ENGLISH DE­LIGHT

Adrien La Marca (vi­ola), Thomas Hoppe (pi­ano)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

La Dolce Volta LDV 22

French vi­ola-player Adrien La Marca, named Révéla­tion soliste in­stru­men­tal de l’an­née at the French Min­istry of Cul­ture’s Vic­toires de la Musique in 2014, has cho­sen an all-English pro­gramme for what he calls “re­ally my first pro­fes­sional disc”. His play­ing shows stylish poise and his taste is broad­rang­ing. He sand­wiches Brit­ten’s Lachry­mae be­tween the Dow­land which in­spired it and two pieces by Brit­ten’s teacher, Frank Bridge. Jonathan Har­vey’s mi­cro­tonal Chant rubs shoul­ders with Vaughan Williams’s Stud­ies in English Folk­song. The most sub­stan­tial work in this sen­si­tive recital – Thomas Hoppe is a hand-in-glove part­ner – is Re­becca Clarke’s im­pos­ing but still un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated Vi­ola Sonata of 1919. url.ie/zj4k

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