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Paul Hindemith, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Igor Stravinsky, John Dowland, Esther Apituley, Henri Vieuxtemps, Zoltán Kodály

Esther Apituley

Violent Viola

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917215625
  • Catalog number CC 72156
  • Release date 26 December 2012
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About the album

I wrestle with my viola as if it was my life.
It is true that the viola chose me. Not the other way round.
And over time we have built up a history together. Played nearly all over the world and in the crazi- est places, on the roof of a supermarket, in the air over a desert, and in a lavatory... And so we have become so entwined with each other that you’d need a saw to separate us. What drives my life, what sometimes becomes a battle, also drives my music, and so that too leads to conflict. To con- quer that inexpressible something, to approach the essence, to create musical moments... which are indescribable. It is almost addictive, or maybe it is also a kind of mission, to want to experience those moments again and again, and share them with an audience.

I have a positive attitude. If something goes wrong, I think that it must be for a reason.
And often it’s true: the grief that filled me when my father died could change to joy because I real- ized that he had taken everything he could take from life. A man of tremendous mental strength, that is what he was. He could take pleasure in the briefest moments of existence, even just before he died and could no longer drink on his own. When he took a straw in his mouth, he bit on it or blew into it. When he finally felt a little moisture on his lips, I saw his eyes sparkle. He sighed then, and said: “ how wonderful...”, squeezed my hand, and looked at me with his little dark eyes, totally happy.
Esther Apituley 

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