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Freidlin Strophes of Sappho
The Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Josef Bardanashvili was first performed in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, on 23, October, 1979. The performance was presented at the Malie Zal (Small Hall) of the Tbilisi Conservatory under the auspices of the Georgian Union of Composers. The Georgian Chamber orchestra was conducted by E. Isakadze and the solo part was played by Ike Sarkisian, for whom this concerto was originally written. This is the composer’s first experiment involving pol…
Jan Freidlin was born in southern Siberia in 1944 and studied in Odessa where he later taught as Head of the Music Theory department at the famous Stolyarsky Special Music College. He currently teaches at the Levinsky Teachers College in Tel Aviv. Jan Freidlin received the Grand Prix of Varna International Cinema Festival (1978), the AKUM Prize (Israel) for Miscenscens, Sonata for Violin & Cello (1993), 2nd Prize for Letters from Arles for Guitar at the 1995 Guitar Foundation of America Comp…
The verses by Sappho are intended to be read aloud prior to the performance of each Postlude. The Postludes may be performed with equivalent translations to other languages. At the discretion of the harpist, these short epigrams may be omitted. The text is based on the versions published in “Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta,” (Oxford, 1955) edited by Edgar Lobel and Denys Page.
Each Postlude is preceded by a short verse from the poetry of Sappho, intended to be read aloud prior to the performance. though a performance without the poetry reading is equally valid. The Russian and English texts are based versions published in “Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta”, (Oxford, 1955).
Mist Over the Lake was written in 1985 as part of the Forest Pictures suite for Violin & Piano. Mist is a musical reflection of a real and fantastic natural scene the composer had ventured upon. He recalls that he wrote the piece quickly for fear of losing that inspiring but disappearing image. It was first performed in Odessa at the Stolyarsky Music School in 1985.
Jan Freidlin-Sonata of The Wanderings for guitar and violoncello. The initial six movements are all imbued with the idea of reflecting on different feelings, impressions and sensations of the same person. The several dramatic collisions in these movements employ divergent styles and trends, such as the Bossa-Nova improvisation in movement V. The dramatic center of the work is in movement VI, reaching there a culmination of tension which resolves in the catharsis of the last movement, an open fin…
Jan Freidlin-Letters from Arles, (After Van Gogh).
Lior Yekutieli was born in Israel on 1964. He started playing classical guitar when he was 9 years old. Three years later, Lior already gave live recitals, played as a soloist with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and in varied TV and radio recorded concerts. At the same period, Lior has won the American-Israel scholarship, with merits, on each year between 1975 and 1983. At the age of twenty, Lior became interested in Jazz music and developed his improvising and composing skills. In 1989, he tr…
Eli Magen was born in Paris. His mother was Ariadna Alexandrovna Skriabina, daughter of the famous composer Alexander Skriabin. It is hard to tell if Eli Magen’s work has any connection to his famous grandfather. But whether it does or does not, the work stands on its own merit, and so does the composer.
“Yo m'enamori d’un aire” (I fell in love with her charms) and “Morenica” (roughly—Black Beauty) are two of the most well known Sephardic romanzas. They are taken from the tradition of the Sephardic Jews from Turkey, Greece and the Balkan. These arrangements try to capture their fresh modal features: one, Oriental rooted with an augmented second, the other, a fluent, diatonicaly ornamented melismatic melody. The first is treated mainly in a two part imitati…
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