A new CD from Naxos, (Naxos ID 8.559434), has the music of Frederick Jacobi.
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1932)
Sabbath Evening Service (excerpts) (1931)
Hagiographa (1938)
Ahavat olam (1945)
Two Pieces in Sabbath Mood (1946)

Artists include Alban Gerhardt, cello; Barcelona Symphony/National
Orchestra of Catalonia, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, conductor; Patrick
Mason, baritone; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Joseph
Cullen, conductor; Brian Krinke and Perrin Yang, violins; George Taylor,
viola; Stefan Reuss, cello; Joseph Werner, piano; Cantor Robert Bloch;
New York Cantorial Choir; Aaron Miller, organ; Slovak Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Samuel Adler, conductor


This Milken Archive disc presents five works by Frederick Jacobi
(1891-1952), one of the first 20th-century American composers to
successfully unite authentic Jewish melodic and harmonic materials with
the European classical-romantic tradition. Championed by such conductors
as Koussevitzky, Stokowski, and Monteux, his compositions reflect two
principal ethnic-historical musical sources: the motifs, rhythms and
sonorities of American Indian culture and the biblical, liturgical and
rabbinical wellsprings of his Judaic heritage, which would eventually
dominate his creative life.

Included on this CD are three instrumental works of Jewish inspiration:
the Cello Concerto, an introspective work inspired by the Book of
Psalms; Hagiographa: Three Biblical Narratives for Piano and String
Quartet, a rhapsodic evocation of three major biblical personalities;
and Two Pieces in Sabbath Mood, an orchestral tone poem that depicts the
spiritual qualities of the Sabbath in Jewish life and tradition. Also
heard are two liturgical pieces: excerpts from the Sabbath Evening
Service, a restrained setting for baritone and a cappella chorus that
was commissioned by New York’s Temple Emanu-El; and Ahavat Olam, an
independent setting of the Sabbath evening prayer for cantor and choir
that is infused with echoes of traditional cantorial chant.

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