Alexander Krein (1883–1951) was a member of a dynasty of Jewish musicians active in both Imperial and Soviet Russia. His compositions reveal the confluence of several strands of musical history: his Russian background, the transition from late Romanticism to early modernism – where the influence of Skryabin is readily audible – and, particularly in the works on this album, the Jewish folk-heritage, with its emotionally powerful blend of high spirits and melancholy.
David Krakauer, clarinet (Tracks 1 – 3, 18 – 19) Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin (Tracks 5 – 10, 12 – 16) Aron Zelkowicz, cello (Tracks 1 – 4, 6, 11, 17 – 19) Rodrigo Ojeda, piano (Tracks 5 – 17) Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Jennifer Orchard, violin (Tracks 1 – 3, 18 – 19) Dennis O’Boyle, violin (Tracks 1 – 3, 18 – 19) Marylène Gingras-Roy, viola (Tracks 1 – 3) Mikhail Istomin, cello (Track 4) Michael Lipman, cello (Track 4) David Premo, cello (Track 4)
Lyric Fragment, Op. 1a, for four cellos (publ. 1901)** https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track04.mp3
Caprice hébraïque, Op. 24, for violin and piano (1917) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track05.mp3
Elegy, Op. 16, for violin, cello and piano (1913) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track06.mp3
Aria, Op. 41, for violin and piano (1927) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track07.mp3
Three Ornaments, Op. 42, for violin and piano (1924–27)*** https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track08.mp3
Jewish Melody, Op. 43, for cello and piano (1927) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track11.mp3
Dances, Op. 50, for piano (1937), arr. Bendix-Balgley***/Heifetz for violin and piano (1941/2018) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track12.mp3
Poème, Op. 10, for cello and piano (1907–10)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track17.mp3
Jewish Sketches No. 2, Op. 13, for clarinet and string quartet (1910) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0546/Track18.mp3
* FIRST RECORDING ** LIVE RECORDING *** FIRST RECORDING OF THIS VERSION
Catalogue No: TOCC0546EAN/UPC: 5060113445469Release Date: 04.10.2019Composer: Alexander Krein Artists: Aron Zelkowicz, David Krakauer, David Premo, Dennis O’Boyle, Marylène Gingras-Roy, Michael Lipman, Mikhail Istomin, Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Rodrigo Ojeda
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