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Junger, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Brahms: Songs / Yoram Chaiter

Chaiter,Yoram
Release Date: 07/07/2010 
Label:  Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog #: 3415  
Composer:  Erwin JungerSergei RachmaninovFranz SchubertJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Ina WeizmannYoram ChaiterIrena Zelikson-Litchen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SONGS • Yoram Chaiter (bs); Irena Zelikson (pn); Ina Weizmann (pn) • EROICA 3415 (63:44 Text and Translation)

JUNGER Songs on Verses of Hungarian Poets. RACHMANINOFF Dream. He Has Taken Everything from Me. Fragment from A. Musset. In the Silence of the Night. SCHUBERT Der Doppelgänger. Ave Maria. BRAHMS 4 Serious Songs. TOSTI La serenata. Ideale

"Eroica has opted for an almost silent backdrop, so the bass’s voice is given to us “as is,” without any sort of reverberation at all. There are plusses and minuses—more detail but a little less tonal depth... We get two indelible treats: the Hungarian Songs by Chaiter’s friend and colleague Erwin Junger and the Four Serious Songs by Brahms, probably in one of
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Junger is a name new to me, and I fervently hope I come across some more music by him. These songs, written according to a selection of recent Hungarian poets, are as mysterious and provocatively radiant as just about any new song cycle I can think of. The music matches the haunting evocations of the texts, at once celebratory and bittersweet about life. Chaiter has an obvious affiliation with these works, and the reading must be considered definitive. The Brahms is serious in the sense of depressing in an unredemptive Ecclesiastes manner. Only the retreat to St. Paul in his chapter-one paean to love in First Corinthians keeps this cycle from collapsing under the weight of its own pretensions. Yet it is late Brahms, extraordinarily beautiful, and resolutely intense under Chaiter’s magnifying-glass concentration. This alone would be worth the price of the disc."

Fanfare: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Until Spring or Death by Erwin Junger
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
To an Unknown Beauty by Erwin Junger
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Night Song by Erwin Junger
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
I am Angry with You by Erwin Junger
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 2, Morning by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
6.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 2, He took all from me by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
8.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 6, Loneliness by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
9.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Serious Songs (4), Op. 121 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
12.
La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
13.
Romanze (2): no 1, Ideale by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Ina Weizmann (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass), Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882 

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