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Album Title:Bloch, Glinka, Bowen: Viola Works
Artist:Vivian Fan
Performers:Bradley Parrimore, Matthew Cohen, Uzeyir Mahmudbayli
Item Code:ALBUM-1000724
Label:Soundset Recordings
Performance Type:   Studio Recording
Sub-Genre:Chamber Music, Viola


This is one of the more unusual releases I have had to review. All of the works here are for viola and piano, but the only performer to play all three works is the pianist, Vivian Fan, an instructor at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Bradley Parrimore plays the Bloch, Uzeyir Makhmudbayli the Glinka, and Matthew Cohen the Bowen. Parrimore is a young African-American violist who is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Makhmudbayli is a young Azerbaijanian violist who is currently studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory, and Matthew Cohen studies at Juilliard with Heidi Castleman and Cynthia Phelps. This appears to be a showcase for the talents of these three up-and-coming violists.

The most striking work here is the Bloch, and Bradley Parrimore makes the strongest impression on me of the three violists. This may be partly because the Bloch makes the strongest impression on me of the three works. The Glinka is the least interesting work, and Makhmudbayli makes the weakest impression on me, possibly because of his choice of music. Matthew Cohen comes across better, and the Bowen is a lovely work. We have three fine young violists here, none with any weaknesses
that I could notice. I would like to hear all three in separate, complete recitals.
- MAGIL (American Record Guide)