Nothing distracts more from brutal estival heat than revitalizing musical discoveries with a refreshing dose of Yiddishkeit on CD. Turin-born Italian Jewish composer Leone Sinigaglia was admired by Fritz Kreisler and Arturo Toscanini, but fell into obscurity after dying at age 75 in 1944, just as he was being arrested in hospital by Nazis. A Toccata Classics release includes Sinigaglia’s mellifluous Violin Sonata and Cavatina in G, both ably played by soloist Solomia Soroka, accompanied by pianist Phillip Silver.
Another modern composer worth rediscovery is the Polish Jewish musician Alexandre Tansman, whose lithe Concertino for oboe, clarinet and string orchestra is charmingly played on Naxos by clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and oboist Laurent Decker. More Tansman, as well as works by fellow Jewish composers Darius Milhaud and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, played suavely by violinist Jascha Heifetz and pianist Emanuel Bay on an ArkivMusic.com reissue.