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"Conversations With Chagall" contains original solo piano music written and performed by Seth Weinstein and based on the artwork of Marc Chagall.


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Track listing

The 62-minute CD contains the following tracks:

Track Preview Title Timing Description
1 Listen CONVERSATIONS 11:34 A musical meeting between Marc Chagall and Elvis Presley. The piece is a synthesis of Russian-style classical themes, Jewish klezmer music, romantic ballads, rock, blues, and gospel.
THE CHAGALL SUITE - an eight-movement suite inspired by eight different themes of Chagallian artwork
2 Listen I. Vitebsk 7:44 A day in the life of Chagall's provincial Belarusian hometown, with themes suggesting the sunrise, prayer, work, school, and Chagall's ubiquitous "fiddler on the roof."
3 Listen II. The Bible 7:22 A trip through the Creation, winding up slowly and becoming more active until God rests from His work at the end.
4 Listen III. The Circus 4:12 In a quick 7/8 meter, with episodes suggesting clumsy animals, graceful dancers, swift acrobats, and snake charmers.
5 Listen IV. Lovers and Flowers 7:04 Begins with an expanding chord, like the blossoming of a flower, which supports a tranquil melody and eventually gives way to a lovers' waltz.
6 Listen V. The Prince of Peace, Jesus, and the Prophet of Peace, Isaiah 7:01 Dominated by a placid, consonant barcarolle, which quickens and intensifies, supporting a bright melody.
7 Listen VI. Paris 4:21 Anchored by a grand fanfare, which is repeated at intervals and interspersed with interludes suggesting stately architecture, amorous waltzers, and the city's frenetic pace.
8 Listen VII. Nature 6:13 Nature is based on symmetry; the movement's chord structure and melodies evoke symmetry and geometry.
9 Listen VIII. Angels 6:40 Suggests some of the harmonic progressions of the earlier movements, and it becomes bright and bold before returning to the "sunrise" theme of the first movement.

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CD credits

All material composed and performed by Seth Weinstein
Conceived, supervised, and produced by Vivian R. Jacobson
Recording produced by Marc Lewis
Public relations and promotion by Joshua Weinstein
Recorded by Sean Swinney, New York City, on May 15 and 17, 2008
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Chip M. Fabrizi, PPI Recording, New York City
Graphic design by Alison DeBenedictis and Kim Gilley
Cover drawing by Marc Chagall
Photo by David Nicoll
All tracks (C) and (P) 2005-2008 Seth Weinstein. All rights reserved.


Performances

21 August 2005 Memphis, Tennessee Dixon Gallery and Gardens
17-18 February 2007 Southern Pines, North Carolina Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
22 June 2008 New York City Googie's Lounge
18 September 2008 Osnabrück, Germany Lutherhaus
23 September 2008 Mainz, Germany Erbacher Hof
26 September 2008 Siegburg (Bonn), Germany Siegburger Stadtmuseum
25 October 2008 Appleton, Wisconsin Appleton Art Center
30 October 2008 New York City Museum of Biblical Art
8 November 2009 Newport Beach, California Temple Bat Yahm
28 March 2010 Pocantico Hills, New York Union Church of Pocantico Hills
25 September 2010 Nice, France Musée national Marc Chagall
10 March 2013 Newton, Massachusetts Temple Emanuel

Press

29 September 2008 Koelnische Rundschau "Ein Weltstar ganz ohne Alluren" ("A world star without affectations")
Peter Lorber's review of Siegburg, Germany, performance of "The Chagall Suite," "Conversations," Beethoven's "Waldstein" sonata, and Mozart's sonata K. 576
Full review (in German)
English translation
22 February 2007 The Pilot (Southern Pines, North Carolina) "Jacobsons' Commissioned 'Suite' a Joy"
Review of the premiere of "The Chagall Suite" by Joseph Aceves
"Next time, I'd pay money to hear your music."
Full review

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