Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album | Bridge BRIDGE9208

Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album


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Label: Bridge

Cat No: BRIDGE9208

Barcode: 0090404920820

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th March 2007



Long regarded as "The Queen of the Theremin," Clara Rockmore's virtuosity as the world's leading exponent of the theremin, was commonly acknowledged during her long and successful career. 
Intimately involved with Leon Theremin in the development of the instrument, Clara Rockmore's career as a thereminist had her performing with major orchestras and with her sister, the legendary pianist, Nadia Reisenberg.
The Rockmore/Reisenberg duo is heard on this CD in 13 never-before released tracks, recorded in 1975. Also heard here are three tracks with the accompaniment of a cello ensemble, and one with the accompaniment of the much admired Argentine composer/guitarist, Jorge Morel. 
This recording comes with a booklet which includes numerous historic photographs of the performers, as well as excerpts from an interview conducted by Robert Sherman, in which his mother, Nadia Reisenberg; his aunt, Clara Rockmore; and the electronic pioneer Robert Moog discuss their lives and the background of their involvement with the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin.
This is perhaps one for theremin aficionados, but there is also something more generally appealing about a disc that captures this arcane instrument's unearthly sound with such musical finesse.
Clara Rockmore (1911-1998) studied violin in St Petersburg, where she met Léon Thérémin and became a noted exponent of his early electronic device, "played" by adjusting the position of the hands in relation to antennae rather than touching anything. "Playing the theremin," Rockmore once said, "is like being a trapeze artist without a net underneath."
Her manipulation of the air-waves has an eerie vocal quality, especially (but not exclusively) in the aria from Villa-Lobos' famous Bachianas Brasilieras No 5.
"Lyricism is what the theremin does best, and Rockmore's control of pitch, dynamic shading and phrasing are a marvel considering the risk of approximation that the instrument harbours." The Telegraph - Geoffrey Norris

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