Gala Concert: Avni, Mendelssohn, Weill

Arabella Steinbacher, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln & Lahav Shani
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To celebrate 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and rising star conductor Lahav Shani celebrate three major Jewish composers: Tzvi Avni, born in 1927 in Saarbrücken, is one of Israel's most famous composers. Since the 1960s, faith has played an increasingly important role in his works. Prayer for Strings immerses itself in melodic lines which are interrupted by a restless middle section. Symphony no. 2 by Kurt Weill was written during the rise to power of the National Socialists in Germany – a short while later, Weill would flee to the United States. It is a work that belongs to the romantic tradition, though the spirit of the Threepenny Opera flares up in the presto of the third movement. Arabella Steinbacher is the soloist on Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Violin Concerto in E minor.


A production of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.


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recorded at 02/21/2021, 08:15pm (CET)
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Tzvi Avni: Prayer for strings (1961/69)
  • Tzvi Avni: Prayer for strings (1961/69)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: concerto for violin in e minor op. 64 (1845)
  • I. Allegro molto appassionato
  • II. Andante
  • III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace
Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2 (1934)
  • I. Sostenuto – Allegro molto
  • II. Largo
  • III. Allegro vivace – Presto
  • Interview with Lahav Shani
  • Interview with Marina Weisband