Lawrence Power Viola

Discography

Fin de siecle

Fin de siècle: Music for viola and piano

Hyperion, 2016

Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

"Power's capacity for spinning seamless melodies is as crucial to these stylish performances here as his and Crawford-Phillips's virtuosity."

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

"The players' enthusiasm is self-evident, and Power tempers his sweet, full-throated tone (listen to him soar from 2'00" into the Enescu) with a lovely inwardness in the quieter music."

Richard Bratby, Gramophone
BENJAMIN: Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata

BENJAMIN: Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata

Hyperion, 2014

Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

"Power is perhaps the outstanding British instrumentalist of his generation, and not only a viola player but, as this disc richly demonstrates, a violinist, too. Hans Keller long ago observed that the distinction is, anyway, fatuous. Power's viola sound has a notable seductiveness, a sort of electric sweetness, but his genius for phrasing is as effective in Benjamin's 1924 Violin Sonatina (more substantial than the title suggests) as in his searching 1942 Viola Sonata, the focus here. A virtuosic arrangement by the sonata's dedicatee, William Primrose, of Benjamin's 'hit', Jamaican Rumba, ends the sequence."

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
STRAUSS: Don Quixote

Strauss: Don Quixote

Hyperion, 2013

Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, conducted by Markus Stenz

TURNAGE: On Opened Ground

LPO Live, 2012

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Markus Stenz

  Shostakovich: Music for Viola & Piano - Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford-Phillips

Shostakovich: Music For Viola And Piano

Hyperion, 2012

with Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano

The Sunday Times classical CD of the week.

"[Viola Sonata] Power and Crawford-Phillips leave us in no doubt of the stature of this final masterpiece ... One of Power's most compelling recordings yet for Hyperion"

The Sunday Times
  Britten: Violin Concerto & Double Concerto - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Ilan Volkov

Britten: Violin / Double Concerto
(Violin Concerto / Lachrymae)

Hyperion, 2012

with Anthony Marwood - violin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra • Ilan Volkov - conductor

International Record Review 'outstanding' award.

Sunday Times classical CD of the week.

"[Double Concerto] Marwood and his viola colleague Lawrence Power prove to be the most outgoing soloists on disc so far ... There is an extra spontaneity here that helps give this youthful music a welcome lift. With the rich-toned Power returning to give an eloquent performance of Lachrymae, this disc offers a trio of highly characterful performances"

Gramophone

J S Bach:
Goldberg Variations

Hyperion, 2011

with Leopold String Trio

"This arrangement has been recorded several times ... but the Leopold's belated entry into the field eclipses all others ... the hushed withdrawing of the Aria's ultimate reprise is spellbinding ... for listeners, there are times when holding one's breath is inescapable"

BBC Music Magazine
  Ralph Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi - John McEwen: Viola Concerto - Lawrence Power, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Martyn Brabbins

Vaughan Williams:
Flos Campi / Viola Concerto

Hyperion, 2011

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The Sunday Times classical CD of the week.

Gramophone Choice.

Gramophone Critics' Choice 2011.

"Lawrence Power is the perfect advocate for both works, with his rich, warm, sensuous tone and flamboyant virtuosity ... Brabbins and the BBC NOW are in complete sympathy with his musical aims"

The Sunday Times
  Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 3 – Concertos - Lawrence Power, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & David Atherton

Hindemith: Complete Viola Music Vol.3

Hyperion, 2011

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

"Real musicality shines through ... Lawrence Power lends poignancy to the slow movements and tremendous drive to the fast ones, and the BBC SSO under Atherton gives those machine rhythms real relish"

The Daily Telegraph
  Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 2 – Solo Sonatas - Lawrence Power

Hindemith: Sonatas For Solo Viola

Hyperion, 2010

"Power's performances - characterised by his trademark tonal richness and easy, almost nonchalant technical brilliance - leave no doubt about the weighty seriousness of the music, and its significance for Hindemith"

The Guardian
  Rózsa/Bartók: Viola Concertos - Lawrence Power, Andrew Litton & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Rózsa/Bartók: Viola Concertos

Hyperion, 2010

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra • Andrew Litton - conductor

"Listening to Lawrence Power's committed performance of both works leaves one grappling for reasons for the comparative neglect of the Rózsa ... Power delivers a highly charged account of the solo part maximising emotional contrasts in the music to an even greater extent than the impressive Gilad Karni on a rival Naxos disc. The Bartók is equally compelling"

BBC Music Magazine

Beethoven:
Piano Quartet & String Quintet

Hyperion, 2008

with The Nash Ensemble

"The Nash musicians play everything so delightfully, with such perfect control and subtle shadings ... the String Quintet offers the best music: as for playing, the crown's won by Lawrence Power and Paul Watkins in the Duo"

The Times
  Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music, Vol. 1 – Sonatas - Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford-Phillips

Hindemith: The Complete Viola Music
Vol. 1 - Sonatas

Hyperion, 2008

with Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano

Gramophone Editor's Choice

"Not since the days of William Primrose have I heard Hindemith's viola music played with such warmth and conviction"

Gramophone
  Bowen: the Complete Works for Viola & Piano - Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford-Phillips

Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano

Hyperion, 2007

with Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano

Sunday Times Classical CD of the week.

Recording of the week - Classical Music Magazine

Class FM Magazine Instrumental disc of the month.

"All the pieces show Bowen's love of the instrument's capacity to unfold long-limbed, rhapsodic melodies ... Lawrence Power's richly expressive moulding of them is a rare treat in itself"

The Guardian
  Bowen: the Complete Works for Viola & Piano - Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford-Phillips

Rubbra/Walton: Viola Concertos

Hyperion, 2007

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra • Ilan Volkov - conductor

Gramophone Awards Shortlist 2008

Gramophone Recommends

Orchestral CD Of The Month (Classic FM Magazine)

Sunday Times Classical CD of the week

Building A Library recommended version
(BBC Radio 3)

'Supersonic' Award, Pizzicato Magazine

Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Year

CD Compact 'Concerto' Award 2008

  Mozart: Violin Concertos No. 2 & 4, Sinfonia concertante - Lawrence Power, Maxim Vengerov & UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Mozart: Violin Concertos No. 2 & 4, Sinfonia Concertante

EMI Classics, 2007

with Maxim Vengerov - violin

UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Brahms: Viola Sonatas

Hyperion, 2006

with Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano, Tim Hugh - cello

"It is hard to remember, when listening to this superb disc, that the three works, Brahms's last, were written with the clarinet in mind. Power is among the most persuasive instrumentalists of our day, and, with his unremitting eloquence, could make you believe the viola was a trombone, but his communicativeness is a matter of the deepest feeling."

Sunday Times
  Bowen/Forsyth: Viola Concertos - Lawrence Power, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Martyn Brabbins

Bowen/Forsyth: Viola Concertos

Hyperion, 2005

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra • Martyn Brabbins - conductor

Gramophone Editor's Choice

"This new performance [Bowen] is beyond criticism ... the performance [Forsyth] is everything one could desire and the recording is wonderfully ripe and glowing to match. A fascinating coupling: hearty congratulations to all "

Gramophone