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Engel: Chamber Music & Folksongs / Calloway, Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians


Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 343  
Composer:  Israel KaplanJoel EngelAlexander Zhitomirsky
Performer:  Rachel Calloway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Russian composer Joel Engel (1868-1927) is unofficially considered ''the father of Jewish music''. He paved the way for a nationalist movement that used Yiddish and Hebrew folksongs as the basis of a serious art-form. Well before Kodaly and Bartok in Hungary, Engel went out to the shtetls of eastern Europe, writing down the villagers' songs and then composing music inspired by his excursions. This first-ever album of his music reveals the melodic immediacy of these songs and instrumental pieces, capturing the soul of a people and a centuries-old vanished culture. The musicians of teh Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival are the highest-calibre local professionals; players for the orchestral and chamber-music concerts include members of the Read more Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and faculty members of the music departments from Carnegie mellon and Duquesne Universities. The recordings on this album represent a six-year project devoted to the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music and its affiliated Russian composers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Air "Jewish Melody" by Israel Kaplan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912 
2.
Adagio Misterioso, Op. 22 by Joel Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Palestine 
3.
Yiddish Songs (3) by Joel Engel
Performer:  Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Palestine 
4.
Dybbuk: Suite, Op. 35 by Joel Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Palestine 
5.
Hen hu hivtiach li by Joel Engel
Performer:  Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
6.
Pieces (2) for Violin, Op. 20 by Joel Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Palestine 
7.
Children's Songs (50): Excerpts by Joel Engel
Performer:  Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
8.
Children's Songs (11) "Yaldei Sadeh", Op. 36: No. 10, Zumerfeygele by Joel Engel
Performer:  Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Palestine 
9.
Az ikh volt gehat dem keysers oystres, Op. 4, No. 2 by Alexander Zhitomirsky
Performer:  Rachel Calloway (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 

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