OUT NOW | Violist VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman’s New CD: ‘Ascent’ [LISTEN]

Cedille Records has announced the release of American violist, VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman's new album: 'Ascent'


Cedille Records has this week announced the release of American violist, VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman‘s new album: Ascent.

Recorded with pianist Henry Kramer, the disc features York Bowen’s Phantasy, Schumann’s Märchenbilder and Garth Knox’s Fuga Libre – plus the world premiere recordings of Clarice Assad’s newly commission Metamorfose, Shostakovich’s recently discovered Impromptu for viola and piano – and a new viola arrangement of Franz Waxman’s virtuosic Carmen Fantasie.

“A few years ago, I really wanted to commission a new piece for viola and piano … at the time I was touring with a fantasy themed recital program, so when I approached composer Clarice Assad, I asked her to write something in that style …” Matthew has told The Violin Channel.

“Her gorgeous piece Metamorfose was the catalyst for this album … I titled it Ascent because many of the selections allude directly to flying, and because I love how fantasy pieces soar freely through characters and emotions,” he has said.

“I’m excited for listeners to hear several intriguing new pieces in tandem with some heavy-hitting favorites.”



Matthew Lipman, Viola

Henry Kramer, Piano

Label: Cedille Records

Release Date: February 8, 2019