Jesús Villa-Rojo: Music for Cello

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Jesús Villa-Rojo: Music for Cello



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30th Aug 2011




68 minutes


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Jesús Villa-Rojo: Music for Cello

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Sonata 2


Oracion serena


Asier Polo (cello), Amaia Zipitria (piano), Rafael Romero ‘el Gallina’ (vocals) & Gerardo Lopez Laguna (piano)


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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 confl ict and aching lyricism. Lamento is music of timbre-conscious colour, employing fl amenco 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 identified with this music and is “as authoritative as could be”.

(MusicWeb International on 8570443.)

Jesus Villa-Rojo: Sonata 2

I. Allegro impetuoso

II. Lento

III. Allegro scherzando

Jesus Villa-Rojo: Lamento (version B)

Lamento (version B)

Jesus Villa-Rojo: Oracion serena

Oracion serena

Jesus Villa-Rojo: Expresiones

I. Mis sentidos suspendia

II. Con alegria y amor

III. En el corazon ardia

IV. En la noche dichosa

V. Cuan manso y amoroso

VI. Con su mano serena

VII. Desnudez y libertad del espiritu

MusicWeb International

January 2012

“[Polo performs] 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.”

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