J.S. Bach - Six Cello Suites performed on viola, Ashmont 6100 2CDs
Disc 1 - Suites 1,2,3, BWV 1007-1009
Disc 2 - Suites 4,5,6, BWV 1010-1012
After study and comparison of facsimiles of the Anna Magdalena Bach, Kellner and two later eighteenth century manuscripts, as well as the first published edition of these suites, Patricia McCarty has devised bowings to convey much of the intent of the early manuscripts within the context of the modern viola and bow. All repeats are performed, many with ornamentation, for which critics internationally have praised Ms. McCarty's performance of other Baroque repertoire for its "embroidery and poetry." Suite VI is performed in the original key of D major rather than the often done transcription to G. All suites are performed in the natural acoustic of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.
"McCarty sculpts Bach's forms with the fine, blue-flamed torch of her mind ... If I were to compare McCarty's readings of the cello suites to one recording of the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, I would point to the refinement and aplomb of Arthur Grumiaux."
Strad Selection Recital disc
"McCarty captures unerringly the various dance styles and the different tonalities; even the E flat Suite, notoriously difficult to bring off, shines triumphantly through all those flats thanks to her unfailing intonation. The whole performance of the D major Suite is a tour de force ... excellent venue producing sound of the in-the-room-with-you kind."
Telemann - Twelve Fantasias, (originally for violin) performed on viola, Ashmont 9306
"Using a modern set-up, she plays in a historically aware way, with sparing use of vibrato and ideal clarity of articulation ... the recording is warm and welcoming."
"... she just dances through these little gems - what McCarty describes in her notes as 'clever little puzzles of both composition and execution' - not only as if she owns them, but leaving no doubt that she really loves playing them! It's simply great music-making complemented by ideal sound. A terrific disc!"
Schubert - Beethoven
"Patricia McCarty's warmly dark viola tone and smoothly accurate playing seem just right for this lovely music [Arpeggione Sonata], and the piano, when played with the sensitivity and accuracy displayed by Martin Amlin, remains not only the original but the best collaborating instrument. These artists demonstrate that the Beethoven Romances for Violin and Orchestra can sound very fine when lovingly played by viola and piano. Finally, they make an excellent divertissement from a rarely heard Notturno, an expert transcription of Beethoven's Serenade in D for String Trio, op. 8." FANFARE
"Today Schubert's lovely piece is performed by both cellists and violists, and McCarty's effort goes down as perhaps the warmest and sweetest sounding ... her tone is gorgeous, her command of the instrument impressive, and her well-practiced interaction with Amlin a pleasure to hear. The Beethoven selections are charmers, especially the famous Romance in G, and McCarty makes the most of every phrase. The Notturno gives the violist lots of good tunes and opportunities for showing off, and McCarty really convinces us with her range of subtle expressive tricks and turn-on-a-dime technical prowess."
Brahms - Sonatas, Op. 120; Schumann - Marchenbilder, Op. 113, Ashmont 8604
"In works that embody the traits we love in German romanticism, violist Patricia McCarty and pianist Martin Amlin give affectionate, idiomatic accounts of Brahms' Sonatas and Schumann's Märchenbilder."
ATLANTA AUDIO SOCIETY
"These are interpretations of great beauty and most intelligent musicality, always within the framework of a beautiful sound, fine intonation and solid technique ... Very highly recommended."
NEW YORK VIOLA SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
Keith Jarrett - Bridge of Light, ECM New Series 1450
Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra, Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra, Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra, Sonata for Violin and Piano
Patricia McCarty, viola Keith Jarrett, piano
Michelle Makarski, violin Marcia Butler, oboe
The Fairfield Orchestra, Thomas Crawford, conductor
"Rather than suggest new directions for 20th century music, Jarrett aims for the heart." STEREOPHILE
Charles Martin Loeffler - Songs, Northeastern LP
This is a vinyl LP. Please contact us for purchase information.
