Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet (arr. Borisovsky)

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet (arr. Borisovsky)

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by Matthew Jones
     
 

Prokofiev created three popular orchestral suites from his ballet "Romeo and Juliet," and with his approval, violist Vadim Borisovsky arranged 13 of the movements for viola and piano. For this recording, David Grunes and violist Matthew Jones made arrangements of three other movements, and Jones andSee more details below

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Prokofiev created three popular orchestral suites from his ballet "Romeo and Juliet," and with his approval, violist Vadim Borisovsky arranged 13 of the movements for viola and piano. For this recording, David Grunes and violist Matthew Jones made arrangements of three other movements, and Jones and pianist Michael Hampton organized the set so that they follow the order of the action of the ballet. The arrangements are exceptionally well done and for most of this music, the combination of viola and piano sounds like a natural fit, thanks to the versatility of the viola's tonal variety; it can soar like a violin and project the mellow warmth of a cello. The album is so successful both because of the arrangers' skill and Jones' gift in exploiting the instrument's versatility. Hampton, too, plays with plenty of color and drama, and he and Jones create rounded, musically satisfying highlights of music from the ballet. It's a set of pieces that makes a delicious addition to the violists' recital repertoire. Jones' tone is light but rich; he is especially adept at finding the musical and dramatic core of each movement, from the playfulness of "Masks" to the subdued, lyrical melancholy of "Romeo at Friar Lawrence's home" to the delicate sweetness of "Morning Serenade" to the searing emotionality of the "Epilogue." Legendary Israeli/Canadian violist Rivka Golani, the inspiration for some of the most important viola works of the late 20 century, joins Jones and Hampton in several movements arranged for two violas and piano. Naxos' sound is warm, natural, and present. This album should appeal to fans of the viola and of Prokofiev's ballet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313231874
catalogNumber:
8572318
Rank:
320685

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Tracks

  1. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 4. Epilogue: Parting Scene and Death of Juliet  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  2. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 3. Scene 3: Dance of the Lily Maidens  - Sergey Prokofiev  - David Grunes  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  3. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 3. Scene 3: Morning Serenade  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Rivka Golani  - Michael Hampton
  4. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 2. Scene 3: Death of Tybalt  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones  - Matthew Jones
  5. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 2. Scene 3: Death of Mercutio  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  6. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 2. Scene 2: Romeo at Friar Laurence's home  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  7. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 2. Scene 1: Dance with Mandolins  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Rivka Golani  - Michael Hampton
  8. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 2. Scene 1: Carnival  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  9. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Balcony Scene  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  10. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Mercutio  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  11. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Dance of the Knights  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  12. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Masks  - Sergey Prokofiev  - David Grunes  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  13. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Minuet - Arrival of the Guests  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  14. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 2: Juliet as a Young Girl  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  15. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Scene 1: The Street Awakens  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones
  16. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Introduction  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Vadim Borisovsky  - Michael Hampton  - Matthew Jones

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