Now available on Titanic (Ti-265)

Twentieth Century Romantic — Works for Violin and Piano

Gerald Itzkoff, violin
Philip Amalong, piano

Music of Elgar, Busoni and Prokofiev


Twentieth Century Romantic — Works for Violin and Piano

Titanic Records is pleased to announce the release of “Twentieth Century Romantic”. This exciting debut collaboration presents distinctive performances of works by Elgar, Busoni, and Prokofiev — composers who embraced the rich musical, cultural, and philosophical complexity of the late19th and early 20th Centuries. Edward Elgar's (1857-1934) Sonata for Violin and Piano, composed just after World War I, is a brocaded, red-velvet portrayal of regret and loss. The heartfelt melodies soar and sob in a mournful, impassioned reverie of Victoriana. The Sonata No. 1 in E Minor Op. 29 by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) is a passionate and often intense work with driving, Beethoven-inspired rhythm and directness in contrast to the nostalgic longing of the Elgar work. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) composed the Five Melodies for Violin and Piano in 1925. This haunting lyrical work, originally a vocalise, conveys a darkly exotic Romanticism.

Violinist Gerald Itzkoff plays in the first violin section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A distinguished soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Itzkoff has recorded on the CRI, Gasparo, and GM labels. Pianist Philip Amalong, a soloist and chamber player whose recordings and performances have garnered worldwide acclaim, has recorded previously for the Albany and Eroica labels.

You may now purchase this title through our U.S. distributor, Albany Music Distributors, Inc., by telephone at 1-800-752-1951 or 518-436-8814 or by fax at 518-436-0643 (major credit cards accepted).

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