PAUL BEN-HAIM (1897-1984): Pan for Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere Recording), Op. 17, Pastorale Variée for Clarinet, String Orchestra and Harp, Op. 31b, Symphony No. 1.
Catalogue Number: 11W007
Reference: CHAN 20169
Description: The compositions on this album are closely linked to the dramatic years between the composer’s migration to Palestine in 1933 and the founding of the state of Israel, during which hechanged homelands, swapped identities, and, to a large degree, even replaced, or forged, his own unique personal style. The premiere here is of the 15-minute Pan from 1932 whose sensuous richness of orchestration derives from the Impressionism of Debussy and the post-romanticism of Richard Strauss and Mahler. The symphony, begun days before Hitler attacked Poland and finished just after the fall of France, was offered by us in 2011 (11N001). The Pastoral of 1945 uses a folk tune varied with touches of Western European, Hebrew and Arabic musical traditions. Extensive notes accompany this first release in an announced series “Music of Israel”. German-English texts. Claudia Barainsky (soprano), John Bradbury (clarinet), BBC Philharmonic; Omer Meir Wellber.