This joint piano recital celebrates two great Russian composers, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev. The program begins with the most significant of Borodin’s piano works, his Petite Suite, comprised of seven movements with the dedication “Little poems on the love of a young girl.” It is followed by Borodin’s Scherzo in A flat Major, that is reminiscent of his Polovetsian Dances. The brisk and pounding rhythms combined with the sensual melodies make this a true challenge for any pianist. It is considered a mini-masterpiece written to be played by a virtuoso. The second half of the concert begins with selections from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, some arranged by the NMF pianist, Frederic Chiu. This is superb music storytelling: each selection conveys character and sentiment, circumstance and consequence in 20th century music’s compelling rendition of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major Op. 83, closes the afternoon’s program. Also known as the “Stalingrad,” this sonata is the second of Prokofiev’s three War Sonatas. It is passionate music in which dissonance moves into resonance, discord becomes resolution. The composer’s range and expertise are magnificent, evidenced in this stunning sonata, expertly performed.