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David Chesky (b.1956): Dora's Dance; Violin Concerto No. 3 et al. 'Joy & Sorrow' / David Chesky, violin. Chelsea SO, Segal

Album Summary

>Chesky, David : Dora's Dance, for orchestra
>Chesky, David : Concerto for Violin no 3 ("The Klezmer Concerto")
>Chesky, David : The Wiener Psalm, for bass & orchestra
>Chesky, David : Betty's March, for orchestra
>Chesky, David : The Fiddle Maker, for clarinet & orchestra
>Chesky, David : Arbeit Macht Frei, for cello & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

While in Poland attending the performances of his opera The Mice War at the Krakow Opera, David Chesky and conductor Yaniv Segal took a life changing trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Emotionally shaken by the experience, David wanted to create works not only depicting the sorrows of the death camps, but the joys and celebrations that encompass all aspects of Jewish life. David took the Eastern European musical language of Klezmer and used it as the building blocks to construct these modern Jewish works for The Chelsea Symphony featuring soloists Artur Kaganovskiy (violin), Ethan Herschenfeld (bass), Moran Katz (clarinet), and Kristina Reiko Cooper (cello).

Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, The Chelsea Symphony appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure Classical music ever recorded.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
David Chesky is, with his brother Norman, the founder of this record label, one very respected by audiophiles. He developed a recording technique he calls "Binaural", where the microphones are placed in the ears of a model human head that looks like a crash-test dummy's. The Binaural Series was meant to be heard through headphones. This release is in the Binaural+ Series, recorded with different techniques so that it works well for both headphone and speaker listening. The sound is very clear and clean through speakers.

The concerto - and most of the pieces on this program - has such a strong klezmer influence that it's almost as much klezmer as classical. I've liked klezmer from the moment I heard it a few decades back. They are mostly in the same key, are built with four-bar phrases, and have time signatures in a four-pattern. Chesky's style is direct and uncomplicated and that aspect is refreshing. 'Betty's March' and 'The Fiddle Maker' are similar-sounding klezmer tunes, in the same basic key as the concerto movements. All the musicians are of a very high caliber.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014).



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Works Details

>Chesky, David : Dora's Dance, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chesky, David : Concerto for Violin no 3 ("The Klezmer Concerto")
  • Performer: Artur Kaganovsky (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Chesky, David : The Wiener Psalm, for bass & orchestra
  • Performer: Ethan Herschenfeld (Bass)
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chesky, David : Betty's March, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: March

>Chesky, David : The Fiddle Maker, for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Moran Katz (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chesky, David : Arbeit Macht Frei, for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Kristina Cooper (Cello)
  • Conductor: Yaniv Segal
  • Ensemble: The Chelsea Symphony
  • Notes: German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, New York City (06/25/2014-07/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral