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The Violin Composition by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926)
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67841
Recording details: February 1996
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Produced by Eric Wen
Engineered by Yuval Karin & Vadim Beili
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 9 minutes 10 seconds

'Shaham and Erez deliver outstandingly committed performances, revelling in the music's virtuosity, fantasy and heightened intensity of expression' (BBC Music Magazine)

Two Hebrew Pieces, Op 35

Hebrew Dance  [6'07]
Hebrew Lullaby  [3'03]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Achron was an advocate of a new Jewish style which he believed should assimilate traditional elements within a sophisticated overall synthesis. This aesthetic is evident in Hazan for cello, Op 34 (1912), and in works that followed. Many of these quote sources at the head of the score, as in the Hebrew Dance, Op 35 No 1, introduced by a solemn piano introduction using a slow version of the source tune. A rhapsodic violin soliloquy alternates twice with a rhythmic dance, full of scintillating violin passagework and a dazzling flourish. The Hebrew Lullaby, Op 35 No 2, is a meditative nocturne based on a rising three-note motif from the source folksong, developed in veiled textures and counterpoint over a sustained pedal bass.

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2012

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