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The Jewish Soul - Bloch, Bruch, Stutschewsky, Kopytman, Etc / Amit Peled, Eli Kalman


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2988   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David ZehaviErnest BlochMax BruchJoachim Stutschewsky,   ... 
Performer:  Eli KalmanAmit PeledAndrew TalleJong Bin Kim,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A leavening of novelty for the curious-minded.

The title of the disc speaks for itself, but there are intriguing moments for the unwary. If the Bloch pieces are by now staples of the repertoire we can note that the Bruch Kol Nidrei is heard here in an arrangement for five cellos made by Günter Ribke, and its textures are refined and malleable. And whilst Eli, Eli has been played by Mischa Elman as well as folk groups, Odeon Partos’s Yizkor will be a far less well known piece.
 
Cellist Amit Peled announces his musical precepts early, in Eli, Eli. He plays with lyric intensity but also with discreet emotionalism. It’s a quality, one of understated taste, that will
Read more recur throughout the disc. The cantorial declamation embedded in Bloch’s Meditation Hébraïque over the syncopated piano part is adeptly realised by Peled and by pianist Eli Kalman. If you want a more explicit take, however, you could turn to Parry and Frances Karp on Laurel LR856CD. The same is true when the Pered-Kalman duo turns to From Jewish Life. There’s a good sense of nobility in the Centaur performance of the Supplication and the Jewish Song is taken with directness and linearity. If one misses an infusion of expressive warmth however than that will be supplied by the Karps. This newcomer is a more cool look, though not without its own attractions.
 
Stutschewsky’s Hassidic Suite was written in 1946. There’s a yearning Bulgar opening, and a rather repetitious Chant for a second movement. Next comes a pleasing little scherzo. The most obviously Jewish movement is the finale, a Dance replete with lurching and rubato vivacity. By contrast Partos’ Yizkor (In Memoriam) is a haunted, brooding folk-based affair that sustains its ten minute length well. This is not the later 12 tone Partos. Mark Kopytman continues the mournful, elegiac feel with Kaddish, written in 1981. It’s written in three movements and the urgency and intensity of the first proves arresting. The central panel enshrines cleverly woven dance patterns – and there’s an ear catching role for the piano’s deft patterning. This is all leading to the keening soliloquy of the Lento finale, where it’s as if the enormity of loss has finally made itself apparent, beyond the forced vitality. The keening edge is rapt indeed.
 
So despite the conventional looking programme there is a leavening of novelty for the curious-minded. You don’t, as it were, have to be Jewish.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eli, Eli by David Zehavi
Performer:  Eli Kalman (Piano), Amit Peled (Cello)
Written: Israel 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Roy Friedman. 
2.
Méditation hébraďque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Eli Kalman (Piano), Amit Peled (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Andrew Talle (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano),
Jong Bin Kim (Cello), Davin Lee (Cello), Yotam Baruch (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Hassidic Suite: Bessarabic Song by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Eli Kalman (Piano), Amit Peled (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Hassidic Suite: Latvian Song by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6.
Hassidic Suite: Nuts and Wine by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Hassidic Suite: Dance by Joachim Stutschewsky
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
From Jewish Life: no 1, Prayer by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
From Jewish Life: no 2, Supplication by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
From Jewish Life: no 3, Jewish Song by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11.
Yizkor (In Memorian) by Odön Partos
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Israel 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
Kaddish: Largamente, un poco rubato by Mark Kopytman
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Kaddish: Andantino, lontano by Mark Kopytman
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14.
Kaddish: Lento, quasi recitativo by Mark Kopytman
Performer:  Amit Peled (Cello), Eli Kalman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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