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Jesus Villa-Rojo: Music for Cello. Sonata 2; Lamento; Expresiones / Asier Polo, cello

Audio Samples

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Lamento, for cello & piano ("Version B")
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Oración serena, for cello & piano
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Expresiones, for cello

Album Summary

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Lamento, for cello & piano ("Version B")
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Oración serena, for cello & piano
>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Expresiones, for cello
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jesús Villa-Rojo is one of Spain's most impressive contemporary composers, and writes masterfully for the cello. The taut, meditative Oración serena, with its expressive depth, is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004. From the same year comes the seven-movement suite Expresiones for solo cello, a work that charts a narrative course between conflict and aching lyricism. Lamento is music of timbre-conscious colour, employing flamenco song forms in the subtlest ways, whilst the Cello Sonata moves through an intense emotional landscape ranging from a chorale to deep introspection. Cellist Asier Polo is closely identifi ed with this music and is "as authoritative as could be". (MusicWeb International on 8.570443.)

Ritmo
Naxos Classics series enriches your Spanish with this second disc devoted to Jesus Villa-Rojo, a composer who certainly lives up to that title. Serena Prayer, a tribute to the victims of the 11-M, piano and cello are joined in a perfect marriage to paint in the color of gray solace the most beautiful part of the disc.

MusicWeb International
Villa-Rojo... does a fine job... performing throughout with great technical confidence and communicative commitment. There's a sureness of touch about this playing and expressive insight into the depths of Villa-Rojo's intelligent, memorable music. Both pianists also play their part commendably... Sound quality is very good...

American Record Guide
This is a fascinating collection by a fine composer, played with involvement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musigrama, Madrid, Spain.



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Works Details

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Sonata for cello & piano no 2
  • Performers: Asier Polo (Cello); Amaia Zipitria (Piano)
  • Notes: Musigrama, Madrid, Spain (06/24/2009-06/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Lamento, for cello & piano ("Version B")
  • Performers: Asier Polo (Cello); Rafael Romero (Voice)
  • Notes: Musigrama, Madrid, Spain (04/02/2009-04/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Oración serena, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Asier Polo (Cello); Gerardo Laguna (Piano)
  • Notes: Musigrama, Madrid, Spain (04/02/2009-04/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Villa-Rojo, Jesus : Expresiones, for cello
  • Performer: Asier Polo (Cello)
  • Notes: Musigrama, Madrid, Spain (01/29/2009-01/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004