Mario Davidovsky: Scenes from Shir ha Shirim; Romancero
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL530     Release Date: 2018-10-29
Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Frank Hoffmeister, tenor; Charles Walker, tenor; Raymond Murcell, bass; Parnassus: [Cyrus Stevens, violin; Maureen Gallagher, viola; Christopher Finckel, cello; Donald Palma, bass; Keith Underwood, flute, alto flute; Gerald Reuter, oboe, oboe d'amore; Dennis Smylie, clarinet, bass clarinet; Edmund Neimann, piano; James Preiss, percussion; Anthony Korf, conductor]; Diane Ragains, soprano; Syzygy New Music Ensemble: [Sergiu Luca, violin; John Burton, cello; Peter Middleton, flute, alto flute;, piccolo; Melvin Warner, clarinet, bass clarinet; Larry Livingston, Conductor]

Because he is best known as a composer of instrumental and electronic music, it is perhaps not often mentioned that in his earliest training in Argentina, Mario Davidovsky was steeped in rich and varied vocal traditions. Simply to have been raised in a Latin Catholic country exposed any young musician to both the magnificent tradition of polyphonic music and to a fertile indigenous folk and dance music; Davidovsky’s own youthful experience was further enriched because he was surrounded by the practice of Jewish cantilation which, combined with his serious formal training in violin, persuaded him of the expressive powers and dynamic qualities inherent in the single line. This first recording of Mario Davidovsky’s vocal music gives us the opportunity to imagine how this early immersion in such rich traditions shaped his thinking and influenced his own writing for voice. We may also be better equipped to wrestle with the issues at play in Davidovsky’s other music, once we return to it from the better-informed vantage point of having heard the two vocal pieces recorded here.


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Mario Davidovsky: Scenes from Shir ha Shirim; Romancero

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Track Listing

Scenes from Shir ha Shirim: I. (1, 1-17)
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Scenes from Shir ha Shirim: II. (2, 1-17)
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Scenes from Shir ha Shirim: III. (3, 1-3)
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Romancero: I. Morenica, a mi me llaman
Mario Davidovsky
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Romancero: II. Arriba canes arriba!
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Romancero: III. Seguidillas
Mario Davidovsky
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Romancero: IV. Triste estaba el rey David
Mario Davidovsky
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