Concert The New Jewish School of Saint-Petersburg

As part of the 17th Festival of Jewish Cultures

In 2016, Sarah Iancu, principal cellist of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and David Bismuth, virtuoso pianist, presented their first opus Hebrew Melodies, volume 1 at the National Archives as part of the Festival of Jewish Cultures.

Six years later, the Festival welcomes them back with great pleasure to present their second opus, produced by the European Institute of Jewish Music and devoted in large part to composers from the New Jewish School of Saint-Petersburg.

Thursday June 16, 2022, 8h pm

Archives nationales / Hôtel de Soubise


Sarah Iancu, cello

David Bismuth, piano

Sarah Iancu and David Bismuth invite you to discover composers such as Joel Engel, Alexander Krein, Lazare Saminski, Joachim Stoutchevski, Jacob Weinberg, Leo Zeitlin, who, under the influence of the Russian folk movement at the turn of the 20th century, began collecting, recording and transcribing Yiddish melodies as well as liturgical chants which served as a basis for their compositions, in order to undertake the creation of a national Jewish music

Eastern Europe was at the time a place of artistic experimentation, expressed in particular through Yiddish literature and theatre, the latter making extensive use of songs that quickly became part of the popular repertoire.

These Yiddish songs, imported to the United States, led to the creation in 1925 of the song My Yiddish Momme by Jack Yellen, which became a worldwide hit.

These songs, meditations, dances, prayers and psalmodies resonate with a universal beauty and are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for us.

Fee : 12 €

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