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Liège Royal Philharmonic, Adrien La Marca,

Three large-scale works for viola and orchestra feature on the new recording by violist Adrien La Marca with the Liège Royal Philharmonic.


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Musically, a programme must tell a story: here the viola becomes the central hero of each work, in an almost cinematographic adventure. A hero who roams from the heart of Russian ballet music with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, through the lyricism of interwar English music with Walton’s Viola Concerto, to music of today by the Belgian composer Gwenaël Mario Grisi, whose On the Reel is literally ‘scripted’, written directly from analysis of film scenarios. Epic sweep, passions, contrasts . . . Everything you might expect from a great adventure movie is there in this music. Moments of powerful lyricism, love and tenderness, inner struggles, combats or doubts.


William WALTON (1902-1983) Concerto for viola and orchestra


  • Andante comodo 8’48
  • Vivo, e molto preciso 4’25
  • Allegro moderato 13’11


Gwenaël Mario GRISI (Born 1989) On the Reel


  • On the Reel 23’44


Sergueï PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Romeo and Juliet (Suite for viola and orchestra)


  • Introduction 2’45
  • Juliet as a Young Girl 3’33
  • Dance of the Knights5’42
  • Balcony Scene 6’18
  • Death of Juliet  8’15
  • Mercutio 2’27


Adrien La Marca’s playing is characterised by profound expressiveness combined with an instrumental mastery that ranges over every repertory. His unique richness of sound combined with a natural charisma creates an immediate emotional bond with his audience.

The year 2014 marked an important turning point in his musical life: he was voted Instrumental Solo Discovery of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. In 2016, Rolando Villazón invited him to appear on his ARTE show ‘Les Stars de Demain’, and the same year he released his first album, ‘English Delight’, on La Dolce Volta.

In 2016, Adrien became the first classical musician to receive the prestigious Fondation Lagardère scholarship. He has also held awards from the Banque Populaire, L’Or du Rhin and Safran foundations. Adrien has won many important prizes at international competitions, including the William Primrose, Lionel Tertis, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms Competitions. During the 2018/19 season, he made debuts with a number of major orchestras, namely the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Insula Orchestra, Orchestre National de Metz and Les Siècles. He was also the first ‘artist in residence’ with the Liège Royal Philharmonic throughout this season.

Since 2013, along with his brother Christian-Pierre, he has been joint artistic director of the Festival du Forez in the Loire département. Adrien La Marca plays a viola by Nicola Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1780, generously lent to him by the Boubo Music Foundation.

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