ZUN MIT A REGN / SUN AND RAIN / ZON EN REGEN
CURTAIN CALL for the St. Petersburg Jewish Music Society
TRIBUTE TO MIKHAIL GNESIN
JEWISH MUSIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY

 

Acceptance Mark
 

"...a lasting monument to Jewish Soviet composers who had to work in secret during the Stalin Regime." (CD review "Musical Heroes" by Jan Waas in the NIW (Dutch Jewish Weekly), October 23, 2009.) See full review.

 

 

Sovali Consort

ZUN MIT A REGN / SUN AND RAIN / ZON EN REGEN

Jewish Songs and Chamber Music by Mieczyslav Weinberg, Veniamin Basner and Dmitri Shostakovich

Zun mit a regn (Sun and Rain) is a metaphor for laughter and tears - part and parcel of Yiddish music. It is the opening line of Shostakovich’s song cylcle From Jewish Folk Poetry (original Yiddish version) and a fitting title for a program dedicated to the three Russian composers and friends Mieczyslaw Weinberg (Moisei Vainberg) (1919-1996), Veniamin Basner (1925-1996) and Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) who supported each other even in the worst of times. World War Two and the reign of terror in the Soviet Union had a deep impact on the composers. Many of their works are inspired by Jewish themes. At a time when Jewish culture was taboo, it was often years before the works could be performed.

Contents
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)

Jewish Songs, 1st cycle to lyrics by Itzkhak Leyb Perets, Op. 13 (1943); instrumentation for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004) *

01 Introduction
02 Breytele - Bread Roll
03 Viglid - Cradle Song
  04 Der yeger -The Hunter
05 Afn grinem bergele - On the Green Mountain
06 Der yesoymes brivele - The Letter from the Orphan
07 Coda

Sonata No. 1 for Cello Solo, Op. 72 (1960)

08 Adagio
09 Allegretto
10 Allegro
Jewish Songs, 2nd cycle to lyrics by Shmuel Halkin for voice and piano, Op. 17 (1944)
11 Tsu di royte kriger - To the Red Soldier
12 Di muter - The Mother
13 Nay-yor lid - New Year’s Song
14 Tsum libn - To the Beloved
15 Tife griber, royte leym - Deep Graves, Red Earth
16 Tsu di royte kriger - To the Red Soldier
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in F Sharp Minor for piano, Op. 87 (1950-51)

17 Allegretto
18 Andante

Four songs from the cycle “From Jewish Folk Poetry”, Op. 79 (1948); instrumentation for voice and piano
trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004); reconstruction original Yiddish lyrics by Prof. Joachim Braun

19 Zun mit a regn - Lament for a Deceased Child
20 Shlof mayn kind - Cradle Song
21 Her zhe, Khasya - Warning
22 Af dem boydem - Song of Poverty
Veniamin Basner (1925-1996)
23 Poem for violin and piano, Op. 7, No. 1 (1950) *

Three fragments from the musical “Jewish Luck”. Libretto by Boris Pantser after D. Fridman’s novel “Mendel Marants”; instrumentation for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004) *

24 Evreiskoe mestetshko - A Jewish Town
25 Pesnia o rodstvennikakh - Song about the Family
26 Svad’ba - Wedding

* world premiere recordings

Musicians
Sovali (Sofie van Lier), soprano (NL)
Boris Goldenblank, violin (RU/NL)
Alexander Oratovski, cello (RU/NL)
Wladislaw Warenberg, cello (RU/NL)
Sander Sittig, piano (NL)
Paul Prenen, piano (NL)

Special thanks to Foundation Collective Maror Funds, Society for the Welfare of the Israelites in the Netherlands, Association internationale “Dimitri Chostakovitch”, Ayslu Basner, Olga Yulievna and Anna Weinberg, Per Skans, Julia Broido, DSCH Journal, and everyone who helped to create this CD-project.

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Sovali (Sofie van Lier), soprano and Paul Prenen, piano

CURTAIN CALL for the ST. PETERSBURG JEWISH MUSIC SOCIETY (1908) – 100th anniversary

Jewish songs and piano music by 20th-century Russian composers Joseph Achron, Moshe Milner, Mikhail Gnesin, Alexander Krein and Alexander Veprik

The album CURTAIN CALL is a tribute to the composers of the Jewish Music Society founded in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1908. They joined in an unprecedented collective effort to create a Jewish national school of classical music. The movement was crushed during the Stalin regime in the 1930s. The political boycott overshadowed this music ever since, and the recognition of these composers is still overdue. Now, a hundred years later, it is possible to finally rediscover these musical jewels.

