Rosalind Ventris | Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers Review
by Illiam Sebitz
Rosalind Ventris is releasing her debut solo viola album featuring women composers of standing contemporary and twenth-centrury works called Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers. The project began during Covid-19, and Ventris started to explore solo viola works.
Ventris gravitated to a diverse set of loosely nature-inspired works, which she recorded as a group on Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers. This recording marks world premieres for some of the pieces, and besides getting to know Ventris as a soloist, a classical music lover will enjoy getting to know these uncommon works.
Thea Musgrave’s lyrical composition “In the Still of the Night” captures the mood and intimacy of a day’s end. Ventris projects emotions of reflection and calm, balanced with excitement and the anticipation of the coming new day. One will undoubtedly notice Ventri’s command of tone, and though she varies it to match the music’s mood, it is always warm and inviting.
On a reflective note, composer Amanda Feery provided a romantic, ethereal composition that shows strength in sustained and thoughtful musical landscapes. Those landscapes also allow us to hear the power and depth of Ventris’ phrasing and tonal colors. Her use of dynamics and bowing shapes the phrase with respect to the composer’s intent and her creative input.
Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers focuses on women composers and expands the viola’s repertoire. I hope this is the first in a long series by Ventris and her continued search for new and meaningful material. Be sure to spend time learning about the outstanding composers and this talented violist.
Sola: Music for Viola by Women Composers
Release Date: January 27, 2023
Label: Delphian Records
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