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