Music in Exile Vol. 6: Chamber Works by Alberto Hemsi

ARC Ensemble
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It is indeed ironic that composer Alberto Hemsi, who spent much of his life rescuing music that faced extinction, should have his own brilliantly original works threatened with a similar fate. As part of its mission to research and recover 20th-century music suppressed, or marginalized by repressive regimes, war and exile, Canada’s highly-regarded ARC Ensemble focus its sixth Chandos recording on this overlooked and prodigious talent, the latest in its acclaimed “Music in Exile” series. Chamber Works by Alberto Hemsi, released on October 14, is the first commercial release devoted to these extraordinary works.
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"Danze nuziali greche, Op.37 bis (1956)  10:14

(Danses nuptiales grecques)

(Greek Nupital Dances)

for Cello and Piano

1. In onore della 'petherà' (suocera) (In Honour of the Mother-in-law)  3:24

2. In onore della ''nymphi'' (sposa) (In Honour of the Bride)  3:26

3. In onore del ''cumbaro'' (compare) (In Honour of the Godfather)  3:19

Tre arie antiche (dalle 'Coplas Sefardies'), Op.30 (c. 1945) *  9:01

(Three Ancient Airs, from the Coplas Sefardies) for String Quartet

À Mme Ethel & Frank Cohen

4. Ballata. Grave e sonoro - Allegretto  2:27

5. Canzone. Calmo e nostalgico - [ ] - Tempo I  3:29

6. Rondò. Allegro - Allegretto - Poco più mosso  2:58

Pilpúl Sonata, Op.27 (1942) ‡  19:39

for Violin and Piano

7. Allegretto comodo - Poco meno - Tempo I - Poco meno  8:27

8. Larghetto meditative  5:03

9. Allegretto rapsodico  6:04

Quintet, Op.28 (c. 1943) *  17:46

in G Major • in G-Dur • en sol majeur

for Viola and String Quartet

10. Concertino. Allegretto con brio - Poco meno - Tempo I  4:55

11. Burlesca. Allegretto spiritoso - [Fine]  5:35

12. Berceuse. (Quaver = 104 - 108) - Poco animato - Tempo I  4:34

13. Rondò. (Crotchet = 132 - 138) - Poco più animato  2:33

14. Méditation, Op.16 (before 1931)  6:42

(dans le style arménien)

(in Armenian style)

for Cello and Piano

ARC Ensemble

Erika Raum violin

Marie Bérard violin

Emily Kruspe violin ‡

Steven Dann viola *

Julien Altmann viola

Tom Wiebe cello

Kevin Ahfat piano"

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