YEVGENY DOKSHANSKY, CLARINET
RICHARD MASTERS, PIANO
HERITAGE RECORDS (HTGCD 158)
From Jewish Life, B. 54 (1924)
Two Pieces, B. 82 (1951)
Suite Hebraique, B. 83 (1951)
Suite, B. 41 (1919)
All works transcribed by Yevgeny Dokshansky
Engineered, recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered by Scott Hannenberg
Producer: Benjamin Wyatt
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-born, naturalized American, fertile composer, scholarly academic and revered teacher, gifted amateur photographer, devoted family man, and fervently faithful Jew is the author of the music selected by Belorussian clarinetist Yevgeny Dokshansky for the album FROM JEWISH LIFE – MUSIC OF ERNEST BLOCH.
Dokshansky, a superb clarinetist has faithfully adapted Bloch’s From Jewish Life; Two Pieces, B. 82; Suite Hebraique; and his Suite, B. 41 to be played on his clarinet with idiomatic success. Bloch’s music in this album ranges from mid-career works dating back to 1919 to fully mature works composed while the composer was in his sixties.
Throughout all four of these compositions one can hear the composer’s fascination with Ashkenazy music both sacred and secular, some clearly modal in its use of exotic scales, some flirting with atonality, some lyrical, some intensely dramatic, all of it uniquely original and compelling.
In collaboration with his pianist, the formidable Richard Masters, Dokshansky summons dulcet sounds from his sympathetic instrument, both artists quickly convincing the listener that this is the best way that this music should be played.
Scott Hannenberg has engineered Benjamin Wyatt’s elegantly produced album with amplitude and clarity.
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