Russian Jewish Classics, Volume 3JOEL ENGEL (1868-1927): Adagio Misterioso for Violin, Cello, Harp and Harmonium, Op. 22*, 3 Yiddish Songs for Voice, Oboe and Piano, Suite The Dybbuk for Clarinet, Strings and Percussion, Op. 35, Hen hu hivtiach li for Voice, Violin and Piano*, 2 Violinstücke, Op. 20, from 50 Children’s Songs for Voice and Piano: Nos. 1, 2 and 9, Zumerfeygele from 11 Children’s Songs, Op. 36*, I. KAPLAN (18??-19??): Air for Violin, Harp and Harmonium*, ALEXANDER ZHITOMIRSKY (1881-1937): Az ikh volt gehat dem keysers oystres for Voice, Oboe and Piano, Op. 4/2. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 08T040
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0337
Description: Engel is unofficially considered ''the father of Jewish music'', paving the way for a nationalist movement that used Yiddish and Hebrew folksongs as the basis of a serious art-form. Well before Kodály and Bártok in Hungary, Engel went out to the shtetls of eastern Europe, writing down the villagers' songs and then composing music inspired by his excursions. This first-ever album of his music reveals the melodic immediacy of these songs and instrumental pieces, capturing the soul of a people and a centuries-old vanished culture. Yiddish-English texts. Rachel Calloway (mezzo), Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival.