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WEISGALL: T'kiatot / Psalm of the Distant Dove / A Garden Eastward


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WEISGALL: T'kiatot / Psalm of the Distant Dove / A Garden Eastward

Hugo Weisgall, one of the 20th century’s most individualistic and creative composers, united an early affinity for the musical aesthetics of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern with a lifelong commitment to and fascination with his Jewish heritage. His symphonic masterpiece, T’kiatot, is based on a central section of the traditional Rosh Hashana service in which the shofar (ram’s horn) is sounded three times. The aweinspiring blasts of an actual shofar are set within a richly chromatic orchestral texture to brilliant effect. The song cycle Psalm of the Distant Dove, based on biblical and medieval Hebrew-Spanish poetry, celebrates the mystical, age-old relationship between God and His loving but suffering people Israel, represented by the image of a dove. Also inspired by the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry is A Garden Eastward, one of Weisgall’s most rhapsodic vocal and orchestral conceptions, which the composer once called his “most beautiful work.”

Weisgall, Hugo

  T'kiatot: Rituals for Rosh Hashana
1.   I. Malkhuyyot 00:10:30
2.   II. Zikhronot 00:08:02
3.   III. Shofarot 00:07:01

Weisgall, Hugo
Scheindlin, Raymond P., lyricist(s)

  Psalm of the Distant Dove
4.   Prelude: My Lover Called 00:01:20
5.   Days of Cold are Past 00:02:22
6.   Prelude: The Dove Knows Her Mate 00:02:29
7.   Distant Dove 00:03:59
8.   Elegy 00:01:36
9.   Prelude: Birds Struggle 00:02:48
10.   Avi, Avi 00:04:08

Weisgall, Hugo
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  4 Choral Etudes
11.   Yihyu l'ratzon 00:01:53
12.   Hodu ladonai 00:01:56
13.   B'tzet yisrael 00:01:58
14.   Ki lo na'e 00:02:02

Weisgall, Hugo
Feist, Milton / Ezra, Moses ibn, lyricist(s)

  A Garden Eastward
15.   I. Fantasia 00:04:58
16.   II. Scherzo 00:04:09
17.   III. Free Variations 00:06:28

Total Playing Time: 01:07:39

Weisgall, Hugo

Bible - Old Testament; Ezra, Moses ibn; Feist, Milton; Scheindlin, Raymond P.

Ital, Avner; Mester, Jorge; Schwarz, Gerard

Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra; Seattle Symphony Orchestra

BBC Singers

Bryn-Julson, Phyllis; Martinez, Ana Maria; Okerlund, Kristen; Ovitsky, Steven

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Orchestral; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559425

Barcode: 0636943942529

Boxset: NMIL51

Physical Release: 06/2004

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