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A Viola Treasury - CD1151(1)

on the Music & Arts Programs of America label

performed by the  ZASLAV DUO

Cesar Franck: Sonata in A Major (Arranged for Viola by B. Zaslav); Darius Milhaud: Sonata No.2 for Viola and Piano; "La Bruxelloise" from "Quatre Visages"; Antonín Dvorák: Op.2 ~ Four Songs (Orig. Soprano/Piano) (Arranged by B. Zaslav); Ernest Bloch: Meditation & Processional; Suite for Viola Solo (Unfinished); Milton Babbitt: Composition for Viola & Piano [1950]. The Zaslav Duo (Bernard Zaslav: Viola and Naomi Zaslav: Piano). Total time: 72:22 [ADD/DDD] UPC # 0-17685-11512-7.

Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8- Allegro appassionato
2. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8- Allegro
3. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8- Recitative-Fantasia (ben moderato)
4. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8- Allegretto poco mosso
5. Sonata for viola & piano No. 2, Op. 244- Champêtre
6. Sonata for viola & piano No. 2, Op. 244- Dramatique
7. Sonata for viola & piano No. 2, Op. 244- Rude
8. Visages (4), for viola & piano, Op. 238- La Bruxelloise
9. Dvorak Op. 2, Four Songs - 1. Moderato, Go Forth, My Song, Delay Not
11. Dvorak Op. 2, Four Songs - 3. Andante
12. Dvorak Op. 2, Four Songs - 4. Rest In The Valley'
13. Bloch Meditation & Processional For Viola & Piano
14. Bloch Suite For Viola Solo (Unfinished)
15. Babbitt- Composition For Viola & Piano (1950)

BUZZ: Composed between 1886 and 1958, these viola works range from the familiar (Franck, Dvorak) to the rare and unusual (Milhaud, Bloch, Babbitt). Since their Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1962, the Zaslav Duo have attained a high level of recognition for both concerts and recordings of the viola/piano repertory. Bernard Zaslav has performed worldwide as viola soloist and member of the Kohon, the Composers, the Fine Arts, the Vermeer and the Stanford String Quartets. His current discography includes 114 works of chamber music. Naomi Zaslav, a pupil of Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard Graduate School, has appeared widely both as piano soloist and chamber music artist.

"Violists have to hear this…it's the best performance of Milhaud's second viola sonata that I'm likely ever to hear."
-Michelle Dulak Thomson, American Record Guide/San Francisco Classical Voice

"Due to the plaintive beauty of his [Zaslav's] tone, this approach achieves about as great a success as the premise will allow. Bernard Zaslav sounds like a violist, and nothing else-an effect that not every violist or violinist/violist manqué achieves. In a most sympathetic partnership with Naomi Zaslav, who, like her husband, adapts well to the full range of the styles represented on the program, from Dvorák's warmth to Babbitt's angularity, his stylistic penetration reveals itself to great advantage. Strongly recommended."
-Robert Maxham, Fanfare

"This is a lively but tender interpretation of the Franck…The Dvorak transcriptions are nothing if not pleasant, and it is good to hear Ernest Bloch's work."
-David W. Moore, American Record Guide


Brahms & Friends - CD#1087(2)

A new 2 CD album on the Music & Arts Programs of America label

performed by the  ZASLAV DUO
(Hear sound excerpts )

Works by

Brahms:Sonatas Op.120, Nos.1& 2
Joachim: Variations,Op.10
Herzogenberg: Legenden,Op.62
Kiel: Drei Romanzen,Op.69
Fuchs: Sechs Phantasiestucke,Op.117

Sitt: Albumblatter,Op.39

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"Violist Bernard Zaslav and his pianist-wife Naomi are excellent, and they treat the music with total respect and love."

- Edith Eisler -


Also published on the Music & Arts label by the ZASLAV DUO:


CD-4902(1)  - Ernest Bloch: Music for Viola and Piano (sold out)

" the most comprehensive Bloch viola CD ...the performances are magnificent.  Bernard Zaslav, who plays the ex-Villa, ex-Hobday 1781 J.B. Guadagnini, has been a leading member of the US viola fraternity for close on 50 years. He and his wife have been performing together in public since 1962 and I already treasure their interpretations of Franck, Milhaud and Brahms. The great 1919 Suite is delivered with immense breadth and power..This Bloch program will go up on the shelf next to them. Recommended!"


CD-4953(1) -  Dvorak's Viola - 13 works of Antonin Dvorak , originally written for violin, cello or voice. Transcribed for Viola and Piano by B. Zaslav

"Bernard Zaslav has transcribed an entire programme of delightful music for the viola.  The Zaslavs play well throughout..There is much enjoyable listening to be had from this disc..and the presentation is admirable."


CD-626(1)  -  Three Romantic Viola SonatasBrahms: Sonatas Op.120, Nos.1 & 2, and Franck: Sonata in A for violin and Piano (Arr. for viola and piano by B. Zaslav)

"The Zaslav Duo has made what is the definitive recording of these two sonatas (Brahms Op.120). The viola soars effortlessly in the long canzones wonderfully backed by the piano. All the nooks and crannies of these works have been mastered and explored from all aspects of sound and rhythm."


"..gorgeous tone, affectionate commitment , and enlivening give-and-take.The sound itself is exceptionally rich and well balanced."

- "Recording of Special Merit" - STEREO REVIEW

"If I needed one word to sum up the performances of the Zaslav Duo here, it would be "loving". Ensemble is immaculate down to the last semiquaver.A highly recommended disc."


 I listened to the Franck twice and found it to be so beautiful, sensitive and technically perfect that I can't honestly think of a more musical performance on records. Thank you for playing so wonderfully and my deepest appreciation. I love you!!

- Letter from JOSEF GINGOLD



As a member of the Kohon, Composers, Fine Arts, Vermeer, and Stanford String Quartets as well as the Zaslav Duo, Mr. Zaslav has recorded 113 chamber works for the Teldec, Orfeo, Columbia, Nonesuch, Everest, Laurel, Gasparo, Vox, CRI and Music & Arts labels.