Robin Ireland Viola

Head of Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, he was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet for twenty years till it disbanded in 2005. Since then he has developed his career as a soloist, guest-led the viola sections of major UK orchestras, worked as a freelance chamber musician and become a highly respected teacher.

Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano
Schubert: Arpeggione – Sonata

After a thirty year love-affair with the Brahms Sonatas and the Arpeggione Sonata of Schubert, Robin decided to record them with Tim. It was a happy occasion, a ‘live’ recording backed up by a recording of the rehearsal. All three pieces are ‘late’ works from the two composers, outpourings of their mature genius. Although they were not conceived for the viola, they have become so firmly appropriated as to be considered the greatest works for that instrument.

Music played by Robin Ireland (viola) & Tim Horton (piano); Produced by Nimbus Records (Wyastone Estate Limited), 2012. Buy online at Nimbus RecordsApple Music.
Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1 (arr. for Viola and Piano)
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Andante un poco Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Vivace
Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 (arr. for Viola and Piano)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2 (arr. for Viola and Piano)
I. Allegro amaible
II. Appassinato, ma non troppo – Allegro
III. Andante con moto

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