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The Art Of The Theremin / Clara Rockmore


Release Date: 12/14/1992 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 1014   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovCamille Saint-SaënsManuel de FallaJoseph Achron,   ... 
Performer:  Clara RockmoreNadia Reisenberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many collectors treasure "The Art of the Theremin," an album on the Delos label, issued on LP and then on CD (Delos DE1014). Recorded in 1975, it features the artistry of Clara Rockmore accompanied by her sister, pianist Nadia Reisenberg. Clara's first instrument was the violin, but after she came to the United States in 1927, she became acquainted with Leon Theremin and with the early electronic instrument that bears his name. Fascinated, she became the instrument's most prominent exponent, achieving a level of celebrity that allowed her to share a concert stage with both Leopold Stokowski and Paul Robeson.

The theremin is played without touching it. It has a vertical rod antenna governing pitch and a horizontal
Read more tubular antenna governing volume. To control pitch and volume, the thereminist moves her hands toward and away from the two antennas. I have never seen a thereminist in action, but I wager that watching him or her perform on this instrument must look as beautiful as the sounds that are created. In its highest registers, it sounds both like a soprano and a violin. In its lower registers, the tone is throatier and more obviously "electronic," but not less beautiful. A skilled player – and Rockmore certainly was one – can negotiate complicated passages, even with staccato articulation, by twisting and turning her fingers, hands, and wrists with the utmost precision.

There are 12 selections on "The Art of the Theremin," each one beautiful and impressive in its own way - Raymond Tuttle, ClassicalNet
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Clara Rockmore (Theremin), Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
2.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
El amor brujo: Pantomime by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Clara Rockmore (Theremin), Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Romance sans paroles et Rondo élégant, Op. 9 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Berceuse for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1933; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stravinsky, Dushkin (from The Firebird) 
7.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Chant du ménéstrel, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg (Piano), Clara Rockmore (Theremin)
Written: 1900 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Songs, op 34 (Rachmaninov): No 14: Vocalise
El amor brujo (Falla): Pantomime

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