PAUL BEN-HAIM (1897-1984): Evocation (Yizkor) for Violin and Orchestra, Violin Concerto, Toccata from 5 Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 (arr. violin and orchestra Moshe Zorman [b.1952]), 3 Studies for Solo Violin, for Violin and Piano: Berceuse sfaradite, 3 Songs without Words.
Catalogue Number: 04U005
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: The 1942 Evocation has the weight and seriousness of purpose which its date - 1942 - demands and is likely influenced by the war in Europe and the persecution of the Jews. It’s in sonata form (and almost 20 minutes in length) and only at its grief-touched close does the composer refer to traditional Jewish music, referring to a traditional type of lament. This is likely only the second recording of the 1960 concerto since the old Angel one by Itzhak Perlman and here Ben-Haim uses mostly Middle Eastern material in a sonata allegro, an Aria and a fiery dance finale. Itamar Zorman (violin), Amy Yang (piano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Philippe Bach.