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Argentine star cellist Sol Gabetta takes her audience on a meditative musical journey with her latest album Prayer available March 3, 2015. Accompanied by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Orchestre National de Lyon, her latest album is a selection of classical music inspired by Jewish melodies. 

Gabetta's initial inspiration for this album was Ernest Bloch's (1880-1959) piece "Prayer," which spurred the idea to perform something as spirited: "I often played 'Prayer' as an encore in concert, and could feel that many people in the audience were greatly moved by it. This is music that is both sensual and reflective." In addition to the three-part cycle "From Jewish Life," of which "Prayer" is the first movement, Gabetta's album recital includes Bloch's "Meditation hebräique," "Nigun," and the famous "Schelomo" for cello and orchestra. The album is delightfully rounded off by four songs Gabetta chose from Dmitri Shostakovich's cycle "From Jewish Folk Poetry" and a passionate Catalan folk song which is performed by the acclaimed cellist Pablo Casals.

Gabetta recorded Prayer with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In Bloch's "Schelomo" she is accompanied by the Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin; it was with this conductor that she originally performed the piece, which dates back to 1916. Gabetta says, "This is a sweeping, large-scale cello concerto in which the cello takes the role of King Solomon."

The Jewish pieces by Bloch are embellished with religious undertones and contrast beautifully with the folk songs published in 1948 by Shostakovich, under the title "From Jewish Folk Poetry." From the eleven songs, Gabetta chose four for her recital, which were then specially arranged for a cello and string orchestra by Mikhail Bronner. The original poems that Shostakovich transformed into music, describe the hardships of Jewish life throughout the tsarist Russian period of history. The Catalan folk song "Song of the Birds" is a tale of human longing. Spanish cellist Pablo Casals arranged the piece for his instrument, and from 1939 onwards Casals used it to open many of the concerts he gave in exile. Gabetta has recorded the piece with the cello ensemble of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Description: Sol Gabetta_Prayer_cover.jpgArgentine star cellist Sol Gabetta takes her audience on a meditative musical journey with her latest album Prayeravailable March 3, 2015. Accompanied by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Orchestre National de Lyon, her latest album is a selection of classical music inspired by Jewish melodies.

Gabetta's initial inspiration for this album was Ernest Bloch's (1880-1959) piece "Prayer," which spurred the idea to perform something as spirited: "I often played 'Prayer' as an encore in concert, and could feel that many people in the audience were greatly moved by it. This is music that is both sensual and reflective." In addition to the three-part cycle "From Jewish Life," of which "Prayer" is the first movement, Gabetta's album recital includes Bloch's "Meditation hebräique," "Nigun," and the famous "Schelomo" for cello and orchestra. The album is delightfully rounded off by four songs Gabetta chose from Dmitri Shostakovich's cycle "From Jewish Folk Poetry" and a passionate Catalan folk song which is performed by the acclaimed cellist Pablo Casals.

Gabetta recorded Prayerwith the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.In Bloch's "Schelomo" she is accompanied by the Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin;it was with this conductor that she originally performed the piece, which dates back to 1916. Gabetta says, "This is a sweeping, large-scale cello concerto in which the cello takes the role of King Solomon."

The Jewish pieces by Bloch are embellished with religious undertones and contrast beautifully with the folk songs published in 1948 by Shostakovich, under the title "From Jewish Folk Poetry." From the eleven songs, Gabetta chose four for her recital, which were then specially arranged for a cello and string orchestra by Mikhail Bronner. The original poems that Shostakovich transformed into music, describe the hardships of Jewish life throughout the tsarist Russian period of history. The Catalan folk song "Song of the Birds" is a tale of human longing. Spanish cellist Pablo Casals arranged the piece for his instrument, and from 1939 onwards Casals used it to open many of the concerts he gave in exile. Gabetta has recorded the piece with the cello ensemble of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.