S0462. WILLIAM PRIMROSE: Caprice #24 in a (Paganini); I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair (Foster); Andante cantabile (Tschaikovsky); Policinelle (Kreisler) all Concert Hall recordings, c.1943; w.William Kapell (Pf.): Viola Sonata #1 in f; w.Gerald Moore (Pf.): Viola Sonata #2 in E-flat (Brahms); w.Joseph Kahn (Pf.): Sonata #6 in A (Boccherini), recorded 1937-46. (Canada) Doremi DHR 7722. - 723723416322
"William Primrose was to the viola what Heifetz was to the violin….Think of Tertis as a Rolls Royce and Primrose as a Ferrari. This nimbleness of left and right hand made him Jascha Heifetz’s favorite alto-clef partner in chamber music and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante."
- Joseph Magil, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006
"William Primrose was not the first viola virtuoso of the 20th Century, but he was certainly the best known. Born in Glasgow, he trained and performed as a violinist until switching instruments in 1926….His early experience as a violinist undoubtedly influenced his approach to the viola and recalls the great violinists of his generation: his sound was bright, his manner was high-strung, and he tossed off anything put before him with apparent ease and grace. What could this man not do?"
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2005