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Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies / Gil Shaham, Orla Shaham

Bonime / Zeitlin / Shaham,G. / Shaham,O.
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Canary Classics   Catalog #: 10   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Josef BonimeJoseph AchronAvner DormanJohn T. Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Gil ShahamOrli Shaham
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Dance Hébraïque for violin & piano by Josef Bonime
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1916; France 
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Poland 
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Violin Sonata No. 3 'Nigunim' by Avner Dorman
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Hebrew Pieces (2) for orchestra, Op. 35 by Joseph Achron
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: Jewish 
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Schindler's List: Pieces (3) for Violin and Orchestra by John T. Williams
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Eli Zion (Paraphrase on a folk theme and trop of "Song of Songs"), for cello & piano by Leo Zeitlin
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Baal shem by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Venue:  92nd Street Y, New York City, NY, USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Danse hebraique
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 (version for violin and piano)
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Nigunim": I. Adagio religioso
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Nigunim": II. Scherzo
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Nigunim": III. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 3, "Nigunim": IV. Presto
2 Hebrew Pieces, Op. 35 (arr. for violin and piano): No. 2. Lullaby
2 Hebrew Pieces, Op. 35 (arr. for violin and piano): No. 1. Dance
Schindler's List (arr. for violin and piano): Theme: Slowly
Schindler's List (arr. for violin and piano): Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto, Winter '41): Andante
Schindler's List (arr. for violin and piano): Remembrances: Moderato
Eli Zion (arr. J. Achron)
Baal shem (version for violin and piano): I. Vidui (Contrition): Un poco lento
Baal shem (version for violin and piano): II. Nigun (Improvisation): Adagio non troppo
Baal shem (version for violin and piano): III. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing): Allegro giocoso

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Nigunim, Hebrew Melodies August 18, 2013 By Henry A. See All My Reviews "Jewish musicians have left an indelible mark on classical music. Jewish composers have contributed countless works to the core repertoire, and Jewish performers are some of the most celebrated in the world. Nigunium, Hebrew Melodies celebrates these contributions through a recording of works inspired by the Hebrew folk song tradition. The album showcases not only the virtuosity of the Shaham’s, but also several Jewish composers. At the center of this album is Nigunim, the piece from with the disc takes its name. Nigunim are Jewish songs, which are often improvised using syllables or text from scripture. The composer, Avner Dorman, describes Nigunim as a fundamental tradition of Jewish music. His piece derives it style from this tradition, though it does so without making use of any existing melodies. Dorman is joined on the album by five other Jewish composers, all of whom make use of the Jewish folksong tradition. Also included are three selections from John William’s score to Schindler’s List. Though Williams is not Jewish, the music he composed for the film musically captures the struggle of the Jewish people during the horrific events of the Holocaust. Listeners will appreciate the distinct character that each piece offers as well as the musical and technical brilliance of the Shaham siblings. These hauntingly beautiful works are sure to inspire a growing interest in Jewish folk music." Report Abuse
 Oh yeah!!! The Shaham’s are in the house!!!!! July 29, 2013 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Okay – I have to admit it – I’d walk a mile in the snow to hear Gil Shaham play violin. Here we have 10 works of Jewish music, played by Mr. Shaham (violin) and his sister Orli (piano). There is a tradition of music in the Jewish culture, and it is rich and warm and sad and so very, very human. And when performed by musicians of this caliber, it is difficult to listen to without focusing on it. Binime’s “Danse Hebraique” is full of energy and vigor, and Achron’s “Hebrew Melody, Op. 33” is filled with virtuosic elements that this pair gives us seemingly effortlessly. This is a truly great piece of music. Dorman’s four movement “Nigunim” is a very difficult to play but very soulful work (although the 2nd movement certainly has “teaching” elements – if you’re a virtuoso!), filled with determination and pathos, pride, and a sense of both unease and resolve. “2 Hebrew Pieces, Op. 35” from Achron are evocative (No. 2, “Lullaby”) and patiently energetic and driven (No. 1, “Dance”, which contains quite a virtuoso passage up and down the violin about mid-way through the piece). What follows are three works by John Williams from the score to “Schindler’s List”, and these are precisely and wonderfully played. Next is Leo Zeitlin’s “Eli Zion”, a very powerful and expressive work originally written for cello and piano, but transcribed for violin and piano by Achron. I had never heard this transcription before, and it is marvelous! Closing the CD is Ernest Bloch’s “Baal Shem” (subtitled “Three Pieces for Chassidic Life”), the first movement aptly titled “Contrition” is stoic and contrite, the second movement (“Nigun”, meaning melody) is strong and powerful, with the last movement (“Simchas Torah”) filled with joyful and personal feeling celebratory music. The recording quality is excellent, and this recording will be spending a lot of time in my CD player. Both of the Shaham siblings do a fantastic job, the result being a recording to be enjoyed again and again. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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