Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Walton: Viola Concerto - Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending / Keulen, NDR Philharmonic
Full marks for this well-conceived program, which brings together two works closely related but rarely coupled. Van Keulen plays the Prokofiev with a shiny, rather glassy (rather than glossy) tone. No reservations are needed for the Walton, whose introverted yet deep running emotion well suits van Keulen’s way with the husky-toned viola she plays. Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson finds an ideal balance of restraint and (in the scherzo) extroversion.
– BBC Music Magazine
Catalog Number: CC 72793
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sergei Prokofiev, Sir William Walton
Conductor: Andrew Litton, Andrew Manze, Keri-Lynn Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Hannover)
Performer: Isabelle van Keulen