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Jacob Reuven & Alon Sariel - Sources

By Mandolin Cafe
January 18, 2010 - 1:15 pm

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Jacob Reuven & Alon Sariel - Sources

Jacob Reuven & Alon Sariel - Sources

Sources, music for two mandolins is the new recording from Israeli-based Jacob Reuven and Alon Sariel.

Alon Sariel is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance where he studied mandolin, lute and orchestra conducting. He has studied orchestra directing and the Arch lute at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. He's a past winner of the International Mandolin Award, the International Calace Competition, the Jerusalem Academy Competition for String Instruments, The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Music Competition, the Monart Center Competitions, the Serni Foundation Competitions, and more. He performs widely in Israel, Europe and the Far East as member of ensembles and orchestras such as Daniel Barenboim's West Eastern Divan, the Royal Estudiantina La Napolitaine, has participated, playing and lecturing, in important international festivals world wide as founder of The Jerusalem Baroque Trio (The Israeli Early Music Project) and Duo Sariel Ghilione.

Jacob Reuven graduated from the Beer Sheva Conservatory under the guidance of Prof. Simha Nathanson. In 1994 he was awarded the Excellent Musician Status by the Israeli army, which allowed him to pursue acadmic studies at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem while doing his military service. During his time as a student at the Rubin Academy and under the guidance of Prof. Motti Smidt, Jacob won the prestigious concerto competition for two years in a row, which led to several performances under the baton of the conductor Mendi Rodan. In 1998 he graduated the Rubin Academy, receiving a M.Ba.Mus. Jacob has performed with some of the best Israeli orchestras and ensembles, including, amongst others, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Twenty First Century Ensemble under the batons of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Antonio Pappano, Mendi Rodan and Zsolt Nagy.

Selections:
Invention No.1 in C major BWV 772
Invention No.4 in D minor BWV 775
Invention No.8 in F Major BWV 779
Invention No.9 in F Minor BWV 780
Invention No.13 in A Minor BWV 784
Sonata for 2 violins No 1 - in G major - Op. 3 - 1. Allegro
Sonata for 2 violins No 1 - in G major - Op. 3 - 2. Allegro ma poco
Sonata for 2 violins No 1 - in G major - Op. 3 - 3. Allegro
Sonata for 2 violins No' 1 in A minor - Op. 20 - 1. Adagio
Sonata for 2 violins No' 1 in A minor - Op. 20 - 2. Allegro
Sonata for 2 violins No' 1 in A minor - Op. 20 - 3. Adagio
Sonata for 2 violins No' 1 in A minor - Op. 20 - 4. Presto
Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G major - TWV 40 / 118 - 1. Vivace
Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G major - TWV 40 / 118 - 2. Adagio
Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G major - TWV 40 / 118 - 3. Allegro
Passacaglia for violin & viola
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 1
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 2
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 3
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 4
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 5
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 6
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 7
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 8
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 9
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 10
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 11
12 duos elementaires op. 87 - no 12
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 4 - Midsummer Night Song
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 7 - Rumanian Song
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 8 - Slovak Song No. 2
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 10 - Ruthenian Song
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 13 - Wedding Song
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 16 - Burlesque
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 22 - Mosquito Dance
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 25 - Hungarian Song No. 2
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 26 - Teasing Song
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 32 - Dance from Maramaros
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 36 - Bagpipes
44 duos for two violins - Sz 98 BB 104 - No' 38 - Prelude and Canon

About the making of the recording:



Additional information:
Purchase recording: From CDBaby
Jacob Reuven on MySpace
Alon Sariel on MySpace

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Aaron Woods
January 18, 2010 08:10 PM
Wow - that just seeps feel...
alon.sariel
January 31, 2010 11:54 AM
Sources

Background music? Most definitely not! "Sources", a new disc of music performed on mandolin and mandola by Israeli artists Jacob Reuven and Alon Sariel, recorded at the Jerusalem Music Centre in October 2009, will involve the listener from beginning to end and will provide much food for thought. The two artists, equally at home in oriental- and western music, have chosen to play European works of three centuries, none of them originally written for plucked instruments.

Baroque works include five of J.S.Bach's Two-Part Inventions and G.Ph.Telemann's Canonic Sonata no. 1, the former conjuring up a Baroque keyboard association, the latter an articulate, vivacious celebration of the art of imitation.
The disc includes several works composed for violins: Jean-Marie Leclair's Sonata no. 1 in G major, a Sonata by Michel Corette, Charles Auguste Beriot's Twelve Easy Duos for Two Violins opus 87 and twelve of the miniatures included in Bela Bartok's Forty Four Duos for Two Violins. In Bartok's Duos, Reuven and Sariel present complex folk rhythms and modes, feisty dissonances and bitonality with a good measure of joie de vivre.
Johan Halvorsen's setting (for violin and viola) of the Passacaglia from Handel's Suite no. 7 in G minor is brilliantly handled by the artists, taking the listener through a gamut of emotions, textures and dynamics.
This is a disc of interest and artistic depth.

-A freelance journalist, Pamela Hickman grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She holds degrees from the University of Melbourne, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and New York University. She teaches, composes and writes about the music scene in Israel.
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