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L'infinito / Caroline Helton, Kathryn Goodson

Goodson,Kathryn / Helton,Caroline
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 123   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoVittorio RietiLeone SinigagliaGuido Alberto Fano
Performer:  Caroline HeltonKathryn Goodson
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Soprano, Caroline Helton, and Pianist, Kathryn Goodson bring to life with sensitivity, bravura and vibrancy these Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers 1910-1945. Life for Jews in Italy was qualitatively different from that of Jews in the rest of Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Italian Jewish intellectuals had played a major role in the political and social process of Italian unification in the mid 19th century, and they were more integrated into Italian society. Italian Jewish composers wrote music employing European compositional styles and forms, partaking of inspiration from French impressionism of Debussy to the chromaticism of Richard Strauss, rarely drawing on Jewish cultural heritage as a source of musical Read more inspiration. However, with the enforcement of the racial laws after 1938 and even more in 1943-45 when Italy was occupied by Nazi Germany, prominent Jewish composers lost their jobs, were forced into hiding or forced to flee in order to escape from persecution and deportation to the death camps, and some perished in the Shoah. Only the resilience of Italian Jews and the support they received from significant portions of the Italian population mitigated the fate of the Italian Jews compared to that of other European Jews. Because of the chaos that followed World War II, much of the music of the composers on this recording was essentially lost, and this is the first time any of these songs, (except the last track, L'Infinito) has been recorded. Only through the efforts of the composers' family members and musicologists such as Aloma Bardi have these pieces been preserved and uncovered, and the performers owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. In return Equilibrium offers kudos to Dr. Helton and Dr. Goodson for their meaningful interpretations of these works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'infinito, Op. 22 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Italy 
2.
Chant hébraique, Op. 53 no 3 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
3.
Quattro liriche italiane by Vittorio Rieti
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
4.
Quattro sonetti da La Vita Nova by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
5.
Vecchie canzoni ppolari del Piemonte by Leone Sinigaglia
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
6.
Le Lis by Guido Alberto Fano
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
7.
Lungi, lungi by Guido Alberto Fano
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)
8.
Quatre poemès de Max Jacob by Vittorio Rieti
Performer:  Caroline Helton (Soprano), Kathryn Goodson (Piano)

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