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  Isaac Schwartz: Yellow Stars - Spivakov
  Isaac Schwartz: Yellow Stars

National Philharmonic of Russia
Vladimir Spivakov (conductor)
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Review by nickc July 2, 2005 (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
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What a find - think Shostakovich without the motoric angst, infused with a dash of Rimsky-Korskian orientalism and some soaring melodies al a Khatchaturian's Spartacus.
Yellow Stars is a 7 movement "symphony" meditating on the horrors suffered by Jews in Eastern Europe under the Nazis, though Schwartz never deals directly with the Nazis in the music itself. It alternates between movements similar to sinuous and danceable Jewish melodies and slow movements which rise to real heights of haunting beauty.
The sound is absolutely magnificent although there are strong reflections in the rears so turn them down a few notches. It is a full-blooded Mercuryesque up-close recording with instrumentalists (violin, cello and clarinet) sounding like they could be in your room.
Congratulations Capriccio!

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Review by madisonears August 26, 2007 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Capriccio is capable of producing excellent recordings of lesser known music. They deserve the support of consumers for efforts like this which broaden our knowledge and provide enjoyment of things that the big labels wouldn't touch.

The content of this work is episodic, moving from spirited dance rhythms to achingly beautiful passages in order to portray the experience of the Jewish prisoners of Nazi camps. The music is modern without being strident, emotional without being sappy, easy to like yet deeply affecting. The recording captures the full weight and sonority of the orchestra and the hushed moments of sorrow equally well.

This is a unique piece of music and a very enjoyable and faithful recording.

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