Concerts

HEBREW RHAPSODY

April 29, 2005 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

On Friday, April 29, 2005 at 7 p.m.
in Estonia Concert Hall

HEBREW RHAPSODY

Bruch – “Kol Nidrei: Adagio on Hebrew Melodies” for cello and orchestra
Bloch – “Schelomo: Rhapsodie hebraique” for cello and orchestra
Prokofjev – Symphony No. 6 in e flat minor

RAMON JAFFÉ (cello, Germany)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV

The pieces for the cello and orchestra based on Hebrew melodies by two German composers, Max Bruch and Ernest Bloch, belong to the repertoire of many cellists in the world and they are often performed together. “Kol Nidrei” is one of the most famous melodies of traditional Jewish music and has inspired many 20th c. composers. Max Bruch described his first acquaintance with “Kol Nidrei” and other Jewish melodies as following “Though I am a protestant, I felt the astounding beauty of these melodies as an artist and therefore would like to introduce them in my orchestration”. “Kol Nidrei” is a lyrical and straightforward cello piece but Bloch’s “Schelomo” is passionate and complex. At the second half of the concert one can hear the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6. Prokofiev has used Hebrew melodies in his music as well, e.g. in “Overture on Hebrew Themes”
The Jewish cellist Ramon Jaffé was born in Riga but he has been living in Germany for the last 30 years. He has been taught by such masters as David Geringas, Daniel Schafran, Sandor Vegh and Boris Pergamenschikov.
The concert is conducted by the chief conductor of ERSO Nikolai Alexeev. In 2004 he conducted the same programme with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Ramon Jaffé.

With this concert we celebrate the day of intellectual property, the purpose of which is to honour and remember all the authors and the possessors of different rights.

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (60.-)
Concert is produced by ERSO

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (60.-)
Concert is produced by ERSO