D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano
Patricia McCarty, viola
Virginia Eskin, piano
"The viola songs find McCarty playing with unusual finesse and exercise of imagination." BOSTON GLOBE
Fuchs, Joachim, Dvorak
Composers befriended and encouraged by Brahms -
Robert Fuchs - Viola Sonata, Op. 86 & Sechs Phantasiestucke
Joseph Joachim - Variations on an original theme, Op. 10
Dvorak - Romance, Op. 11 (viola transcription)
"Patricia McCarty is a stylish performer who uses the beautifully dark tone of her viola to characterise the music to its best advantage. She and Eric Larsen achieve some moments of breathtaking beauty that are all the more convincing for the viola not being unduly spotlit."
"Fine performances...viola lovers yet to encounter Fuchs might usefully discover this disc."
Harrison, Bliss, Benjamin Sonatas for Viola & Piano
Sonatas for viola and piano composed 1933-1945 by Julius Harrison, Arthur Bliss and Arthur Benjamin - composers whose early careers were interrupted by military service to Britain during World War I.
"a superb performance from these highly gifted American musicians...The inherent understanding of Patricia McCarty and Eric Larsen and their spot-on choice of tempos are much to be admired...This is a most worthwhile and musically valuable recording all round."
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
"McCarty's nut-brown tone is wonderfully suited to this mostly melancholic music, and in close partnership with Eric Larsen she has produced benchmark readings of three important works from the mid-twentieth century."
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VIOLA SOCIETY
"For both of these works [Benjamin & Bliss], the violist Patricia McCarty has 'technique to burn' and her immense virtuosity is always placed at the service of the music. However, the real discovery and treasure is to be found in English composer Julius Harrison's Sonata in C minor (1945) - a very beautiful but neglected work...It is exquisite music, exquisitely played with a very warm sound. The interpretation of all the works is most imaginative, sensitive and musically very expressive. Eric Larsen's playing rounds out superb ensemble performances. Very highly recommended."
(Journal of the Australian String Teachers Association)
"This music is very demanding for the violist, and McCarty does an admirable job of scaling (literally, in many cases) passages that extend through all ranges of the instrument at speeds most violists prefer not to travel. My favorite movement is a fast and furious furiant [Bliss Sonata] that McCarty plays at full speed, at full volume, and with full precision.It is extremely impressive.
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
New CD released on the Equilibrium label featuring the music of American composer George Balch Wilson includes Patricia McCarty's performance of his Sonata for Viola and Piano, with the late William Doppmann.
The Lake Champlain Weekly, Dec. 25, 2013 issue, features Benjamin Pomerance's interview with Patricia McCarty, The Strings Less Traveled.
New CD of sonatas by Julius Harrison, Arthur Bliss & Arthur Benjamin with pianist Eric Larsen now available. To hear a clip and/or to order the CD or downloads, click on the links at bottom of CD column (left).
April 2013 Strad magazine review cites "moments of breathtaking beauty" in Patricia McCarty's new CD of works by Fuchs, Joachim & Dvorak with pianist Eric Larsen. To hear a clip and/or to order the CD or downloads, click on the links at bottom of CD column (left).
The Foundation for Advancement of String Education has awarded the Meadowmount School of Music a grant to fund scholarships for Ms. McCarty's viola studio. For application information, visit www.meadowmount.com.
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Brahms Sonata No. 2 in Eb
performance with pianist Cary Lewis
Bartok Roumanian Dances
performed with pianist Eric Larsen at the Boston Conservatory, Feb. 6, 2011
performed with pianist Dmitri Vorobiev at University of Northern Iowa, Nov. 4, 2011.
Beethoven Romance in F Major
performed with pianist Dmitri Vorobiev
Elgar Salut d'Amour
performed with pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, Nov. 4, 2011, at University of Northern Iowa.
Meditation from Thais
with Bijou Orchestra of Bay City, MI, Leo Najar, conductor
Reger Suite III
4th movement of Suite III in E Minor by Max Reger
Harrison Sonata, mvt. 2
with pianist Eric Larsen, 2nd movement of Sonata by Julius Harrison