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Quartet from the East

by Max Stern

Often lilting, rhythmic and dance-like in character these works have been praised for originality, authenticity, expressive warmth and beauty. The chamber music on this album was recorded by artists who collaborated with the composer.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Quartet from the East: Exile (13:56) Mariko Masuda, Violin; Nicola Bulfone, Clarinet; Marco Dalsass, Violoncello; Dario Sepini, Piano
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2. Quartet from the East: Penitence (7:26) Mariko Masuda, Violin; Nicola Bulfone, Clarinet; Marco Dalsass, Violoncello; Dario Sepini, Piano
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3. Quartet from the East: Return (10:36) Mariko Masuda, Violin; Nicola Bulfone, Clarinet; Marco Dalsass, Violoncello; Dario Sepini, Piano
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4. Piano Sonata (10:33) David Hollander, Piano
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5. Gematria for Bassoons (10:44) Leon Sonnenblit, Bassoons
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6. String Quartet: in Grief and Rage (15:29) String Quartet
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Album Notes
Ouartet from the East (1993)
based upon sacred songs of Jews from Arab-Muslim lands
for violin, clarinet, cello and piano

Exile: Variations - Penitence: Verse-Refrain - Return: Potpourri

The scared songs (piyutim) of Jews who lived for centuries under Islamic rule are expressions of faith, suffering in exile, longing and love for redemption in Zion.
Often improvisatory and ornamental in character, they are no less frequently lilting, rhythmic and dance-like> The songs include: Yoducha Raiyonai (Morocco), Anenu (Egypt), Adon Hakol (Yemen), Ma Navu (Irag), Hallelujah (Jerisalem Sephardim), Ashir L'Eyl (Aleppo, Syria).

Performers: Concerto del Quartetto - Mariko Masuda, violin; Nicola Bulfone, clarinet; Marco Dalsass, violoncello and Dario Sepini, piano.
Recorded in Teatro Accademico, Castelfranco, January 18, 1994.

Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (1967)
Grazioso - Adagio - Tempestuoso

Piano Sonata is an expressive narrative flowing from enthusiasm and warmth, through melancholy, to resolve and exaltation. The linear texture is colored in polychromal sonorities.

Performer: David Hollander
Recorded: Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, April 12, 1978

Gemartia (1984)
for bassoons

Gematria is an aleatory-electric work structured in open form (duration: 8'-13') and involving indeterminacy and improvisation. It is a mystical work based on the numerical permutations of the Hebrew text: All Israel has a portion in the world to come (Isaiah 60:21).
Scored for multiple bassoon ensemble it is an interactive dialogue between performer and pre-recorded delay-track tape.

Performer: Leon Sonnenblit
Recorded and prepared tape: Jerusalem, October 1988 by Kalmen Kinnory

String Quartet "In Grief and Rage" (1971/2001)
for 2 violins, viola, and cello
Grave - Con Fuoco - Grave - Con Fuoco - Grave - Con Fuoco - Grave - Con Fuoco - Grave

An abstract atonal work, String Quartet "In Grief and Rage" is a free flowing set of double alternating variations. Contrasting tempi and motifs integrate, metamorphose and build towards climax, repose and resolution.









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