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Milken Archive - Jewish Music Of The Dance


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559439   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leon SteinDarius MilhaudLazare SaminskyStefan Wolpe
Performer:  Alberto Mizrahi
Conductor:  Stephen GunzenhauserGerard SchwarzJorge MesterJoseph Silverstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraBarcelona Symphony OrchestraCarmina Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING of Stefan Wolpe’s orchestral suite from the ballet The Man from Midian reveals a superbly crafted concert work by one of the 20th century’s most fascinating composers. Also featured on this CD are excerpts from the concert suite from the ballet Moïse by Darius Milhaud. Both ballets are based on the life of Moses and were born out of two unique commissions during the 1940s. The historical development of both works is chronicled in an extensive essay by Neil W. Levin. Recorded here for the first time are excerpts from the opera-ballet The Vision of Ariel by Lazare Saminsky, a leading figure in the groundbreaking Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg before he immigrated to the United States, where Read more he exerted a profound influence on music of American Reform worship. Three soulful Hassidic dances by Chicago-born Leon Stein open the CD celebration of Jewish dance in America.

“The Milhaud score contains typical harmonic inventiveness amid eastern tinges and majestic flourishes. Wolpe's setting is alternately spare and dense, bristling with energy and atmosphere, deftly scored (including saxophones). The disc's other two works are immediately appealing: Leon Stein's Three Hassidic Dances are fully of swirling and poetic orchestral activity; excerpts from Lazare Saminsky's operaballet The Vision of Ariel exude radiance, pride and dramatic intensity, with help from a tenor soloist, chorus and orchestra. There's no shortage of spiritual or artistic commitment, and the copious programme-notes are excellent." — Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone (Dec. 2006)

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Works on This Recording

1. Hassidic Dances (3) by Leon Stein
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Chicago, Illinois 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Chicago, Illinois (1940 - 1941). 
2. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Ouverture [Israelites suffering under slavery] by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Modéré [Moses' birth and discovery] by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Animé [Moses brought to court] by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Lent by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Modéré [Moses' anger and solitude] by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7. The Vision of Ariel: Scene I by Lazare Saminsky
Performer:  Alberto Mizrahi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Carmina Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Sant Cugat Culture Centre, Barcelona 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8. The Vision of Ariel: Scene III by Lazare Saminsky
Performer:  Alberto Mizrahi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Carmina Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Sant Cugat Culture Centre, Barcelona 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9. The Man from Midian: Ballet Suite no 1 by Stefan Wolpe
Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1942).
Composition revised: USA (1951). 
10. Moïse (Opus americanum no. 2), Op. 219: Suple et Animé [Moses as pet of the court; political intrigu by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Hassidic Dances: No. 1. Dance of the Joyous: Allegro
3 Hassidic Dances: No. 2. Dance of the Enraptured: Adagio - Andantino
3 Hassidic Dances: No. 3. Dance of the Exultant: Moderato - Allegro
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": I. Overture: Israelites suffering under slavery
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": II. Modere: Moses birth and discovery
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": III. Anime: Moses brought to court
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": IV. Suple et Anime: Moses as pet of the court; political intrigue
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": VIII. Lent: Moses' descent from Mt. Sinai; smashing the tablets
Moise, Op. 219, "Op. americanum No. 2": IX. Modere: Moses' anger and solitude
The Man from Midian: I. Serfdom - Lamentation
The Man from Midian: II. Mother Conceives [Conceals] Child
The Man from Midian: III. Pharaoh's Daughter Bathes in the Nile, Finds the Baby
The Man from Midian: IV. Procession
The Man from Midian: V. Pet of the Court - Political Intrigue
The Man from Midian: VI. Moses Among the Workers
The Man from Midian: VII. Moses Buries the Taskmaster in the Sand
The Man from Midian: VIII. Portrait of Moses
The Vision of Ariel: Scene I (excerpts)
The Vision of Ariel: Scene III (excerpts)

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