1999) for viola solo
Recorded/performed at: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, on Oct 02.
Paul Stanhope Patricia Pollett 3 mins, 50 sec. Buy as MP3

Product details

Patricia Pollett: viola
Stephen Emmerson: piano
Daryl Pratt: percussion
Philipa Robinson: clarinet
Colin Spiers: piano

This is the third solo viola CD released by Tall Poppies, bringing to three the number of solo viola CDs ever released in Australia. Patricia Pollett is widely regarded as one of Australia's most talented musicians, and the violist who has done the most to encourage composers to write for the instrument. Almost all the works presented in Still Life were written especially for Patricia, who brings a palpable expressive emotion to her work.

The CD is titled after Elena Kats-Chernin's six-part Still Life, an intimate series of studies for viola and piano in which Pollett is accompanied by Brisbane pianist Stephen Emmerson. In Davidson's Lento, she is partnered by Newcastle pianist Colin Spiers who used to be her colleague in the ensemble, Perihelion. He also accompanies her in three mood pieces From a Quiet Place by Brisbane composer Betty Beath. The CD also includes a spirited miniature, The Room of the Saints, by Gerard Brophy in which Daryl Pratt, playing darabuka, gives an exotic rhythmic feel. The remaining works are unaccompanied: Peter Sculthorpe's Threnody, originally written for cello, works brilliantly for viola; Andrew Ford's Swansong gives the viola an strenuous workout, calling for every ounce of Pollett's virtuosity; Stephen Cronin's Flux is a showcase of the harmonic notes possible on the instrument. Nigel Sabin, once Perihelion's clarinettist, has contributed two travel commentaries for viola and clarinet, gently rollicking works in which Pollett is partnered by Philippa Robinson, the current clarinettist with Perihelion.

Duration: 73 min.

Liner notes include programme notes, notes on the composers and performer.


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