Exiles: Bloch, Korngold & others (LP) | Aparte APLP142

Exiles: Bloch, Korngold & others (LP)

Label: Aparte

Cat No: APLP142

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 21st July 2017



Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States, a democracy concerned with human rights, attracted emigrants of all origins. The young nation embodied a land free from repression for the composers brought together by Ophélie Gaillard. Her globe-trotting cello leads us in the footsteps of Bloch, Korngold, Prokofiev, Chava Alberstein and Giora Feidmann, singing of their exile. She gives us a film score (Korngold's Concerto), a prayer (From Jewish Life), an Hebraic narrative (Schelomo), a lullaby, a wedding dance... The spirit of celebration, tenderness, religious meditation: so many facets of daily life and the culture of several generations of Jewish immigrants.

“‘The drums of exile awaken on the frontiers eternity that yawns on the sands’, the poet in exile Saint-John Perse wrote mysteriously. Exile endured or deliberately chosen by the different composers on this programme is quite real geographically and can be explained by multiple causes. But even for one who has never had to feel such an upheaval in his or her flesh, exile can also be inner. It can strike each of us and often even give rise to a liveliness of thinking in us, an inner world of unsuspected richness and an astonishing faculty of memory.” – Ophélie Gaillard, Mexico City, 20 October 2016

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