German and Israeli Composers on Jewish Themes

German and Israeli Composers on Jewish Themes

Israeli pianist Vered Reznik and German cellist Wolfram Koessel collaborate on a program of music by German composers and Israeli composers of German descent.
During the period between the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, German philosophy, science, and music were infused with Jewish culture and consciousness, resulting in great contributions by both Germans and Jews.  This was a period of remarkable history that ended brutally with the Holocaust.
The program is dedicated to composers who formed a successful link between the Germanic tradition and Jewish culture, both in Germany and Israel. Works by Beethoven, Bruch, Stutchevsky, Ben-Haim, and Mendelssohn touch on a range of Jewish themes including prayer, folk music and history.
This program has been performed at the Goethe Institute Boston, Old Westbury Gardens, SUNY Purchase, and a special performance for the Israeli and German Embassies celebrating forty years of diplomatic relations. It was also performed throughout Israel in January 2007.

From New York to Jerusalem

From New York to Jerusalem

From Sephardic melodies to modern Israeli compositions, this New York based flute and piano duo takes the listeners on a fascinating journey between three continents, and through two centuries of Jewish and Israeli music.
Musical works by Paul Ben-Haim, Aharon Harlap, Ernest Bloch, Bernstein and Gershwin. The program also includes selected poetry from Yehuda Amichai and Leah Goldberg.
This program samples the exciting adventure in Jewish music that started with the European Emancipation and continues to flourish in Israel and America today.
This program was recently performed at the SAJE concert series, Rye Community Synagogue, (Rye, NY) and Temple Israel, Boston, MA.

Trombone & Piano Recital

Trombone & Piano Recital

A collaboration with the wonderful trombonist Haim Avitsur and includes works by Bach, Brahms, Defay and Robert Cuckson. Also available is an Israeli-Jewish program.

The Brahms songs were written originally for voice, with text from Ecclesiastes. The Cuckson sonata is inspired by the Yiddish author Shalom Asch's “Kiddush Ha Shem", which describes a 17th century pogrom in Poland.