Schumann Resonances

Planet M Records (2019)

Violist/composer Melia Watras's new album, Schumann Resonances, uses Schumann's Märchenbilder (Pictures from Fairyland), Op. 113 as a building block, traveling in new directions with world premiere recordings of compositions by Watras, Cuong Vu and Richard Karpen. The new works take the Schumann piece as a point of departure, through Märchenbilder itself, or inspired by fairy tales or other folklore (including folk songs).


Melia Watras, viola + Galia Arad, voice + Winston Choi, piano
+ Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion
+ Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin + Cuong Vu, trumpet

Judith Sherman, producer + Dmitriy Lipay, engineer
+ Jeanne Velonis, editing assistant

Melia Watras (b. 1969)
①  Schumann Resonances for viola and piano (2015)*   5:17
Melia Watras, viola; Winston Choi, piano

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Märchenbilder (Pictures from Fairyland) for viola and piano, Op. 113
②  I. Nicht schnell   3:04
③  II. Lehaft   3:32  
④  III. Rasch   2:34  
⑤  IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck   5:19
Melia Watras, viola; Winston Choi, piano

Cuong Vu (b. 1969)
⑥  Porch Music for viola and trumpet (2015)*   9:32
Melia Watras, viola; Cuong Vu, trumpet

Melia Watras
Source for viola, percussion and violin (2015)*
⑦  I. Creusa   3:53   
⑧  II. Grandmother Spider   3:00
⑨  III. Lass: Variations on a Theme by John Jacob Niles   8:26
⑩  IV. Grandmother Spider Returns   2:26
⑪  V. Rawiya   7:22
Melia Watras, viola; Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion; Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin

Melia Watras
⑫  Berceuse with a Singer in London for voice and viola (2015)*   2:49
Galia Arad, voice; Melia Watras, viola

Richard Karpen (b. 1957)
Tertium Quid for violin, viola and piano (2015)*     
⑬  I   7:40
⑭  II   7:13
⑮  III   7:26
Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin; Melia Watras, viola; Winston Choi, piano

*World premiere recordings