Mar 29, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
MUSIC FORGOTTEN AND REMEMBERED
CONCERT. Violinist Yuval Waldman performs “MUSIC FORGOTTEN AND REMEMBERED” in Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Center, NYC.
Tickets are available at the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office (phone 212-501-3330) - $25, $15 for seniors and students with ID. Website: merkinconcerthall.org
Israeli-American violinist Yuval Waldman will be giving a solo recital of “Music Forgotten and Remembered” at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street, NYC on Tuesday March 29, 2011 at 8 PM.
Born in the Ukraine to Holocaust survivors, Waldman – who has been described as “brilliant” (Musical America) and “spectacular” (New York Times) – has recently been presenting rarely-performed gems composed by Eastern European Jews, many of whom perished during World War II or were silenced by Soviet repression. As Artistic Director of Music Bridges International, Mr. Waldman was able to rediscover these pieces by searching music libraries and obscure music collections in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Israel. They represent a wide spectrum of stylistic influences on Jewish composers: impressionistic, neoclassical, folk and Klezmer. These pieces fill an unexplored gap in early twentieth century Jewish music repertory which fully deserves to be heard today.
“Music Forgotten and Remembered” presents the first New York performance of five of these rediscovered works:
- “Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes” (1952) was composed by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, an outstanding Russian-Jewish composer and close friend of Shostakovich, whose intervention with authorities probably kept Weinberg alive. The piece is a brilliant fantasy on Moldavian and Jewish themes.
- “Lullaby”, an arrangement of a traditional Hebrew song, was composed in the Terezin concentration camp in 1943 by Gideon Klein, a young Czech-Jewish composer. Shortly after he wrote this, Klein was transferred to Auschwitz, where he was murdered.
- “Colloque Sentimentale”, an impressionistic prelude on the poem by Paul Verlaine, was written in 1920 by Czech Jaromir Weinberger, who escaped the Nazis by emigrating to the United States, where he ended up on the music faculty at Ithaca College.
- “Variations on ‘Hatikvah’”, a virtuoso violin solo written in the early 1900’s by then famous, now forgotten Ukrainian Klezmer violinist and composer, Yehiel Goizman.
- “Entrata” from Concerto da Camera (1945), a seldom-heard master work by the Russian emigre and avant-garde composer Arthur Lourie.
Rounding out the program are two French violin masterpieces: “Sonata in A Major” for violin and piano by Cesar Franck, written for the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane”. Mr. Waldman dedicates the performance of these pieces to his mentors Josef Gingold, a student of Eugene Ysaye and Zino Francescatti, the foremost representative of violin French romantic school who performed the “Tzigane” with Maurice Ravel.
Waldman will be assisted by Ukrainian-Israeli pianist Inesa Sinkevych, a prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition.
Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street, NYC
Mar 29, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM