Orange

Every violist I’ve ever known has lamented the dearth of solo music written for the instrument. Though they’re usually referring to spotlight works with orchestra, Daniel Asia’s Orange, for viola alone, might well be embraced by these same repertoire-seeking musicians. Rather than the showmanship of a concerto, this piece offers the performer the chance to deliver a sort of poignant Shakespearian soliloquy that covers a broad range of ground in seven short movements. Originally penned in 1976 for violist Stephen Ansell, it is here played by Hong-Mei Xiao.

—MS