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|Joseph Achron, Gerard Schwarz, Joseph Silverstein|
Joseph Achron: Violin Concerto/Golem Suite (Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)
"Dionysian imbalanced exaltation?from restless, mysterious meditation of strongly religious character to dizzying Dervish-like ecstasy" was how one newspaper critic described the 1927 premiere of Achron?s Violin Concerto N... more »
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"Dionysian imbalanced exaltation?from restless, mysterious meditation of strongly religious character to dizzying Dervish-like ecstasy" was how one newspaper critic described the 1927 premiere of Achron?s Violin Concerto No. 1. In fact, Achron filled his concerto with biblical cantillation melodies that have roots in Jewish antiquity. Mysterious legends of the past and biblical stories also inspired him to create exotic orchestral tone poems based on the Golem of Prague and Belshazzar?s Feast.
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Devlish Concerto, But amazing. Bravo
Ho J. Kim | 06/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
I was listening to radio and this wasn't ordinary violin concerto.
I knew that this was a modern concerto but it wasn't just one of those kinds.
I waited 30 to 40 minutes , listening to this masterpiece.
Somehow it's a devilish piece , but has an unique taste.
The violinist is brilliant.
The orchestra/conductor are brilliant.
I recommend this CD to everyone."
Mildly interesting music, well played
G.D. | Norway | 11/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Joseph Achron (1886-1943) was, apparently, an excellent violinist, and it shows in his rhapsodic and intense first violin concerto. Intermingled with the fervently intense episodes are moments of romantic lyricism, and the whole thing is musically maybe closest to Ernst Bloch - with more than a dash of Scriabin. Oliveira dispatches all hurdles thrown at him, and he is nicely accompanied by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Joseph Silverstein.
The suite from The Golem is an atmospheric five-movement work with several original touches and the Belshazzar tableaux are inventive and colorful, somewhat Hollywoodish pieces.
Despite the interesting touches, I am not sure Achron's music really adds up to very much; the final impression is, in fact, rather anodyne. The music is splendidly played, of course, and the sound is fine. I'd give it a qualified recommendation."