Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Selections from Romeo & Juliet (Arr. Vadim Borisovsky)

  1. 1) Introduction (1961)

    2.30

  2. 2) Young Juliet (1967)

    3.17

  3. 3) Dance of the Knights (1961)

    5.53

  4. 4) Balcony Scene (1977)

    5.57

  5. 5) Mercutio (1961)

    2.18

  6. 6) Death of Juliet (1977)

    7.30

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Sonata for cello and piano in G Minor, Op. 19 (transcr. for viola and piano by Vadim Borisovsky)

  1. 7) I. Lento - Allegro moderato

    14.12

  2. 8) II. Allegro scherzando

    7.16

  3. 9) III. Andante

    6.11

  4. 10) IV. Allegro mosso

    11.20

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Suite Italienne “Pulcinella” (1925 version) (transcr. for viola and piano by Jesus Rodolfo)

  1. 11) I. Introduction

    2.21

  2. 12) II. Serenata

    3.36

  3. 13) III. Tarantella

    2.17

  4. 14) IV. Gavotte con due variazioni

    4.17

  5. 15) V. Minuetto - Finale

    4.57

CD information

VIOLA SONGS ON LOVE IN THE FACE OF DEATH AND UNCERTAINTY

Violist Jesus Rodolfo makes his PENTATONE debut, accompanied by pianist Min Young Kang, with an album showcasing three iconic 20th-century Russian composers who all left their homeland: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Rodolfo presents selections of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G Minor in arrangements by Vadim Borisovsky, while Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne can be heard in his own transcription for viola and piano. The pieces performed revolve around love, decency, hope and optimism prevailing against mortality, mistrust, injustice and uncertainty. Within the context of a world slowly respiring from a severe pandemic, this has become a recording about the importance of the perseverance of hope, determination and love in the face of death and uncertainty.

Acclaimed for his exhilarating, passionate performances, innate musicality and technical prowess, Spanish violist Jesús Rodolfo has been praised by The New York Times Digest as "a star whose light transcends the stage."

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