Contents
Moses Milner (1886-1953)
Vocal Suite “Mother and Child” to lyrics by Yitskhak Leyb Peretz (1916) **
01 Viglid - Cradle Song
02 Ketsele, shtil - Pussycat Be Quiet
03 A gute nakht - Good Night
04 Der foygl - The Bird
05 Der shifer - The Skipper
06 Breytele - Bread Roll
07 Tants, tants, meydele, tants - Dance, Dance, Girl, Dance
08 Der yeger -The Hunter
09 Bal-shpil - Ball Game
10 Oyfn grinem bergele - On the Green Mountain
11 Khevre leytzim (Jesters) for piano (1920s) *
Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Two Songs for voice and piano, Op. 52 (1922) *

12 Yôm, yôm ani hôlekh lim’ônekh - Day after Day I Go to Your House (Jacob Fichmann)
13 Canzonetta (Avraham ben-Yitzhak)

Three Songs for voice and piano, Op. 53 (1923) *

14 Im chalomi  - In My Dream (David Frischmann)
15 Al panai chal'fa yônah - A Dove Flew By (Jacob Cohen)
16 At, har'chôkah - You, Who Are Far Away (Yehuda Karni)
Statuettes for piano, Op. 66 (1930)
17 No. 1, Allegro
18 No. 6, Andantino
19 No. 5, Allegro molto
20 No. 3, Allegro molto
Mikhail Gnesin (1883-1957)
21 Fragment from the Song of Songs (We have a little sister) for voice and piano, Op. 37, No. 3
     (1923-26)
22 Fragment from the Song of Songs (I am a rose of Sharon) for voice and piano, Op. 33 (1919) *

Two Songs of Laura for the 2nd act of “The Stone Guest” by A. Pushkin for voice and piano, Op. 51 (1936) **

23 Ia zdes’, Injezil’ia - I Am Here, Inezil'a
24 Liubovnaia pesnia Laury - Laura's Love Song (without words)
Alexander Veprik (1899-1958)
Two Jewish Songs for voice and piano, Op. 8 (1926)
25 Zayt gezunterheyt - Be Healthy
26 Spatsiren zaynen mir gegangen - The Two of Us Went for a Stroll
27 Kaddish for voice and piano (without words), Op. 6 (1925)
Alexander Krein (1883-1951)

Dances for piano, Op. 50 (1939)

28 No. 1, Allegretto
29 No. 3, Moderato
30 No. 5, Andantino grazioso
31 No. 10, Vivo

Selection from “Ten Jiddish Songs” for voice and piano, Op. 49 (1937-38)

32 Ven ikh zol hobn fligelekh - If I Had Wings *
33 Di zeydes mit di babes - The Grandpas and the Grandmas *
34 Afn hoykhn barg - On a High Mountain
35 Oy, veyn nit, mame - Oh, Don’t Weep, Mama *
36 Bagleytn, bagleytn zaynen mir gegangen - We Accompanied *

* World premiere recordings  / ** First complete recording on CD

Special thanks to Foundation Collective Maror Funds, ThuisKopie Fonds, Wilhelmina E. Jansen Foundation, Society for the Welfare of the Israelites in the Netherlands, and everyone who helped to create this CD-project.

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Sovali Consort

TRIBUTE TO MIKHAIL GNESIN
(1883 – 1957)

Songs and Chamber Music performed by an international ensemble

“The music of Gnesin will be one of the discoveries of the twenty-first century” – A.G. Yusfin

This album introduces the music of Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin (1883, Rostov on the Don – 1957, Moscow), a great, wrongfully neglected Russian composer of the 20th century. Gnesin composed many significant works inspired by Jewish musical tradition. He was a founding member of the St. Petersburg Jewish Music Society (1908), a group of young Jewish composers devoted to creating a Jewish style in classical music. He played an important role in the musical culture of Russia and was influential as a music theoretician and teacher. During the Stalin regime his music was unjustly forgotten. Gnesin’s music is expressive, attractive and well composed, and has such rare qualities as humour and irony. Reason enough to pay tribute to him.

