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Robert Xavier Rodríguez: Music for Cello & Piano - Tentado por la samba; Macarias; Ursa; Favola et al. / Jesus Castro-Balbi, cello; Gloria Lin, piano

Album Summary

>Rodriguez, Robert : Tentado pro la samba, for cello & piano
>Rodriguez, Robert : Máscaras, for cello & piano
>Rodriguez, Robert : Ursa, for cello & piano
>Rodriguez, Robert : Favola for cello & piano no 1
>Rodriguez, Robert : Lull-A-Bear, for cello & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Called "one of the major American composers of his generation" (Texas Monthly), Robert Xavier Rodríguez's music has been described as "richly lyrical" by Musical America. He first gained international recognition in 1971 when he was awarded the Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco. Other honors include the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has served as composer-in-residence with both the San Antonio and Dallas symphonies and is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. This recording offers his complete music for cello and piano, written between 1979 and 2006. Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, who is on the faculty at Texas Christian University School of Music, and Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Lin, also on the faculty at TCU, offer ravishing performances of this music.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
These players are enjoying themselves with this music. It makes heavy demands sometimes, particularly on the cellist, and the close recording doesn't make it easier. It is imaginative music played with both fire and ice and brings us a good composer whose liner notes are worth reading as well. Enjoy!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pepsico Hall, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, T.



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>Rodriguez, Robert : Tentado pro la samba, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Jesus Castro-Balbi (Cello); Gloria Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Rodriguez, Robert : Máscaras, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Jesus Castro-Balbi (Cello); Gloria Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Rodriguez, Robert : Ursa, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Jesus Castro-Balbi (Cello); Gloria Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Rodriguez, Robert : Favola for cello & piano no 1
  • Performers: Jesus Castro-Balbi (Cello); Gloria Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Rodriguez, Robert : Lull-A-Bear, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Jesus Castro-Balbi (Cello); Gloria Lin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990