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KING DAVID'S LYRE
A CELEBRATION OF JERUSALEM 3,000


Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano
Cherina Eisenberg in Gershwin & Achron Cradle Song


Program

Caprice Hebraique - Alexander Krein
Hebrew Melody & Hebrew Cradle Song - Alexander Krein
Hebrew Song & Dance Shir Eres (Lullaby for violin solo) & Sonata for Violin Solo - David Hush
Three Jewish Dances - Marc Lavry
Sea-Murmurs - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Sephardic Melody - Paul Ben-Haim
King David's Lyre - Hanoch Jacoby
Second Prelude - George Gershwin


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"It can take its place beside Mischa Elman's (collection), to which it is equal in depth of musicianship and superior in recorded sound. Highly recommended."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"This is one of the most beautiful recordings of Jewish music I've heard. Schiff is a great violinist in every way."


JOURNAL OF JEWISH MUSIC AND LITURGY
"This collection, in celebration of Jerusalem 3,000, is an invaluable contribution."


SAN DIEGO JEWISH TIMES
"...an outstanding disk, which I highly recommend to anyone who is swept by the emotions, the nostalgia and the meaning behind this worthy release."



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HERE'S ONE
American Music For Violin And Piano


Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano

Visit Zina Schiff on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/ZINABIO.htm.

Program

Here's One - William Grant Still
Two Vignettes for Violin and Piano
Summerland
Blues (from Lenox Avenue)
Quit Dat Fool'nish
Sonata for Violin and Piano - Lee Hoiby
The Deserted Garden - Florence Price
Sonata for Violin and Piano - Henry Cowell
Two pieces for Violin and Piano - Aaron Copland


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
""...Schiff plays sympathetically, with the clarity of cloudless skies ...Given the excellence of - and the warm advocacy evident in these recordings, the anthology earns a wholehearted recommendation."


NORTH COUNTY (CA) TIMES
"The... repertoire is as varied as the 50 states and as colorful as the American flag."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Indeed, anyone interested in a program that defines American music could hardly do better than this one."


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THE AURORA DUO

Donna Fairbanks, Violin
Lysa Rytting, Harp

 

 

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Program

Sonata in G Major for Violin and Harp - Gaetano Donizetti
Sonata in d minor for Violin and Harp - Adrian Shaposhinikov
Sonata, op. 406 - Alan Hovhaness
Poema Del Pastor Coya (World Premiere Recording) - Angel E. Lasala
Movements from the Liturgical Dance (World Premiere Recording) - Murray Boren
Fantasie for Violin and Harp, op. 123 - Camille Saint-Saens


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"...a pleasant survey of unhackneyed music...the Sonata, by Adrian Shaposhnikov...sounds like Ravel with a tinge of Slavic melancholy...The first movement (of the Donizetti) is a lovely aria in Donizetti's best manner, which Fairbanks sings with some charm: the second a sprightly cabaletta...(The Boren) sounds like a modern dance scores, liturgical mainly in its serene starkness. The most effective dance combines harp with pizzicato violin. Rytting creates an attractive, ghostly tone quality."




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THE GOLDEN DOVE
Masterpieces from the Jewish Folk Music Society


Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano


Visit Zina Schiff on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/ZINABIO.htm
Program

Hebrew Love Song - Rimsky-Korsakov
Lullaby & Scher - Joseph Achron
Chabad Melody & Freilachs - Joseph Engel
Hebrew Melodies I & II - Zenovi Feldman
Canzona, Scherzo & Berceusse Palestinniene - Jacob Weinberg
Air - Alexander Krein
Dance - Krein-Heifetz
Schajke-Pfaifer's Nigun - Michael Gniessin
Rhapsody & Cradle Song - Solomon Rosowsky
Chasidic Suite - Lazare Saminsky


The Critics Say:
MUSIC & VISION DAILY
"A record prepared from the expertise of the Jewish Folk Music Music Society guarantees an authentic programme of traditional songs. These are not sung, but heard as transcriptions for violin and piano made by Russian composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Engel, Feldman, Achron, Weinberg, Krein, Gniessin, Rosowsky and Saminsky. There is a decided continuity of style, mostly intense and reflective.
Performances are highly sympathetic to Rimsky-Korsakov's enormous regard for the sensitivity of this special repertory, which just preceded the founding of the Jewish Folk Musio Society in 1908.
The American violinist Zina Schiff proves ideal for this material, matched by the excellence of pianist Cameron Grant."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Zina Schiff gives this music a deeply personal voice. She is a remarkable violinist with a huge range of color and nuance. She plays every piece on this recording with intensity and emotional depth. She and Cameron Grant play wonderfully together, but when Schiff plays with her daughter Cherina Carmel, it seems almost as if the two are playing one another's parts."


NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK
"Chamber music for piano and violin, featuring Zina Schiff and Cameron Grant, respectively (with Cherina Carmel filling in at the keyboard on two selections). The Jewish Folk Music Society was founded in St. Petersburg in 1908 at a time when the then-Russian capital was also a center of musical genius. Encouraged by Rimsky-Korsakov, who died before the organization was officially inaugurated, the Society drew from many of his students and was responsible for some truly magnificent music, including the 19 brief pieces recorded here. Schiff is a wonderfully expressive player, and Grant (and Carmel) offer sympathetic and subtle accompaniment. A very beautiful recording. Rating: AAAAA."




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ELIJAH'S VIOLIN

Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano


Visit Zina Schiff on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/ZINABIO.htm
Program

Sonata for Violin and Piano* - David Amram
Haftorah* - Abraham Ellstein
Concertino* - Menahem Avidom
Orientale* - Efrem Zimbalist
Arabic Song & Improvisation and Dance* - Paul Ben-Haim
Zwei Stucke* - Julius Chajes
Ancient Hebrew Airs - Paul Kirman

*World Premiere Recording

The Critics Say:
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
"(The David Amram) is a fascinating sonata and one that makes me keen to hear more...(Ellstein's) Haftorah is loving, impassioned and reverential. It smokes with sinuous ululation...(the Avidom) Concertino is a worldly sweet lilt of a piece with a sort of Havanaise air to it...An attractive and unhackneyed selection of music by Jewish composers much of it with an exotic edginess."

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NEWMUSICBOX
"Abraham Ellstein, though best known for his scores for the Yiddish Theater and Broadway, also penned his share of large and small-scale concert music, including this cantorial setting for violin and piano. "Haftorah" is here recorded by Zina Schiff on her third collection of Jewish music, Elijah's Violin. This brief, charming work captures the ambiance of a Sabbath prayer and then develops into a showpiece while keeping well away from any sort of sentimental caricature."

HADASSAH MAGAZINE
"...at once lively and meditative, rich and spare. Many - such as Julius Chajes "Hechassid" - draw inspiration from traditional Jewish themes."





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