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Paul Ben-Haim – Evocation

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2398 SACD
Release date2019-03-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time65:00

Paul Frankenburger left his native Germany in 1933 in response to the National Socialists’ rise to power. Up to that point he had been fully immersed in the German tradition and his compositions followed in the footsteps of the great German post-Romantics like Mahler. Yet after arriving to the British Mandate of Palestine, not only did he change his name to Paul Ben-Haim, but his compositional style underwent a profound change as well. Devised by the young violinist Itamar Zorman, this album tracks how the music of the region gradually became an integral part of Ben-Haim’s compositions. Six works spanning four decades represent different stages in this process of synthesis between East and West, the transformation of Frankenburger into Ben-Haim.

Zorman, a prize-winner in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, is supported by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach in the opening Evocation (Yizkor) from 1942, and the Violin Concerto, as well as in the arrangement (by the father of the soloist) of a Toccata, originally composed for the piano. These are interspersed by Three Songs without Words and Berceuse sfaradite, one of Ben-Haim’s most popular works, in which Itamar Zorman is partnered by pianist Amy Yang. Also part of the programme is Ben-Haim’s last composition for the violin, the Three Studies for Solo Violin, written in 1981 for Yehudi Menuhin.
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$ 15.58
Extra material for download
  Composer: Ben-Haim, Paul
  Evocation (Yizkor) - Poem for violin and orchestra (1942) 
01 Evocation (Yizkor) - Poem for violin and orchestra (1942) 19:26 $ 4.66 USD
  Three Songs without Words (1951) 09:46
02 I. Arioso 04:12 $ 1.01 USD
03 II. Ballad 02:25 $ 0.58 USD
04 III. Sephardic Melody 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
  Violin Concerto (1960) 21:06
05 I. Allegro 07:16 $ 1.74 USD
06 II. Andante affettuoso 05:33 $ 1.33 USD
07 III. Vivo 08:17 $ 1.99 USD
  Three Studies (1981) 06:58
08 I. Vivo 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
09 II. Fuga 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
10 III. Presto e molto leggiero 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
  Berceuse sfaradite (1945)
11 Berceuse sfaradite (1945) for violin and piano 03:47 $ 0.91 USD
  Toccata from Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 (1943), arr. Moshe Zorman 
12 Toccata from Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 (1943), arr.
Moshe Zorman
03:52 $ 0.93 USD
  Album total 65:00
ComposerBen-Haim, Paul
ViolinZorman, Itamar
OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales
ConductorBach, Philippe
PianoYang, Amy
ArrangerZorman, Moshe

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