ERIC ZEISL (1905-1959): Requiem Ebraico (The 92nd Psalm) for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Gabriella Pace [soprano], Luisa Francesconi [mezzo], Rodrigo Esteves [baritone]), LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): Halil for Flute, Harp, Percussion and Strings (Sharon Bezaly [flute]), ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951): Kol Nidre, Op. 39 for Speaker, Chorus and Orchestra (Stephen Bronk [speaker]), ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959): Baal Shem for Violin and Orchestra (Vadim Gluzman [violin]).
Catalogue Number: 07L011
Description: Zeisl's 18-minute work from 1945 was originally commissioned for use in a synagogue but, in its later orchestral version, is also a dramatic concert piece which functions as a requiem for the victims of the Holocaust (whose scope and scale would hardly have been understood only months after the war ended). Profoundly melancholy, with suggestions of both Fauré and modal Hebraic song, it concludes with a major key fugue. Hebrew (transliterated)-English texts. São Paulo Symphony Chorus and Orchestra; John Neschling.