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In his 1994 Yizkor Requiem, subtitled A Quest for Spritual Roots, Thomas Beveridge combines the memorial services of the Jewish Yizkor and the Catholic Requiem Mass into a cohesive yet beautifully contrasted composition. The work is divided into sections drawn from both traditions, with the presence of the Cantor as a unifying element. The music is understandably varied in style, but not in quality, which maintains a consistently high level. Beveridge composes in a primarily tonal, late-20th-century language that blends "serious" music (the Requiem Aeternam opens with a Shostakovich-style slow fugue on the strings) and lyrical song-tunes, brilliantly interspersed with traditional Jewish and Catholic hymns. Given the above, it's
not surprising that while I listened, Leonard Bernstein came to mind more than once. Even so, for the most part Beveridge's music is clearly his own.
The Requiem opens with the Reader's Kaddish, and here we first encounter tenor Alberto Mizrahi, who maintains an important presence throughout. Ideally cast as the Cantor, Mizrahi displays a voice that possesses a heartfelt, sincere quality that makes you believe his fervent declamations. Soprano Christine Goerke and mezzo Susanna Peretzky contribute singing that's filled with both emotion and graceful beauty. Beveridge's choral writing is skillful and quite moving, enhanced by effective orchestral scoring, all of which receives a committed and lively performance by the Choral Arts Society of Washington under Norman Scribner's enthusiastic direction. The well-balanced live recording really captures the sense of the occasion. Don't let the religious subject matter put you off; Beveridge's Yizkor Requiem offers a pleasurable and rewarding musical experience. And like Levi's Rye bread, you don't have to be Jewish (or in this case Catholic) to enjoy it.
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Works on This Recording
Yizkor Requiem by Thomas Beveridge
Christine Goerke (Soprano),
Susanna Poretzky (Mezzo Soprano),
Alberto Mizrahi (Tenor)
Washington Choral Arts Society,
Washington Choral Arts Society Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1994; USA
Date of Recording: 04/28/1996
Length: 58 Minutes 26 Secs.
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