Borenstein - Piano Concerto, Shirim, Light and Darkness | Somm SOMMCD281

Borenstein - Piano Concerto, Shirim, Light and Darkness

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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD281

Barcode: 0748871328129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th January 2023



Clelia Iruzun (piano)
I Musicanti
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Nimrod Borenstein


Borenstein, Nimrod

Light and Darkness, op.80
Piano Concerto, op.91
Shirim, op.94


Clelia Iruzun (piano)
I Musicanti
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Nimrod Borenstein


SOMM RECORDINGS is delighted to announce the label debut of composer-conductor Nimrod Borenstein with first recordings of three works showcasing the piano in separate guises: his Piano Concerto, piano quintet Light and Darkness, and Shirim for solo piano.

Borenstein himself conducts pianist Clélia Iruzun and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in his Piano Concerto, while Iruzun is joined by I Musicanti on Light and Darkness, and is the soloist for Shirim.

For Borenstein, who also provides booklet notes, the disc is a dual celebration: “of the piano, an instrument I love”, and of “musical friendship”, recognising his long creative partnership with Iruzun.

The three-movement Piano Concerto – his op.91 and first for the instrument, building on discoveries from his continuing series of Chopin-influenced solo Études – was composed for Iruzun and premiered in Brazil in July 2022. It reflects Borenstein’s concept of “the concerto as an heroic form”, a notion informing its “very fast, virtuosic and full of energy” finale.

2021’s Shirim (op.94) takes its title from the Hebrew word for “poems” or “songs”. Cast in 18 variegated miniatures, “each being a world in themselves”, they are, says Borenstein tributing Mendelssohn, “my own songs without words”. Light and Darkness (2018, op.80), “begins and ends with pure light, but is full of melancholy, and contains sections of great despair”.

Nimrod Borenstein’s music has been performed by some of the world’s most prestigious soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras. Several of his 90-plus pieces are available on acclaimed recordings. In demand as a conductor, he is currently working with orchestras in the UK, Germany and Israel.

Clélia Iruzun’s previous SOMM releases include two volumes of Federico Mompou’s piano music (SOMMCD0121, 0155), two volumes of Treasures from the New World (SOMMCD0609, 0632), and her International Classical Music Award-nominated Piano Concertos by Albeniz & Mignone (SOMMCD265) with the RPO and Jac van Steen.

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