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ACHRON: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Golem / 2 Tableaux from Belshazzar


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ACHRON: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Golem / 2 Tableaux from Belshazzar

“Dionysian imbalanced exaltation… from restless, mysterious meditation of strongly religious character to dizzying Dervish-like ecstasy” was how one newspaper critic described the 1927 premiere of Achron’s Violin Concerto no. 1. In fact, Achron filled his concerto with biblical cantillation melodies that have roots in Jewish antiquity. Mysterious legends of the past and biblical stories also inspired him to create exotic orchestral tone poems based on the Golem of Prague and Belshazzar’s Feast. All of these works are recorded here for the first time.

Achron, Joseph

  Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 60
1.   I. Allegro Moderato 00:24:57
2.   II. Improvisations sur 2 themes yemeniques 00:10:34
3.   I. Creation of the Golem 00:02:37
4.   II. The Golem's Rampage 00:01:19
5.   III. The Fatigued Wanderer (Lullaby) 00:03:11
6.   IV. Dance of the Phantom Spirits 00:02:29
7.   V. Petrifying of the Golem 00:02:55
  Belshazzar: 2 Tableaux
8.   No. 1. Allegro energico 00:10:47
9.   No. 2. Belshazzar's Feast 00:06:23

Total Playing Time: 01:05:12

Achron, Joseph

Schwarz, Gerard; Silverstein, Joseph

Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Oliveira, Elmar

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559408

Barcode: 0636943940822

Boxset: NMIL51

Physical Release: 10/2004

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