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The Music of Eric Zeisl / Green, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony


Release Date: 01/08/2019 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1756  
Composer:  Erich Zeisl
Performer:  Michael SokolMark Kashper
Conductor:  Noreen Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Born in 1905, Eric Zeisl fled Austria in 1938, coming to the United States, and committing himself to applying his mastery of classical compositional technique to commemorating the destroyed Jewish European heritage. He met Benjamin Zemach at the then new Brandeis-Bardin Institute, where Zemach headed the dance and theater department. The two men set out to create two biblical ballets, one of which, Jacob and Rachel, is performed on this recording. Zemach expertly distilled the dramatic elements of the old stories into scenes, and Zeisl composed the music—his forte was exactly that, depicting characters, actions and emotions in music. The second work on this recording, Variations on a Slovakian Folk Song, derives its theme from a book of Read more folksongs called Slowakisch. The translation of the text is: Lord God mine, Father mine, give the world your light and justice. Every day your poor servant suffers terribly.

The mission of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony is to perform orchestral works of well-known as well as not widely recognized Jewish composers. The LAJS is the only orchestra in America dedicated to the performance and preservation of orchestral works of distinction that explore Jewish culture, heritage, and experience. Led by artistic director Noreen Green, who founded the orchestra in 1994, the LAJS celebrates the richness of Jewish music, sharing it with diverse audiences. Dr. Green is known worldwide for her knowledge and skill in presenting music with Jewish themes. She has served as guest conductor in the United States, Israel, South Africa, Australia, and Canada. In 2017, Musical America recognized her as one of its Movers & Shapers the Top 30 Musical America Professionals of the Year. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jacob and Rachel by Erich Zeisl
Performer:  Michael Sokol (Baritone)
Conductor:  Noreen Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Variations on a Slovakian Folk Song by Erich Zeisl
Performer:  Mark Kashper (Violin)
Conductor:  Noreen Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 

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