Convergences; Barbara Westphal, viola, Christian Ruvolo, piano
On this recording viola virtuoso Barbara Westphal and pianist Christian Ruvolo perform viola transcriptions of Brahms's great sonatas for violin and for cello. In addition, Westphal and Ruvolo give the world premiere recording of Andrea Clearfield's “Convergence”, a sparkling new composition written for the duo. Ms. Clearfield composes for forces small and large, including 10 cantatas, one of them written for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is currently writing an opera on the life of the Tibetan yogi, Milarepa.
Sonata in G Major, op. 78
Sonata in E Minor, op. 38
Convergence for viola and piano
"But the real treat here is the world premiere recording of Andrea Clearfield’s work Convergence, a challenging, occasionally unsettling exposition in which the seasoned instrumental work of Westphal and Ruvolo achieve a rare and unique synthesis of
expression. An unimpeachable marriage of style and substance."