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by Scott Slapin, viola

This Eroica CD is a collector's item, featuring Scott Slapin, viola, in his second complete recording of these works.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Disc One of Two Discs: J.S. Bach / Sonata No. 1 Adagio
4:37 $0.99
2. Fugue
4:40 $0.99
3. Siciliano
3:21 $0.99
4. Presto
2:01 $0.99
5. Partita No. 1: Allemande
3:12 $0.99
6. Double
1:35 $0.99
7. Courante
1:39 $0.99
8. Double
1:58 $0.99
9. Sarabande
1:59 $0.99
10. Double
1:36 $0.99
11. Bouree
1:42 $0.99
12. Double
1:57 $0.99
13. Sonata No. 2: Grave
4:18 $0.99
14. Fugue
6:34 $0.99
15. Andante
3:36 $0.99
16. Allegro
3:07 $0.99
17. Disc Two: J.S. Bach / Partita No. 2 Allamande
3:24 $0.99
18. Courante
1:44 $0.99
19. Sarabande
2:40 $0.99
20. Gigue
2:57 $0.99
21. Chaconne
13:05 $2.99
22. Sonata No. 3 Adagio
4:37 $0.99
23. Fugue
8:45 $0.99
24. Largo
3:19 $0.99
25. Allegro Assai
2:29 $0.99
26. Partita No. 3 Prelude
3:31 $0.99
27. Loure
2:13 $0.99
28. Gavotte and Rondo
3:03 $0.99
29. Minuets 1 and 2
2:27 $0.99
30. Bouree
0:45 $0.99
31. Gigue
1:09 $0.99
32. Partita BWV1013 / Allemande
2:06 $0.99
33. Courante
2:05 $0.99
34. Sarabande
2:11 $0.99
35. Bouree Anglaise
1:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Slapin's set is full of delights. The Siciliano from Sonata 1 has a greater range of emotions than we often hear -- and they sound authentic, discovered, not imposed by the interpreter...I'm happy to say that Slapin really puts on a show in the Chaconne. He is never vulgar or exhibitionist, but when it's time to turn up the heat, he knows what to do. Slapin is a real virtuoso on his instrument, and the listener is never asked to make allowances for its relative size or unwieldiness. Any nuances or tenutos he introduces into the music are matters of interpretation, not accommodation." - The American Record Guide (Magill, July 2007)

"These recordings are extremely attractive in every way...warm and romantic in spirit, yet very aristocratically performed without mannerism or indulgence. The tone quality is superb, full of variety, and the phrasings full of nuance and sensitivity. I feel that Scott has his own authentic take on these masterpieces of polyphony. I would recommend these recordings wholeheartedly, not just to violists, but to violinists and cellists." - The Canadian Viola Society Newsletter (Julian Fisher, Spring 2007)

"As a violist, Slapin has an incredibly deft technique and a full, lovely sound. His interpretation is both sensitive and energetic...this is quite an exceptional recording." - The All Music Guide (Mike D. Brownell, February 2007)

Myron Rosenblum, founder and first president of the American Viola Society wrote, "Scott Slapin is a musician of great talent and abilities - a violist of technical accomplishments and superior musicality. He is a violist to watch."

Virtuoso double bassist Gary Karr wrote of Scott's playing and composing, "He has a beautiful sound with a compelling musical intensity, and he plays with a passion that demands one's attention. I especially liked his own pieces which, like his playing, are rich in emotional energy.... a very impressive display of artistry and musicality."

Visit his website at www.scottslapin.com

An Interview with Scott Slapin

Eroica: How did you begin creating music?

Scott: I began playing at the age of six. My mother made me(!) My parents (and many other relatives) are musicians.

I began to compose on my own around the age of eleven or so. For me it was maybe around the age of fourteen that I didn't need to be forced to practice the viola anymore. Ever since then I haven't been able to stop.

E: What musician or musicians have inspired you the most?

S: In person and on record: Emanuel Vardi and Gary Karr. On record: Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh and William Primrose. This is the abridged list, of course.

E: How about other artists or authors?

S: The list would really be too long. . . perhaps I should mention Philip Roth's novels and Don Byron playing Klezmer music.

E: What do you want your music to communicate?

S: This of course depends upon the piece....In general, though, there is always a certain mood/emotion I am trying to impart to the listener. This could be anything ranging from the very profound and spiritual (The Bach Sonatas and Partitas for example) to the dramatic and emotional (Bloch's Prayer), to the absolutely silly and ridiculous (Ernst's Last Rose Variations on viola--or my own The Hassid and The Hayseed which combines Americana and Jewish folk music.)

Regarding the Ernst Variations on the Last Rose which is one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the violin, a couple people have said to me, "You know, that piece isn't really suited to the viola."

I then respond, "That's the whole point!"

Actually, it's not really suited to the violin either, but it's definitely not suited to the viola. What's fun about it is that it is a bunch of circus-like stunts on a simple tune which should shock and astound the audience and make them laugh a bit. (I feel that way about some of the Paganini Caprices on the viola as well.) I think some don't 'get it' because they expect everything only to be serious.

Classical music can (and should) convey the same range of emotions that are present in any other genre of music--and that are present in life (including even having a sense of humor at times).

Feel free to visit my website at: www.scottslapin.com and read all about it!



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