ROMAN RYTERBAND (1914-1979): Two Desert Scenes for Flute, Violin and Harp, Violin and Harp: 3 Ballades Hébraiques, Sonata Breve, 2 Images for Harp, ARTUR GELBRUN (1913-1985): Introduction and Arabesque for Harp, MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, Op. 127.
Catalogue Number: 12R038
Label: Harp & Company
Description: Like Weinberg, Gelbrun and Ryterband are Polish composers who escaped the Holocaust, the latter via France and the U.S. and the former in Switzerland and then Israel. Gelbrun’s five-minute piece is dodecaphonic (which you’ll never believe while listening to it) while Ryterband forages widely in 20th century materials, from a Gallic neo-classicism to romantic settings of Jewish music (songs in the Ballades and pictorialism in the Images: Songs of Olden Times and At Sunset Beneath Palms) and of Southern California desert Cahuilla Indian themes in the Desert Scenes: A Smoke Tree Dreams and The Tahquitz Falls. Rachel Talitman (harp), Daniel Rubenstein (violin), Marcos Fregnani-Martins (flute), Pierre-Henri Xuereb (viola).