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Sun and Rain – Jewish Songs and Chamber Music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Veniamin Basner and Dmitri Shostakovich
by the Sovali Consort

Twentieth century art songs and chamber music from Russia inspired by Jewish themes.


01-07 Jewish Songs, first cycle to lyrics by Yitskhok Leyb Perets, Op. 13 (1943); arr. for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004), 12:56
08-10 Sonata for Cello Solo, No.1, Op. 72 (1960), 12:59
11-16 Jewish Songs, second cycle to lyrics by Shmuel Halkin for voice and piano, Op. 17 (1944), 13:26

17-18 Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor for piano, Op. 87 (1950-51), 6:12
19-22 Four songs from “From Jewish Folk Poetry”, Op. 79 (1948) (timing), Yiddish text underlay by Prof. Joachim Braun, arr. for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004), 8:05

23 Poem for violin and piano. Op. 7, No.1 (1950), 5:46
24-26 Three fragments from the musical “Jewish Luck” (libretto by Boris Pantser after D. Fridman’s novel “Mendel Marants”), Op. 45 (1994), arr. for voice and piano trio by Alexander Oratovski (2004), 8:11

Total playing time: 67:31


Sovali (Sofie van Lier) – soprano, 1-7, 11-16, 19-22, 24-26

Boris Goldenblank – violin, 1-7, 19-26
Alexander Oratovski- cello , 1-8, 24-25
Wladislaw Warenberg – cello, 19-22, 26
Sander Sittig – piano, 1-7, 19-23, 26
Paul Prenen – piano, 11-18, 24-2


We recorded our performance of the music of Weinberg, Basner and Shostakovich in May-June 2005 and June 2007 at the Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam. The recording was released on CD in 2007.


JMP CD 001 © ℗ 2007 Joodse Muziek Projecten
Recording: Dick Lucas
Graphic design: Basia Knobloch

© All rights reserved

Tags: classical, twentieth century, art songs, chamber music, yiddish, russia, amsterdam

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 “…the CD “Sun and Rain” (“Zun mit a regn”), is seamless in its singular mixture of refinement, earthiness and drama. Soprano Sovali (Sofie Van Lier) brings a lucid folk-like authenticity to the songs of Twentieth Century composers and friends Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Dimitri Shostakovich and Veniamin Basner.”

Margo Nash, CD Baby review

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