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From Jewish Life: Cello music by Bernstein & Bloch

 
From Jewish Life: Cello music by Bernstein & Bloch-Piano and Cello-Jewish Music
ID: SIGCD505 (EAN: 635212050521)  | 1 CD | DDD
Publi: 2004
LABEL:
Signum Records
Collection:
Jewish Music
Subcollection:
Piano and Cello
Compositeurs:
BERNSTEIN, Leonard | BLOCH, Ernest | BRUCH, Max | SCHEDRIN, Rodion | STUTSCHEWSKY, Joachim | Traditional
Interprètes:
LENEHAN, John (piano) | MARLEYN, Paul (cello)
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Signum Records are delighted to introduce this debut disc of Paul Marleyn and John Lenehan: a haunting CD of music rooted or influenced by Jewish culture.

Jewish musicians have for generations been asked to provide cheerful music for social occasions, when their lives were anything but cheerful. Consequently a style of Jewish folk music has developed which describes the saddest events in an almost agonisingly merry vein. Such traditional folk melodies are presented h e re alongside works by Bernstein, Bloch, Bruch, Schedrin and Stutschewsky.

Bloch’s early Cello Sonata (from 1897) has never previously been published or recorded. The celebrated English cellist Steven Isserlis unearthed the music a few years ago and gave the world premiere at London’s Wigmore Hall. He generously gave Paul his permission to record this work, as an example of Bloch’s beautiful but early, and rather immature, style. The sonata compares fittingly with the further examples of Bloch’s repertoire on this disc.

From Jewish Life is the title work of this disc, written in 1923-4. Bloch wrote of his music:

"It is the Jewish soul that interests me, the complex, glowing, agitated soul which I feel vibrating throughout the Bible this is in me, and it is the better part of my life"
Tracklist
 
BRUCH, Max (1838-1920) 
1. Kol Nidrei, Op. 479:31 
BLOCH, Ernest (1880-1959) 
2. Sonata for violoncello & piano13:44 
STUTSCHEWSKY, Joachim (1891-1983) 
3. Kinah5:18 
Traditional 
4. Dona, Dona1:49 
5. Avreml, the pickpocket3:26 
BERNSTEIN, Leonard (1918-1990) 
Two Meditations, from "Mass" 
6. Meditation 14:08 
7. Meditation 23:34 
BLOCH, Ernest (1880-1959) 
From Jewish Life 
8. Prayer3:30 
9. Supplication2:11 
10. Jewish Song2:13 
11. Meditation Hebraique5:47 
SCHEDRIN, Rodion (b. 1932) 
12. Cardil6:42 
Traditional 
13. Chanukah Oy Chanukah3:24 
BLOCH, Ernest (1880-1959) 
14. Nigun from Baal Shem7:23 

Analyse:
 

"Inventive programming, passionate playing, compelling listening"
Jessica Duchan, Classic fm Magazine

"It makes for stirring listening and these traditional folk works are played with great skill"
The Shropshire Star

"A winning idea ... the partnership of Marleyn and Lenehan is sympathetic and perfectly balanced. The recording in Bristol is impeccable, and presentation is to Signum's invariably high standard. Why has it waited eight years for release?"
Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers and Classical Net


 

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