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Sounds of Chutzpah on CD for February

Sometimes music achievement is directly associated with a degree of chutzpah. Generations have been moved by the stirring 1881 setting for cello and orchestra of “Kol Nidre” by Max Bruch, especially as performed with granitic Old Testament authority by Pablo Casals on Emi Classics. Only an audacious composer would dare to rival Bruch’s achievement, as is done by a 1970 Kol Nidre for cello and piano on Albany Records’s new CD, [“Alan Shulman: Works for Cello CD”][2].

Shulman, a virtuoso cellist who performed with Toscanini, created an intensely somber melodic line which is more valid liturgically, if less theatrical, than Bruch’s. Shulman’s 1948 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, dedicated to the “People of Israel” is also included on the Albany CD, played by soloist Wesley Baldwin with epic idealism.

[2]: http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Shulman-Works-Wesley-Baldwin/dp/B003F0VTCU/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1295224793&sr=1-2 &tag=thefor03-20

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