Recital: Peter Mallinson – viola
Matthias Wiesner – viola

Friday 10th February, 2023, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Peter Mallinson – viola
Matthias Wiesner – viola

Orlando Gibbons


Peter Aviss

Sonata for Two Violas
1. Allegretto
2. Grave
3. Allegro moderato

Frank Bridge

Lament & Caprice

The Artists

Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner are members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and have been giving concerts together as a Viola Duo since 2013. Not simply exploring the music for two unaccompanied violas, they also perform repertoire for two violas and piano, two violas and cello, and other combinations where the two-viola sound is to the fore.

Realising that information about the repertoire for viola duos is difficult to follow up, they have currently recorded (and written detailed liner notes for) three CDs on the Meridian Records label: Music for Two Violas and A Tale of Two Violas explore the history of the repertoire with a focus on music that the two first great pioneers of the instrument – England’s Lionel Tertis and Russia’s Vadim Borisovsky – either influenced, inspired, or wrote themselves. Their latest CD project, Two Violas Now, which was released earlier this year, explores where the two-viola tradition is today.

Not content with leaving the repertoire as it stands, Peter and Matthias work closely with many composers and arrangers. One such collaboration with Simon Rowland-Jones led to the completion of Frank Bridge’s duo, Caprice: a work written and performed by Bridge and Tertis in 1912 but then lost except for some sketches. Peter and Matthias ‘re-premiered’ it in 2018.

Despite being a medium which has inspired composers for over three hundred years, the repertoire for two violas is still relatively underexplored and consequently unappreciated. Not for much longer!

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