Celebrated American composer Quincy Porter (1897-1966) developed a unique music style and sound as a result of his studies in France with Andre Caplet and Vincent d'Indy, and in New York with Ernest Bloch. Porter's music has a singing quality, possessing genuine rhythmic verve and is always fresh, spontaneous, independent, intellectual, and at the same time emotionally vital. Howard Hanson, stated that 'Porter's strings weave golden strands of melody, and his harmonies re-create for the ear of the listener the spirit of beauty.' As a violist, Porter created for his instrument an important, enduring, and stimulating body of musical literature. For the very first time, all of Porter's works for viola have been recorded and are available on this disc. Performed by Cleveland Orchestra Violist Eliesha Nelson, in collaboration with Grammy® winner John McLaughlin Williams, and San Francisco Symphony Principal Harpist Douglas Rioth, this recording is a must for anyone interested in the repertoire of the viola or American music.

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CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: I. Adagio
Quincy Porter 3:26
2 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: II. Allegro
Quincy Porter 4:47
3 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: III. Largo
Quincy Porter 6:25
4 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: IV. Allegro giusto
Quincy Porter 5:41
5 Speed Etude
Quincy Porter 2:29
6 Duo for Viola and Harp
Quincy Porter 10:16
7 Suite for Viola Alone: I. Lento
Quincy Porter 1:59
8 Suite for Viola Alone: II. Allegro furioso
Quincy Porter 1:54
9 Suite for Viola Alone: III. Larghetto espressivo
Quincy Porter 2:34
10 Suite for Viola Alone: IV. Allegro spirituoso
Quincy Porter 1:23
11 Blues Lointains for Viola and Piano
Quincy Porter 6:46
12 Poem for Viola and Piano
Quincy Porter 4:31
13 Duo for Viola and Harpsichord
Quincy Porter 10:11
14 Duo for Violin and Viola: I. Allegretto
Quincy Porter 4:50
15 Duo for Violin and Viola: II. Lento
Quincy Porter 3:51
16 Duo for Violin and Viola: III. Allegro molto
Quincy Porter 3:04