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Saturday, November 30, 2013 Permalink

The Hebraic Connection

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Many composers—Jewish or not—have used Hebraic themes and styles in their music, and whether religious or secular in spirit, their efforts display a wonderful diversity.

In this hour, works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernstein and more.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Klezmer Concertos (for “The Maypole”)

David Krakauer, Barcelona Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.559403

636943940327

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, etc. (for Overture on Hebrew Themes)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado

Deutsche Grammophon 429396

028942939622

Dvorak/Bruch (for Kol Nidrei)

Janos Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

Mercury Living Presence 432 001-2

028943200127

Wolfsohn: Jewish Rhapsody (for “Wedding Song”)

Jascha Nemtsov

Oehms Classics OC572

4260034865723

Bernstein: Kaddish / Chichester Psalms

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic & Choir, Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.559456

0636943945629

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto no 2

Jascha Heifetz, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein

RCA Gold Seal 7872-2-RG

[none]

Bloch: Concerto Grosso/Schelomo

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Mercury Living Presence 432 718-2

028943271820

Ravel: Sheherazade, 2 Melodies Hebraiques, etc.

Orchestra de l’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner

EMI CDC 7 49689 2

077774968928

Shostakovich: The Symphonies (for From Jewish Folk Poetry)

Elizabeth Soderstrom, Ortun Wenkel; Concertgebouw Orchestra, B.Haitink

Decca 475 7413

028947574132

Birds on Fire: Jewish Music for Viols

Fretwork

Harmonia Mundi HMU 907478

093046747824