Paul Ben-Haim: Music for Strings Talia Or, Bettina Aust, Christine Steinbrecher, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie & Gabriel Adorján
Composer: Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984): Concerto for Strings, Op. 40:
- 1Ben-Haim: Concerto for Strings, Op. 40: I. Preambolo04:02
- 2Ben-Haim: Concerto for Strings, Op. 40: II. Capriccio05:20
- 3Ben-Haim: Concerto for Strings, Op. 40: III. Intermezzo Lirico04:21
- 4Ben-Haim: Concerto for Strings, Op. 40: IV. Finale05:59
- Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B:
- 5Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Theme01:38
- 6Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. I01:39
- 7Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. II01:41
- 8Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. III01:53
- 9Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. IV02:20
- 10Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. V01:49
- 11Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée, for Clarinet, Harp and String Orchestra, Op. 31B: Var. VI (Epilogue)04:57
- Three Songs without Words, for Voice or Instrument and 12 Strings:
- 12Ben-Haim: Three Songs without Words, for Voice or Instrument and 12 Strings: No. 1, Arioso03:27
- 13Ben-Haim: Three Songs without Words, for Voice or Instrument and 12 Strings: No. 2, Ballad02:45
- 14Ben-Haim: Three Songs without Words, for Voice or Instrument and 12 Strings: No. 3, Sephardic Melody03:39
- Music for Strings:
- 15Ben-Haim: Music for Strings: I. Melody02:59
- 16Ben-Haim: Music for Strings: II. Canon02:15
- 17Ben-Haim: Music for Strings: III. Serenade02:41
- 18Ben-Haim: Music for Strings: IV. Aria03:10
- 19Ben-Haim: Music for Strings: V. Finale03:55
Info for Paul Ben-Haim: Music for Strings
All the works on this album date from the period between 1945 and 1956. It was a good decade for Paul Ben-Haim, but it represents only a fraction of the artistic career of a composer who left over 250 works to posterity.
Nevertheless, these years were of particular significance for him. The end of the Second World War in 1945 and the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 were part of a time of hope, new beginnings and renewal, while the shadow of the preceding catastrophic events in Europe and the painful memories of persecution, expulsion and exile still lingered.
Born Paul Frankenburger in Munich in 1897, the Jewish composer fled the threat of Nazi persecution as early as 1933 and settled in Palestine, where he changed his surname to Ben-Haim ("Son of Henry"). His exceptional musical abilities and quick adaptability soon enabled him to find a new existence as a composer, conductor and conservatory professor.
And because he strove to find a musical language that did justice to his need for artistic expression and the circumstances of his new home, Ben-Haim soon found a personal style that was to shape a whole generation of younger musicians in Israel ... (excerpts from the booklet notes by Tobias Reinhard)
Talia Or, soprano
Bettina Aust, clarinet
Christine Steinbrecher, harp
Gabriel Adorján, direction
was born into a family of musicians in Jerusalem and grew up in Germany. She started playing the violin as a child. At the age of ten she appeared on stage of the Stadttheater Aachen for the first time. In 2003 she completed her vocal studies for Lied and Oratorio at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg with honors. She earned her opera diploma in a production of Elisabeth Stöppler. While still a student, she made her stage debut at the Hamburg State Opera.
Afterwards she was engaged by the Young Ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. At the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz she sang as a guest at the same time. Until 2009 she belonged to the ensemble of the house. Here she worked on roles such as Pamina, Anna Reich, Gretel, Lauretta and Rosina.
At the Bavarian State Opera she sang Amour /Orphée, the Young Girl/ Moses and Aaron, among others. She received special attention from the critics in 2005 for the role of the Daughter of the Broommaker in Humperdinck's Die Königskinder. Talia Or was lucky enough to work with some major conductors including Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda, Kirill Petrenko, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton and Andris Nelsons.
Among the stations of her operatic career are Parsifal under Lorin Maazel and directed by Werner Herzog at the Palau de las Artes in Valencia, Così fan tutte at the Hamburg State Opera and at the New National Theater in Tokyo in a new production of Damiano Michieletto.
One of her greatest successes came in 2012 as Marzelline/Fidelio at the Teatro Regio Torino under Gianandrea Noseda, for which she received enthusiastic applause and the same critics. She made her debut at La Scala in Milan in Claus Guth's production of Die Frau ohne Schatten.
This was followed by engagements as Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus under Leo Hussain at the Landestheater Salzburg, at the Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo as Tatyana/ Evgeny Onegin, as Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel at the Theatre de La Monnaie in Bruxelles under Lothar Königs, and as Eva in the celebrated Potsdam Winter Opera Il primo omicidio (Scarlatti) with the Potsdam Chamber Academy under the direction of Andrea Moses.
Talia Or has also made a name for herself as a song and concert singer. Her varied concert repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart and Rossini to Offenbach, Schönberg, Poulenc and Richard Strauss. Extraordinary highlights were Mahler's 2nd Symphony under Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Mozart's C minor Mass under Andris Nelsons and the Christmas Oratorio under Peter Schreier in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Other important engagements have taken her to renowned concert stages such as the Salzburg Festspielhaus, the OSESP São Paolo, the Tel Aviv Philharmonic, the Hamburg Musikhalle and the Munich Gasteig. In addition to the classical repertoire, she interprets with great passion works by contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Fabio Vacchi and Moritz Eggert.
Several CD recordings of Talia Or are available. Bach cantatas conducted by Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as complete recordings of Sisara and L'Armonia, dedicated to the work of Simon Mayr.