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Jonathan Leibovitz

Musical delicacies inspired by Jewish tradition

Past Event
Wed, 9. November 2022 | 21:45 Uhr

Late Night Concert

  • Osvaldo Golijov (*1960)

    • Graceful, densely slow from "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind"

  • Béla Kovács (1937 – 2021)

    • "Shalom-alekhem, rov Feidman!" (Arr. B. Frenklakh)

  • Dave Tarras (1895 – 1989)

    • "Romanian Doina" and "Zefki, ikh bin dayner sher" (Arr. B. Frenklakh)

  • Itay Dayan (*1999)

    • "Hob Rokhmunes", Fantasy on "Erbarme Dich, mein Gott" from the St. Matthew Passion by J. S. Bach

  • Göran Fröst (*1974)

    • Klezmer Dance No. 3 (based on the traditional song "Mazal Tov Nigun")

In his late night concert, Israeli-born clarinettist Jonathan Leibowitz, winner of the Arthur Waser Scholarship 2022, performs music of the 20th and 21st centuries inspired by Jewish tradition. It may be that the composer came from a Jewish family, or their music was influenced by Jewish traditions such as Klezmer music. Some of the works are well-known, such as the five-part suite “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind”, which gained its Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov an international reputation. There is also music by Dave Tarras, originally from the Ukraine, revered in the USA as a clarinettist and bandleader, and hailed as “The Benny Goodman of Klezmer”. Of particular interest is the Fantasy by Itay Dayan, in which the Israeli-born clarinettist meditates on an aria from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, one of the greatest achievements of Western Christian music.

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