Borislav Strulev and Sergei Yerokhin
Borislav Strulev on Cello
Sergei Yerokhin on Piano
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower with Guest Reviewer (Jessie)
August 7, 2004
This is a CD of Borislav Strulev on cello and Sergei Yerokhin on piano in a virtuosic performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, op.34, no. 19, as well as his Sonata for cello and piano in g-minor, op. 19, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for cello and piano in d-minor, op. 40, as well as his Polka from the ballet, The Golden Age, op. 22. The existential Polka follows Shostakovich’s Sonata with its sorrowful Largo. I have always loved Vocalise and will play it many times for its soothing and evocative qualities.
#4 – Allegro mosso, fourth and final movement from Rachmaninoff’s Sonata. Yerokhin’s piano prominently presents a richly textured finale. This is a romantic and comforting theme. Jessie: “Fantastic, fun to listen to, and fast-moving.”
#5 – Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. This is one of the most heart-rending themes, which has also served as a ballet score. Strulev plays the main theme over Yerokhin’s contrasting and alternating themes. Jessie: “This is so touching, magnificent, and beautiful.”
#8 – Largo, third of four movements from Shostakovich’s Sonata. This movement is mournful, sweeping, dark, and abstract, with edgy, intermittent fusion of piano and cello. Jessie: “A sad feeling, a scared feeling, someone just died”.
#10 – Polka from Shostakovich’s ballet, The Golden Age. Quite macabre, this Polka, from a rare ballet, changes octaves and rhythms in eery, foreboding, and energetic fashion. Jessie: “I love the Polka. This is hop, skip jazz, amazing.”