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Caeli Smith

Violinist Yuval Waldman Performs “Music Forgotten And Remembered” in Merkin Concert Hall

March 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I wanted to let everyone in the New York area know about an upcoming recital on Tuesday, March 29th by violinist Yuval Waldman. It takes place at 8 PM at at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street.

I first met Mr. Waldman a couple years ago when he coached me in some ensembles for a series at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, and immediately became a fan of this generous man and amazing violinist. I've been fortunate enough to have a private lesson with him, to listen to his recordings, and to get to know him as a friend and mentor, but next Tuesday will be my first opportunity to hear him play live!

Here are some details about the repertoire from the press release about the recital: 

“Music Forgotten and Remembered” presents the first New York performance of five of these rediscovered works:

  • “Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes” (1952) was composed by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, an outstanding Russian-Jewish composer and close friend of Shostakovich, whose intervention with authorities probably kept Weinberg  alive. The piece is a brilliant fantasy on Moldavian and Jewish themes.
  • “Lullaby”, an arrangement of a traditional Hebrew song, was composed in the Terezin concentration camp in 1943 by Gideon Klein, a young Czech-Jewish composer. Shortly after he wrote this, Klein was transferred to Auschwitz, where he was murdered.
  • “Colloque Sentimentale”, an impressionistic prelude on the poem by Paul Verlaine, was written in 1920 by Czech Jaromir Weinberger, who escaped the Nazis by emigrating to the United States, where he ended up on the music faculty at Ithaca College.
  • “Variations on ‘Hatikvah’”, a virtuoso violin solo written in the early 1900’s by then famous, now forgotten Ukrainian Klezmer violinist and composer, Yehiel Goizman.
  • “Entrata” from Concerto da Camera (1945), a seldom-heard master work by the Russian emigre and avant-garde composer Arthur Lourie.

Rounding out the program are two French violin masterpieces: “Sonata in A Major” for violin and piano by Cesar Franck, written for the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane”. Mr. Waldman dedicates the performance of these pieces to his mentors Josef Gingold, a student of Eugene Ysaye and Zino Francescatti, the foremost representative of violin French romantic school who performed the “Tzigane” with Maurice Ravel.

 Mr. Waldman will be assisted by Ukrainian-Israeli pianist Inesa Sinkevych, a prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition.

 More information about the concert is on Mr. Waldman's website:



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