Across Boundaries - Discovering Russia 1910-1940, vol. 2
The creation of the Popular Jewish Music Society in Saint-Petersburg in 1908 marked the beginning of a revival of Jewish music. Among the founders were Lazare Saminsky, Schlomo Rosowsky, Michail Gnessin and Alexandre Shitomirsky, all pupils of Rimski-Korsakov, who was a great admiror of the « huge melodic treasures belonging to the Jewish nation ».
This CD by pianist and musicologist Jascha Nemstov offers an overview of this new school through works for solo piano of three of the most representative Jewish Russian composers of the time, all members of the Jewish Music Society : Joseph Achron, Alexander Weprik and Lazare Saminsky.
Lazare Saminsky (1882-1959)
– Ritual Shabbat dance
– Hebrew Fairytale
– Piano study
Alexander M. Veprik (1899-1958)
– Folk 3 Dances for piano, op. 13b
– Piano Sonata n° 2, op. 5
Joseph Achron (1886-1943)
– Des enfants (Suite)
– Variations Symphoniques et Sonate pour piano sur un thème palestinien, op. 39