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Daniel Akiva: Malchut

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Daniel Akiva's new collection includes music in various genres: "Sarina kanta" in Ladino for solo and strings, "6 Preludes by Debussy" and "Selichot" for oboe, cello and guitar, "Four Prayers" for mandolin and guitar, and "Malchut" for voice and guitar.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Malchut (feat. Daniel Akiva)
Ronit Widmann-Levy
2:39 $0.99
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2. Four Prayers, 1. Recitative (feat. Bari Moscovitz)
Avi Avital
2:42 $0.99
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3. Four Prayers, 2. Tocatta (feat. Bari Moscovitz)
Avi Avital
1:33 $0.99
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4. Four Prayers, 3. Piut (feat. Bari Moscovitz)
Avi Avital
2:25 $0.99
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5. Four Prayers, 4. Dance (feat. Bari Moscovitz)
Avi Avital
1:21 $0.99
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6. Selichot, 1. Neila (feat. Irit Asayas & Daniel Akiva)
Gabriele Bukowski
7:11 $0.99
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7. Selichot, 2. Shoef Kemo Eved (feat. Irit Asayas & Daniel Akiva)
Gabriele Bukowski
5:33 $0.99
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8. Selichot, 3. Tichle Shana Vekileloteha (feat. Irit Asayas & Daniel Akiva)
Gabriele Bukowski
6:21 $0.99
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9. Sarina Kanta, 1. Prelude: Dia Y Noche
New Chamber Ensemble
2:57 $0.99
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10. Sarina Kanta, 2. Sarina Kanta Romansas
Bracha Kol & New Chamber Ensemble
3:44 $0.99
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11. Sarina Kanta, 3. Una Matica De Ruda
Bracha Kol & New Chamber Ensemble
4:14 $0.99
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12. Sarina Kanta, 4. Ya Abasha La Novia (feat. New Chamber Ensemble)
Bracha Kol
1:26 $0.99
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13. Sarina Kanta, 5. Las Estreyas
Bracha Kol & New Chamber Ensemble
4:00 $0.99
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14. Sarina Kanta, 6. Ya Salio De La Mar
Bracha Kol & New Chamber Ensemble
3:43 $0.99
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15. Preludes, Book II, L. 123: V. Bruyeres (feat. Daniel Akiva, guitar & Irit Asayas, cello)
Gabriele Bukowski, Oboe
2:49 $0.99
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16. Preludes, Book I, L. 117: VI. Des Pas Sur La Neige (feat. Irit Asayas, cello & Daniel Akiva, guitar)
Gabriele Bukowski, Oboe
2:59 $0.99
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17. Preludes, Book I, L. 117: IX. La Serenade Interrompue (feat. Irit Asayas, cello & Daniel Akiva, guitar)
Gabriele Bukowski
3:15 $0.99
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18. Preludes, Book I, L. 117: VIII. La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin (feat. Irit Asayas, cello & Daniel Akiva, guitar)
Gabriele Bukowski
2:22 $0.99
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19. Preludes, Book II, L. 123: X. Canope (feat. Irit Asayas, cello & Daniel Akiva, guitar)
Gabriele Bukowski
2:28 $0.99
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20. Preludes, Book II, L. 123: IX. Hommage a S. Pickwick (feat. Irit Asayas, cello & Daniel Akiva, guitar)
Gabriele Bukowski
2:49 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Daniel Akiva is a composer, performer, and educator whose performances on guitar and lute have won great acclaim. A native of Haifa whose family has lived in Israel for over five hundred years, he was steeped in the Sephardic tradition from his youth. Much of his compositional output has been devoted to works that grow out of the music of the Sephardic Jews.

Mr. Akiva has appeared in concert as a guitarist and lutist in Israel, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, the United States, Mexico, and in most of the countries of Central and South America. In 1984 he accompanied the soprano Victoria de los Angeles in a series of concerts at the prestigious Israel Festival. His repertoire includes works from the Renaissance through the 21th century.

Daniel Akiva’s output includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choir, voice and guitar, piano, and chamber orchestra. In 1990 his work Mizmorim (Psalms) for guitar solo was awarded the ACUM prize for composition. He has also written music for films including the eight-part television series "Jerusalem That Was in Spain," which was broadcast in five languages throughout the world. His work Siniza i fumo (Smoke and Ashes), for mezzo-soprano, recorder, flute, narrator, children's choir, guitar, and orchestra, composed in memory of the Jews of Salonika who perished in the Holocaust, was premiered in 1997 in Jerusalem, and was performed several times in the United States in May, 2000. His string quartet Ciclos was awarded the ACUM prize for composition in 2002. In 2006, he received the Amazon Prize for his disc "Hope."

Mr. Akiva is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and completed his studies at the Geneva Conservatorium in Switzerland. He currently heads the Music Department at the WIZO High School for the Arts in Haifa, which he founded in 1986, and has been the Artistic Director of the Guitar Gems Festival since 2006.

"Malchut" for voice and guitar, is a setting of a poem by Rivka Miriam

"Four Prayers" for mandolin and guitar consists of four miniature movements and was written in 2001 by invitation of the mandolinist Avi Avital , and dedicated to him and to the guitar and lute artist Bari Moscovitz. The composition describes different spiritual states as expressed through prayer, moving from contemplation to joy and from meditation to dancing.

The trio "Selichot" was inspired by the penitential poems of the Sephardic Jews for the High Holidays. The composition is a series of dialogues between the three instruments. The dialogues include confrontation, reconciliation, and agreement, three traits of human behavior. The first movement begins with solo oboe which introduces the first theme. The second theme is introduced by the cello, and is based upon the Neilah prayer which concludes Yom Kippur. The second movement begins with a meditative motive played by the guitar and based upon the melody of the poem "As a servant longs" by the medieval poet Solomon ibn Gabirol. The melody is introduced later by the oboe. In the third movement, "The year has ended with its curses," expresses reconciliation and agreement, and is based upon the melody of the poem whose name it bears. Towards the end of the movement, the Neilah motive of the first movement returns as the motive for the blessing which concludes the work.

The song cycle "Sarina kanta" (Sarina sings) is sung in Ladino and was inspired by Sephardic folk songs.Various folk songs are quoted in the work. The first movement, "Dia y noche" ("Day and Night") is based upon a cantiga (lyric love song). The second movement is a fantasia based on a poem by Avner Perez, "Sarina kanta romansas," ("Sarina sings romances"). Sarina is Perez's grandmother, whose memory is recalled in this cycle of poems. The third movement was originally a romance of the Sephardic Jews from Turkey, "Una matika de ruda" ("A spring of Rue"), which over time turned into a cantiga. The fourth movement, "Ya abasha la novia" ("The Bride is Coming Down"), is a humorous wedding song. The fifth movement is a lulluby with a violin obligato part. The cycle concludes with "Ya salio de la mar" ("Here She Comes from the Sea"), a wedding song.

"6 Preludes" selected from the First and Second Books by Claude Debussy were arranged by Daniel Akiva for the combination of oboe, cello and guitar in order to provide color and give expression to the composer’s Impressionistic thought through the independent use of color.


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