Solomon Rosowsky: Chamber Music and Yiddish Songs

Catalogue No: TOCC0479
EAN/UPC: 5060113444790
Release Date: 2018-05-01
Composer: Solomon Rosowsky
Artists: Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, Rachel Calloway, Sari Gruber

This fourth album in the Toccata ‘Russian Jewish Classics’ series is devoted to one of the founding members of the influential Society for Jewish Folk Music in St Petersburg, Solomon Rosowsky (1878–1962). The son of a prominent cantor, Rosowsky was an eminent scholar of synagogue chant in his own right, but his instrumental and vocal chamber music reveals much wider influences, ancient and modern. From a whirling showpiece for piano trio via tender lullabies to the Mediterranean desert evoked in the Biblical drama Jacob and Rachel, Rosowsky’s music embraces the rich and varied heritage of the Jewish people.

Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival
Sari Gruber, soprano (Track 10)
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano (Tracks 4 – 6, 14)

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Rhapsodie: Récitatif et Danse Hassidique for cello and piano (1934)
  2. An der Wiege for violin and piano (1924)
  3. Fantastic Dance, Op. 6 for violin, cello and piano
  4. Three Yiddish songs for voice and piano

  5. Lomir zikh iberbetn (1914)
  6. A viglid, Op. 4, No. 2
  7. Ikh bin a bal-agole (1914)
  8. [Three Pieces], Op. 8*

  9. No. 1 Chassidic Melody for oboe and piano
  10. No. 2 Nigun on a sof for flute, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet and two bassoons
  11. No. 3 Moshe der shuster for flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet and two bassoons
  12. Viglid No. 2 (‘Ale-lule’) for voice and piano
  13. Suite from ‘Jacob and Rachel’ for voice, piano four hands, flute and percussion* (1927)

  14. I Entrance of the Slaves
  15. II Rachel’s Appearance and Dance
  16. III Lavan’s Haste
  17. IV Leah’s Lament and the Brothers’ Entertainment
  18. V Dance of Lavan’s Folk


1 review for Solomon Rosowsky: Chamber Music and Yiddish Songs

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    ‘Production values here are dedicated, from the documentation the recording and performances, and ensure the continuing value of this release and the series in general.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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