12 Russian Songs written by Josef Malkin at the Grachtenfestival

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Soprano Channa Malkin has been nominated for the Grachtenfestival Prize 2020. Together with cellist Maya Fridman and pianist Slava Poprugin she has put together a wonderful program revolving around the topic of ‘motherhood’, including a few songs composed by her father Josef Malkin…   

Channa about her concert:

Few things in life are as far-reaching as having a child. The sleepless nights, but also the immeasurable love and primal power that you, as a new parent, suddenly seem to possess. During one of those sleepless nights, I found the song cycle When I rock this child asleep by Mcieslaw Weinberg, to poems by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. These songs expressed exactly my maternal feelings.

Parenting brings you back to your own childhood, and at the same time is a confrontation with your mortality. In his Children’s Room, Mussorgsky humorously sets the smart, inventive and naughty mind of the child. On the other hand, there is John Tavener, the 20th-century British composer who was inspired by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. She sees death as a ship in a turbulent sea, a cabin waiting for her, and the inevitable, painful farewell to her motherland.

The songs of my father, Josef Malkin, also combine childhood and mortality. In Pis’mo, a little girl writes a letter full of mistakes to her grandmother. In De Waarzegster (The Soothsayer) a gypsy woman predicts to the young poet Boris Ryzhy from whom he will die: guilt.

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