Nimbus Alliance Records – Information for Press/Media – Mark Glanville “Di Sheyne Milnerin”

Artist(s):           Mark Glanville (bass-baritone) & Alexander Knapp (pno)

Title:                Di Sheyne Milnerin – Schubert’s cycle of love forlorn retold in Yiddish song

Catalogue No:  NI6191 [0710357619120]

Discs:              Single CD/Standard Case

Price Point:      Full Price (UK Trade Price £8.70)

UK Release:     1st October 2012

This recording comprises a specially devised cycle of twenty songs from the Yiddish repertoire – only the second time a collection of Yiddish songs has been forged into a narrative cycle with a coherent dramatic trajectory. A stark contrast to Mark Glanville’s Holocaust-focused programme, A Yiddish Winterreise, it explores and reveals different aspects of the Yiddish tradition. As in Schubert’s original, Die Schöne Müllerin (‘the beautiful miller girl’), from which it takes its name, it tells a story of unrequited love. Here, the Jewish hero, though also a miller, is an older man with more than a little of Don Quixote about him, prone to tip at his own windmills and women who fit his idealised notion of love. Does he ever actually make contact with Reyzele, the object of his affection, or does he commune with her only in his dreams? Whatever the case, his sense of pain at being rejected in favour of the thief (replacing the hunter of Schubert’s cycle), who has stolen her from him, is the same. Nevertheless, interspersed among the expressions of tragic emotion may be found moments of joy, tenderness and humour.

Mark Glanville and Alexander Knapp both come from a Western Classical music background; and the songs are therefore not performed in the customary folk/popular style, but in the manner one might expect of a Lieder recital. The aim here – as in Yiddish Winterreise – is to introduce this wonderful music to as wide an audience as possible, especially one brought up listening to the Classical European repertoire, who may be unfamiliar with the Yiddish tradition.

Am Feierabend, from Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, is placed almost half-way through the cycle. The German text by Wilhelm Müller has been translated into Yiddish by Heather Valencia, and the title renamed Nokh der Arbet.

Arrangements and compositions by celebrated Jewish composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been included in this programme in order to extend and enhance the great Yiddish Art Song tradition, so keeping it alive and vibrant. Most are familiar masters of this genre.

Di Sheyne Milnerin was first performed at the Jewish Museum, London, in November 2010, and received its American première at Symphony Space, New York, in February 2011. Mark Glanville and Alexander Knapp will perform ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’ at St. John’s Smith Square in London on 6th October 2012.

 

The Performers

Mark Glanville read Classics and Philosophy at Oxford University before winning a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Whilst attending the National Opera Studio he made his debut with Opera North. Roles for that company include The King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges), the King (Aida), Nourabad (Pearl Fishers) and Father (The Jewel Box). For Scottish Opera he has sung Commendatore (Don Giovanni), for Lisbon Opera, New Israeli Opera and Opera Zuid The King of Clubs, and for Opera Omaha Ferrando (Il Trovatore.) On the concert platform he has performed as Bass soloist with Lord Menuhin, Daniele Gatti, Pascal Tortelier, Sir David Willcocks and Skrowaczewski. Recordings include Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais and Anna Bolena, Schubert’s Mass in G and ‘A Yiddish Winterreise.’ In 2010/2011 his recital, ‘A Yiddish Winterreise’ was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Symphony Space in New York, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Purcell Room and Leeds Lieder Festival. A second recital, ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’, was performed at Symphony Space in 2011.. He has been invited back to the Kennedy Center to perform two new programmes: ‘A Jewish Romance’ in 2013 and Byron’s ‘Hebrew Melodies’ in 2014.

His memoir, The Goldberg Variations, was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Sporting Club Award. His journalism, specialising in opera and classical singing as well as Jewish literature and history, has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, The Jewish Quarterly, The Jewish Chronicle, Opera Now, The Singer and Classical Music Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded the Premio Lorenzo d’Arcangelo for musical journalism.

Alexander Knapp is a freelance musician, musicologist and ethnomusicologist. He graduated from Selwyn College Cambridge with MA, MusB, and PhD degrees in music, and has also been awarded ARCM, LRAM and HonARAM diplomas. From the late 1960s to the present day, he has published and lectured in the UK, USA, many parts of Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, Western Russia, Eastern Siberia, and China, on Jewish and related musics. Alex’s set of Four Sephardi Songs (arranged for voice and piano) was published by Transcontinental in New York in 1992; and his Elegy for String Orchestra was published in Jerusalem in 1997. In 1998, his anthology of essays on Jewish music (translated into Chinese) was published by the Music Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts in Beijing. Among numerous other articles, he has contributed entries on aspects of Jewish art music to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Second Edition). Current projects include several publications on the composer Ernest Bloch. Alex has been appointed to positions at Wolfson College Cambridge, and at Goldsmiths’ College, Royal College of Music, and City University in London. From 1999 until taking early retirement in 2006, he held the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS. As well as composing, arranging, conducting, broadcasting, and performing as pianist in the UK, European continent and USA, Alex has been involved as consultant and accompanist to cantors and choirs on several commercial recordings.  Alex’s musical arrangements for A Yiddish Winterreise and Di Sheyne Milnerin, programmes of Yiddish song devised by Mark Glanville, have been heard in many parts of America and the UK.

 

Further Information

Mark Glanville and Alexander Knapp will perform ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’ at St. John’s Smith Square in London on 6th October 2012.

Their previous CD release ‘A Yiddish Winterreise’ was released in 2010 by Naxos. More information and reviews in full can be found at www.yiddishwinterreise.com. The positive press generated for this CD led to Glanville and Knapp being invited to perform at the Kennedy Centre in Washington in 2011. They will be returning there in 2013 and 2014.

The new CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical music press and radio and key media overseas. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and publications.

For more details, interview requests and to order a review sample, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited. The full press release is attached as a PDF file.

Di Sheyne Milnerin Press Release (126.8 KiB)

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