Poster Composer Paul Ben-Haim
Composer Paul Ben-Haim
National Library of Israel
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Composer Paul Ben-Haim

In 1933, German composer Paul Frankenburger left Germany and moved to Palestine. He changed his name from Frankenburger to Ben-Haim and later wanted to be remembered not as a German composer but as a Jewish composer of Jewish music. Hear works by Paul Ben-Haim on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 119, No. 1
Orli Shaham, piano
Album: Brahms Inspired
Canary 15

Paul Ben-Haim: Three Songs Without Words for Viola and Piano
Orli Shaham, piano | Michael Klotz, viola
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Astor Piazzolla, arr. Leonid Desyatnikov: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Tessa Lark, violin | The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Ernest Bloch: From Jewish Life
Amit Peled, cello | Alon Goldstein, piano
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Hour 2

Morton Gould: American Salute
National Symphony of Ukraine | Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Album: An American Salute: Spirit of The Nation
Naxos 559147

Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, op. posth. 103, D. 940
Wynona (Yinuo) Wang, piano | Gilbert Kalish, piano
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

Agustin Barrios: Vals in G Major, Op. 8 No. 4
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Chamber Music Northwest, Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor": Movement 1
Stanislav Khristenko, piano | Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine | Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Catskill Mountain Foundation, Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville, NY

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