S0512. WILLIAM PRIMROSE, Vol. I: C.P.E. Bach, Rameau, Schubert, Chopin, Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler & Benjamin; w.MARIAN ANDERSON: Élégie (Massenet); In the silence of the night (Rachmaninoff). (Germany) Naxos 8.111382, recorded 1927-47. Transfers by David Lennick. - 747313338221
"Primrose makes a convincing case that we take the viola as seriously as its string colleagues on either side of its registral space. Primrose's technical expertise is beyond reproach....Taken from Victor and Columbia disks and expertly transferred by David Lennick, there is no barrier here to the enjoyment of Primrose's playing."
- Colin Clarke, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Autumn, 2012
"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
"The great Scottish violist William Primrose revolutionised the playing of his instrument through both his virtuosity and the myriad colours he could evoke. Fully the equal of his colleagues Heifetz and Feuermann, he recorded a number of concertos and sonatas. However he also committed a substantial number of shorter pieces to disc, from Chopin and Dvorak to Kreisler and Arthur Benjamin. They reveal his lustrous, vibrant sound in some of the most beautiful pieces in the repertory. Two feature the great singer Marian Anderson. There are also two pieces from 1927 in which Primrose plays his first instrument, the violin. This is the first of two volumes."