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KING DAVID'S LYRE
CD 4002
UPC Code #615594400220
KING DAVID'S LYRE
A CELEBRATION OF JERUSALEM 3,000
ZINA SCHIFF, violin
CAMERON GRANT, piano


Cherina Eisenberg in Gershwin & Achron CradleSong


CRITIC'S CHOICE
BEST OF 1997
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"It can take its place beside Mischa Elman's (collection), to whichit is equal in depth of musicianship and superior in recorded sound. Highlyrecommended"

- Fanfare

"This is one of the most beautiful recordings of Jewishmusic I've heard. Schiff is a great violinist in every way."

- American Record Guide

"This collection, in celebration of Jerusalem 3,000, is an invaluablecontribution"

- Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy

"...an outstanding disk, which I highly recommend to anyone who is sweptby the emotions, the nostalgia and the meaning behind this worthy release.

- David Amos, San Diego Jewish Times
Program

  • Alexander Krein - Caprice Hebraique
  • Joseph Achron - Hebrew Melody & Hebrew Cradle Song
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. - Hebrew Song & Dance
  • David Hush - Shir Eres (Lullaby for violin solo) & Sonata for Violin Solo
  • Marc Lavry - Three Jewish Dances
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Sea-Murmurs
  • Paul Ben-Haim - Sephardic Melody
  • Hanoch Jacoby - King David's Lyre
  • George Gershwin - Second Prelude

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HERE'S ONE
CD 4005
UPC Code #615594400527
HERE'S ONE

AMERICAN MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
ZINA SCHIFF, violin
AMERON GRANT, piano


CRITIC'S CHOICE
BEST OF 1997
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"...Schiff plays sympathetically, with the clarity of cloudless skies...Given the excellence of - and the warm advocacy evident in theserecordings, the anthology earns a wholehearted recommendation"

- Fanfare


"The... repertoire is as varied as the 50 states and as colorful asthe American flag."

- North County (CA) Times


"Indeed, anyone interested in a program that defines American musiccould hardly do better than this one"

- American Record Guide


Selected by WGBH radio for its international Art of the Statesprogram.

Program:
  • William Grant Still - Here's One
  • Two Vignettes for Violin and Piano
  • Summerland
  • Blues (from Lenox Avenue)
  • Quit Dat Fool'nish
  • Lee Hoiby - Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Florence Price - The Deserted Garden
  • Henry Cowell - Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Aaron Copland - Two pieces for Violin and Piano

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AURORA DUO
CD 4010
UPC Code #615594401029
THE AURORA DUO
Donna Fairbanks, Violin
Lysa Rytting, Harp

"...a pleasant survey of unhackneyed music...the Sonata, by Adrian Shaposhnikov...sounds like Ravel with a tinge of Slavic melancholy...The first movement (of the Donizetti) is a lovely aria in Donizetti's best manner, which Fairbanks sings with some charm: the second a sprightly cabaletta...(The Boren) sounds like a modern dance scores, liturgical mainly in its serene starkness. The most effective dance combines harp with pizzicato violin. Rytting creates an attractive, ghostly tone quality."

- Fanfare


The greatly-anticipated debut recording from the superb Aurora Duo presents unique and beautiful but rarely-heard repertoire for violin and harp. Acclaimed violinist Donna Fairbanks and harp virtuoso Lysa Rytting explore this repertoire in a musical journey around the world featuring compositions by America's Alan Hovhaness and Murray Boren, Italy's Gaetano Donizetti, France's Camille Saint-Saens, Argentina's Angel Lasala and Russia's Adrian Shaposhinikov.

Program:
  • Gaetano Donizetti - Sonata in G Major for Violin and Harp
  • Adrian Shaposhinikov - Sonata in d minor for Violin and Harp
  • Alan Hovhaness - Sonata, op. 406
  • Angel E. Lasala - Poema Del Pastor Coya (World Premiere Recording)
  • Murray Boren - Movements from the Liturgical Dance (World Premiere Recording)
  • Camille Saint-Saens - Fantasie for Violin and Harp, op. 123

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THE GOLDEN DOVE
Masterpieces from the Jewish Folk Music Society

Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano


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"Chamber music for piano and violin, featuring Zina Schiff and Cameron Grant, respectively (with Cherina Carmel filling in at the keyboard on two selections). The Jewish Folk Music Society was founded in St. Petersburg in 1908 at a time when the then-Russian capital was also a center of musical genius. Encouraged by Rimsky-Korsakov, who died before the organization was officially inaugurated, the Society drew from many of his students and was responsible for some truly magnificent music, including the 19 brief pieces recorded here. Schiff is a wonderfully expressive player, and Grant (and Carmel) offer sympathetic and subtle accompaniment. A very beautiful recording. Rating: AAAAA."

- New York Jewish Week


Program:
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Hebrew Love Song
  • Joseph Achron - Lullaby & Scher
  • Joseph Engel - Chabad Melody & Freilachs
  • Zenovi Feldman - Hebrew Melodies I & II
  • Jacob Weinberg - Canzona, Scherzo & Berceusse Palestinniene
  • Alexander Krein - Air
  • Krein-Heifetz - Dance
  • Michael Gniessin - Schajke-Pfaifer's Nigun
  • Rhapsody & Cradle Song - Solomon Rosowsky
  • Lazare Saminsky - Chasidic Suite

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CD 4030
UPC Code #681585403020
ELIJAH'S VIOLIN

Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano


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Program:
  • David Amram - Sonata for Violin and Piano*
  • Abraham Ellstein - Haftorah*
  • Menahem Avidom - Concertino*
  • Efrem Zimbalist - Orientale*
  • JPaul Ben-Haim - Arabic Song & Improvisation and Dance*
  • Julius Chajes - Zwei Stucke*
  • Paul Kirman - Ancient Hebrew Airs
- *World Premiere Recording


"(The David Amram) is a fascinating sonata and one that makes me keen to hear more...(Ellstein's) Haftorah is loving, impassioned and reverential. It smokes with sinuous ululation...(the Avidom) Concertino is a worldly sweet lilt of a piece with a sort of Havanaise air to it...An attractive and unhackneyed selection of music by Jewish composers much of it with an exotic edginess."
- MusicWeb International
Read the complete review here.


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