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01/19/2017

Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers; honoring the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and featuring composers who emigrated to the Americas in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution.

SONGS FROM A LOST WORLD OF ITALIAN JEWISH COMPOSERS

CAROLINE HELTON, soprano • KATHRYN GOODSON, piano

Temple Beth El - Maas Chapel

7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

5:00 p.m.

A concert of soprano Caroline Helton and pianist Kathryn Goodson, in honor of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring art songs by Italian Jewish Composers, Leone Sinigaglia, Vittorio Rieti, Renzo Massarani and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Co-sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society - Michigan Chapter and the Wayne State Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, with the support of the Italian Program at Wayne State University, under the auspices of the Italian Consulate in Detroit.

ICAMus has contributed to this project with research in American archives on forgotten and unpublished works of Italian American composers. Aloma Bardi has collaborated for years with Dr. Helton's and Dr. Goodson's programs and their recordings of this rare repertoire.

 

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The Concert Program, with Texts and Translations.

Please read and download the program (PDF) for the upcoming concert “Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers”:

Texts by Agnolo Poliziano, Aldo Palazzeschi, Gabriele D’Annunzio, and traditional Italian poetry from different regions and time periods; English translations by Caroline Helton and Aloma Bardi.

 “Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers” • Temple Beth El - Maas Chapel, 7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 • Sunday, January 29, 2017 • Free event, open to the public.

 

Photo: CD Cover, "La tregua. Songs from a lost world of Italian Jewish composers, 1895-1945" (Blue Griffin Recording, Inc., 2017). The CD will be released on January 29, 2017, in conjunction with Dr. Helton's and Dr. Goodson's recital.

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CAROLINE HELTON: AN EXCERPT FROM THE CD LINER NOTES.

«Despite the fact that he was 75 years old, the Nazi authorities arrested Leone Sinigaglia in 1944 in an attempt to transport him to a labor camp, but he suffered a heart attack during the arrest and died. His story is just one of so many incredible lives, careers and musical contributions cut short by the barbarism of the Nazi regime. I chose Sinigaglia’s “La Tregua” with which to end the recording for two reasons. The first is because ‘”La Tregua” is the title of one of Primo Levi’s most important books about his experiences during the Holocaust, and Primo Levi, like Sinigaglia, was also from Turin, so the coincidence resonated very strongly for me. In the case of Primo Levi’s book, the title is translated into English as “The Truce;” but another meaning of “la tregua” is what gives me the second reason to conclude with this piece: “respite.” Both D’Annunzio’s poem (describing the mouth of the river Arno) and Sinigaglia’s magical setting (with flowing figures in the piano bearing the melodic line along in its current to the sea) perfectly capture the essence of tranquility and respite, delivering a message of peace and healing. We are so grateful for the gift of such beauty, and we defy the attempt to destroy it by continuing to search for, perform and record these exquisite Songs from a Lost World.» (Caroline Helton, The University of Michigan - School of Music; From the CD Liner Notes, 2016)

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An Artists-meet-&-greet and signing event will follow the recital, introducing the just-released CD, "La tregua. Songs from a lost world of Italian Jewish composers, 1895-1945" (Blue Griffin Recording, Inc., 2017).

 

RECITAL PROGRAM

MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (Florence 1895 - Beverly Hills 1968)

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LEONE SINIGAGLIA (Torino 1868-1944)  

VITTORIO RIETI (Alexandria, Egypt 1898 - New York 1994)

RENZO MASSARANI (Mantova 1898 - Rio de Janeiro 1975)  

 

 

Vocalise-Étude (Chant Hébraïque) (1928)                          Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

                                                                                                                      (1895-1968)

 

Vecchie canzoni popolari del Piemonte (1914)                             arr.  Leone Sinigaglia

      Verdolin Verdolinetto                                                                              (1868-1944)

      Il grillo e la formica                                                                                                        

 

Quattro liriche italiane (1945)                                                                       Vittorio Rieti

      E per un bel cantar                                                                                 (1898-1994)           

      La non vuol esser più mia

      E lo mio cor s’inchina

      Canti ognun

 

Briciole (1915)                                                                      Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

      Rio Bo                                                                                                                              

      Mezzogiorno

      Il passo delle Nazarene

 

Quattro canti veronesi (1934)                                                                Renzo Massarani

      Ànema cara                                                                                               (1898-1975)

      Ve la conto e ve la canto

      O Dio del çielo

      Signor Sergento

 

La Tregua (1902)                                                                                      Leone Sinigaglia

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In the photo here below: Caroline Helton (soprano) and Kathryn Goodson (piano); recording session for "La tregua. Songs from a lost world of Italian Jewish composers, 1895-1945" (Blue Griffin Recording, Inc., 2017). Photo: Sergei Kvitko - Blue Griffin Recording, 2016.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGES ABOUT THE JANUARY 29, 2017 EVENT IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS (DETROIT METROPOLITAN AREA), MICHIGAN, USA, PLEASE VISIT ALSO THIS PAGE.