Latest CD release, Hindemith Sonatas for Viola Solo, June 2019

JESUS RODOLFO

JESUS RODOLFO on BBC Music Magazine, September 2018 Issue

JESUS RODOLFO Cover of Scherzo Magazine, July/August 2018 Issue

JESUS RODOLFO full page in Vanity Fair Spain, April 2018 Issue, together with Tom Ford, Marina Sturdza & Mika Ertegun.

JESUS RODOLFO full page in Dear Magazine, Summer 2018 Issue, #trendingtopic

Press

"The program included a work from the post-Bach solo string canon as well – Ligeti’s Viola Sonata, a dark, chromatic work, alternately introspective and forceful, and rich in influences of all sorts, including Hungarian folk themes, Baroque dance forms and jazz rhythms. The technically impeccable, interpretively transfixing performance by Jesús Rodolfo, a student in the festival’s new Bach Virtuosi program, was one of the evening’s highlights"

by Allan Kozinn, Portland Herald Press, June 2017

"Jesus Rodolfo is a star whose light transcends the stage. His performance of Bartok's Viola Concerto this past month at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, was nothing sort of genius." ... "The final Allegro came like a volcano explosion. Rodriguez whipped himself with a fiery frenzy, hitting the string with immaculate precision, which made the full house stand with the last harmonic of the soloist"

 

by the New York Times, Digest, March 2013

 "Rodríguez imprimió desde la primera nota el carácter contradictorio que emerge de la obra: la lucha interna de su protagonista frente a sí mismo y el mundo que le rodea. Un sonido penetrante, sin fisuras en el registro y con un agudo que, como ya se ha señalado en más de una ocasión, acaricia sin complejos la tímbrica del violín. En Rodríguez todo a su alrededor se convierte en música, desde el movimiento de su cuerpo, hasta la energía desplegada en cada articulación, en cada nota que define con precisión de arquitecto. No en vano, a través de la viola, su mente parece jugar con equilibrios y contrafuertes propios de otras disciplinas. Así, los armónicos conseguidos en la "Marcha de peregrinos", movimiento lleno de unción y misticismo, contagió sensación de ingravidez a una orquesta que, a lo largo del concierto, fue creciéndose con cada intervención de la viola."

 

By Iván Román, La Nueva España, December 2013 

 

 

 

"The performance also included Brahm’s Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34.

 

It was Jesús Rodolfo Rodriguez’s string that broke after the Allegro. Rodriguez was the principal violist for the Gustav Mahler JugendOrchester.

 

There was a consummate grace in his tone, one that resounded with the same brightness as a violin during high notes, as well as the same melancholy of a cello during lower ones.

 

After changing his string, Rodriguez returned to his seat and joked to the audience—“I hope this one will last until the end.”

 

After a moment of collected laughter, Rodriguez’s facial expression swiftly switched to a natural and solemn demeanor as he anticipated the haunting beauty of the finale."

 

By Amelia Pang, Epoch Times, June 2013

 

 

 

"Todo Brahms. Programa en torno al músico alemán y sobre los hombros del joven violista avilesino Jesús Rodríguez González, que con 25 años ya triunfa en Nueva York. La Sociedad Filarmónica de Oviedo estuvo ayer de enhorabuena.

 

Jesús Rodríguez, en dúo con el pianista Ben Kim, empezó la velada con la sonata para piano y cello -transcrito para viola- opus 38 número 1. Allegro apelativo, que valió como interrogante para toda la sesión, seguido de un allegreto jocoso, muy distinto, para completar las claves del músico asturiano: valentía, vivacidad, musicalidad y alegría. También sentido cooperativo porque es difícil encontrar un dúo tan joven y compenetrado.

 

La sonata número dos de la opus 120, cantabile, con fuego y un final desconcertante por variado colmó el gusto del público. En la segunda parte, la sonata número 1 de la misma carpeta, con un allegro inicial sencillamente maravilloso en la viola de Rodríguez González. La cuarta pieza, un scherzo que levantó bravos. Y como bálsamo y propina, la dulce canción de cuna."

 

"All Brahms. Program dedicated to the German musician on the shoulders of the young asturian violist Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, that at age 25 is already succeeding in New York. The Philarharmonic Society has the priviledge to have him yesterday.

 

Jesus Rodriguez, in duo with the pianist Ben Kim, started the soiree wuth Brahms' Sonata for Cello and Piano  -trans. for viola- Op. 38 No.1. Allegro apelativo", was the interrogant for the entire soiree, followed by a "Allegro giocoso", much different and contrasting, to complete the qualities of the young asturian musician: courage, vivacity, musicality and joy. The compenetration of the duo was mesmerizing, rare to find in such a young group.

 

The second sonata Op.120, cantabile, with fire and with a puzzling ending, filled the taste of the audience. In the second have, the fisrt sonata of the "same folder", started with a simply marvelous Allegro in the Viola of Rodriguez. The fourth piece, a scherzo that standed "Bravos". At the end, as a balsamic ending, the encore, the sweet "lullaby" by Brahms"

 

 

By Javier Neira, La Nueva España, December 2012

 

 


"After intermission, Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, one of this year's virtuosi in residence, gave a fantastic rendition of Hindemith's Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 31, No. 4. After a few of the incredible variations in the final movement, one got used to Hindemith's sometimes brutal and dissonant idiom, to the point where some passages sounded sweetly melodic."

 

By Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald June 2012

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