Contents
01 Song of a Knight Errant for cello and piano (to the memory of the minstrel Süßkind von Trimberg),
     Op. 34 (1921)

Jewish Songs for voice and piano, Op. 37 (1923-26)

02 Yad Anugah Haitah Lah / Her Hand Was Delicate (Zalman Shneur)
03 Song of Mariamne (without words)
04 Shir Hashirim / Fragment from Song of Songs
05 Der Soyne ba di Toyern / The Enemy Is at the Gates (Osher Schwartzman) *
06 Ôra (Galilean Workman’s Dance). Variations for 4-hands piano, Op. 35 (1922-1923) *  

Three Melodies (Small Pieces) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Op. 60 (1942) *

07 Song of Dzherèn
08 Ukrainian Dance
09 Lyric Intermezzo

Music for “The Story of Red-Headed Mottele by Josef Utkin” for voice and piano, Op. 44 (1926-1929) **

10 Introduction
11 Pesnia o ryzhem Motele - Song about Red-headed Mottele
12 Prichëm i ne prichëm - Whose Business It Is and Whose It Isn’t
13 Na bazare - At the Market
14 V ocheredi - Standing in Line
15 Chasy (Pesnia tekushchikh del) - The Clock (Song of Current Affairs)
16 V synagoge - In the Synagogue
17 Pogrebal’naia - Funeral Song
18 V chëm fokus (razmyshlenia o zhizni) - What the Trick Is (Thinking about Life)

Jewish Orchestra at the Ball of the City Mayor (Grotesque), Op. 41 (1926). Suite of the Music to Gogol’s
“Revisor” at the Theatre of V.E. Meyerhold; arrangement for ensemble by Alexander Oratovski (2002)  
with improvisaties by Perry Robinson

19       I. Félicitation (Phantasia)
20-25 II. Quadrille:
   - 20 Polka
   - 21 Romance
   - 22 Valse
   - 23 Gavotte
   - 24 Petits Pieds
   - 25 Galop
26 Trio for violin, cello and piano “to the Memory of our Perished children”, Op. 63 (1943)

* World premiere recordings  / ** First complete recording on CD

Musicians
Sovali (Sofie van Lier), soprano (NL)
Michel Marang, clarinet (NL)
Perry Robinson, soprano and sopranino clarinet (USA)
Grigory Sedukh, violin, piccolo-violin (RU)
Alexander Oratovski, cello (RU/NL)
Anat Fort, piano (IL/USA)
Marcel Worms, piano (NL)
Sara Crombach, piano (NL)
Roberto Haliffi, percussion (NL)

Special thanks to Society for the Welfare of the Israelites in the Netherlands and everyone who helped to create this CD-project.

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Alexander Oratovski (cello) and Vladimir Orehous / Oleg Vainshtein (piano)

JEWISH MUSIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY
(on the 100th anniversary of the Saint-Petersburg Society of Jewish Folk Music)

In 1988 Alexander Oratovski was introduced to unknown musical works by composers of the Petersburg Society of Jewish Folk Music (1908) by a relative of Joseph Achron, who had been a member of the society himself. The scores Oratovski discovered were a total surprise to him. The classical works rooted in Jewish tradition had been officially ignored during the Soviet regime and unjustifiably forgotten. Alexander Oratovski has has become an inspired performer of the music.

Besides works by Russian composers, the CD also contains some pieces of Dutch composers.

Contents
Joel Engel (1862-1927)
01 Habad Melody
02 Freilachs
Lazare Saminsky (1882-1959)
03 Small Rhapsody
Alexande Zhitomirsky 1881-1937)
04 Rebbe’s Tune
Boris Lewensohn (1884-1947)
05 Farewell Song
06 Cheerful Dance
Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930)
07 Eli Zion
Alexander Veprik (1899-1958)

Two Pieces on Folk Themes

08 Lento
09 Allegro
Veniamin Sher (1900-1962)
10 Jewish Dance
Israël Finkelstein (1910-1987)
11 Aria
12 Dance
Bertus van Lier (1906-1972)
13 Prayer for a Ghetto-Jew (arr. A. Oratovski)
Hans Kornac (1938)

Three Jewish Images

14 Jewish Elegy
15 Rebbe’s Dance
16 Travel through the Holy Land
17 Sherele
Abraham Yusfin (1926)

Triptych

18 Me
19 You
20 We
Alexander Oratovski (1950)
21 Gambrinus
22 Skochna

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