Gerald Cohen: Generations
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR879     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Maria Lambros, viola; Michael Kannen, cello; Marija Stroke, piano; Gerald Cohen, baritone; Curtis Macomber, violin; Calvin Wiersma, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; Kathryn Palange, soprano; Alice Lee, piano; Gregory Wood, cello; David Abrams, clarinet; Syracuse Children's Chorus; Barbara Tagg, Conductor

We remember and we imagine. We memorialize the past and nurture hopes for the future. We use tradition as raw material for the new and the innovative.

These ideas are the motivating forces in Gerald Cohen’'s music. He is a composer, but he is also a cantor, a teacher and a parent. All of these pursuits involve a passing on of traditions—musical, religious, family—so that others may carry them into the future.

From life comes art, and so it is natural that the pieces on this disc are all, in one way or another, involved with the idea of tradition passed on. There are contemporary settings of traditional Jewish texts. There is a memorial to a late father and a blessing for a young child. Even the musical building blocks—the forms and the language—reflect an engagement with tradition, making new ideas comprehensible by their relationship to the old.

Cohen avidly weaves together several different traditions, including the "classics" of Western music (especially the music of Beethoven and Brahms); the musical traditions of the 20th century (some crucial composers in that regard are Mahler, Bartok, Britten and Copland); the traditions of Jewish texts; and the traditions of Jewish liturgical and secular music. His comprehensive knowledge of Western art music informs his specifically Jewish works, and the echoes of his cantorial training and his cultural heritage appear, as if inevitable, in his pure concert music. His music reflects all of these traditions, creating a musical voice that is distinctly his own.

In the end, however, a musical work does not succeed because of its origins or preoccupations. Cohen’s music succeeds so beautifully because it lives and breathes with vitality, energy, tenderness and sincerity.
-Michael Kannen


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

Trio for viola, cello and piano: I. Slow, mysterious - Broadly
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Trio for viola, cello and piano: II. Fast
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Trio for viola, cello and piano: III. Slow, calm
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Four Songs on Hebrew Texts: Y'varech'cha (May you be blessed)
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Four Songs on Hebrew Texts: Ad matai (How long?)
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Four Songs on Hebrew Texts: Adonai ro'i (The Lord is my shepherd)
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Four Songs on Hebrew Texts: V'haarev na (May The words be sweet)
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String Quartet No. 2: I. Lively, graceful
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String Quartet No. 2: II. Elegy: Slow, hushed
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String Quartet No. 2: III. Very fast
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: I. V'higad'ta L'vincha(And you shall tell your child)
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: II. Avadim hayinu (We were slaves to Pharaoh)
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: III. Ha lachma anya (This is the bread of affliction)
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: IV. Dayeinu (It would have been enough)
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: V. B'chol dor vador (In every generation)
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V'higad'ta L'vincha: VI. L'fichach (Therefore we should thank)
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