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Paul Ben-Haim – String Quartet in E Minor, String Quartet no.1 op.21 (FLAC)

Paul Ben-Haim - String Quartet in E Minor, String Quartet no.1 op.21 (FLAC)

Paul Ben-Haim – String Quartet in E Minor, String Quartet no.1 op.21 (FLAC)

Composer: Paul Ben-Haim
Performer: Shuli Waterman, Carmel Quartet
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Toccata
Catalogue: TOCC0214
Release: 2014
Size: 291 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21
01. I. Con moto sereno
02. II. Molto vivace
03. III. Largo e molto sostenuto
04. IV. Rondo – Finale

String Quintet in E minor
05. I. Leidenschaftlich bewegt
06. II. Sehr langsam, mit tiefster Empfindung
07. III. Finale: Rondo

The Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1974) was born Paul Frankenburger and made his early career in his native Munich.


Reading the danger signs earlier than most, he emigrated to Palestine in 1933 and soon became one of the leading figures in the musical culture of the emerging Jewish community.


His music mirrors his change of circumstance: the early String Quintet (1919) – heard here in its first recording – taps a vein of rich late Romanticism influenced by Richard Strauss, but the rhapsodic First String Quartet (1937) is coloured by middle-Eastern melisma and folk-rhythms.


The Carmel Quartet is one of Israel’s longest-standing and most successful chamber-music ensembles. Established in 1999, the Quartet has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the 2001 ‘Prague-Vienna-Budapest’ competition in Reichenau, Austria, and first prizes in the 2004 Aviv competitions. The Carmel Quartet’s 2004 performance in the Weill Auditorium at Carnegie hall was reviewed in The New York Times as ‘a shapely and passionate performance, with a sizzling, visceral quality that was hard to resist’. Shuli Waterman studied viola with Gad Lewertoff in Tel Aviv and with the late John White at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won first prize in the Theodore Holland viola competition. She is principal violist of the Tel Aviv Soloists.

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