Robin Ireland Viola

Head of Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, he was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet for twenty years till it disbanded in 2005. Since then he has developed his career as a soloist, guest-led the viola sections of major UK orchestras, worked as a freelance chamber musician and become a highly respected teacher.

Prokofiev: Six Pieces from the ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Shostakovich: Preludes, Viola Sonata

This recording of Russian music brings together Prokofiev’s extraordinary depiction of young romantic love with Shostakovich’s deeply touching musical farewell, written during his final illness. The character of the viola provides a compelling voice for both.

The title of Shostakovich’s ‘Preludes’ does little to prepare one for the enchanting nature of these pieces, which are miniature masterpieces of character.

Music played by Robin Ireland (viola) & Tim Horton (piano); Produced by Nimbus Records (Wyastone Estate Limited), 2010. Buy online at Nimbus RecordsApple Music.
Six Pieces from ‘Romeo and Juliet’
1
I. Introduction
2
II. The street awakens
3
III. The young Juliet
4
IV. Dance of the knights
5
V. Balcony scene
6
VI. Mercutio
Seven Preludes, Op. 34
7
No. 10: I. Un peu triste
8
No. 14: II. Marche funebre
9
No. 15: III. Une valse vite
10
No. 16: IV. Une marche militaire
11
No. 17: V. Melodie amoureuse
12
No. 18: VI. Une danse ironique
13
No. 24: VII. Finale
Sonata for Viola & Piano, Op. 147
14
I. Moderato
15
II. Allegretto
16
III. Adagio

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