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These WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS will appeal to all lovers of orchestral tone poems in the Romantic and modernist traditions. Avshalomov’s delightful miniatures shimmer with colors akin to Rimsky-Korsakov and Far Eastern music. Silver’s penetrating soul portrait of the biblical matriarch Sarah is richly set for a full string orchestra. Meyerowitz’s colossal Symphony Midrash Esther—premiered by the New York Philharmonic under Dimitri Mitropoulus, but recorded here for the first time—presents one of the most dramatic Jewish legends: how Queen Esther of Persia saved the Jewish People from a genocidal attack planned by the wicked courtier Haman. The finale, Purim, celebrates Esther’s triumph.

Avshalomov, Aaron

  4 Biblical Tableaux
1.   No. 1. Queen Esther's Prayer 00:03:35
2.   No. 2. Rebecca by the Well 00:02:08
3.   No. 3. Ruth and Naomi 00:02:21
4.   No. 4. Processional 00:04:01

Silver, Sheila

  Shirat Sara
5.   I. Allegro misterioso 00:07:48
6.   II. Softly, as in prayer 00:05:53
7.   III. Fast and very precise 00:08:51

Meyerowitz, Jan

  Symphony, "Midrash Esther"
8.   I. Andante grave assai 00:03:37
9.   II. Haman: Molto agitato e feroce 00:07:06
10.   III. Esther and Ahasuerus: Adagio - cantabilissimo 00:08:37
11.   IV. Purim: Allegro aggressivo, ma festoso 00:09:06

Total Playing Time: 01:03:03

Avshalomov, Aaron; Meyerowitz, Jan; Silver, Sheila

Levi, Yoel; Schwarz, Gerard

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin); Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559426

Barcode: 0636943942628

Boxset: NMIL51

Physical Release: 07/2004

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