La Tregua : Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers, Vol. II (1895-1945)
Blue Griffin Recording BGR425

Caroline Helton, soprano
Kathryn Goodson, piano
Duration : 53:06
Recording Date : June 13, 2015 - June 15, 2015
Recording Location : Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom
Release Date : April 11, 2017
Leone Sinigaglia : Tre canti (1912)
1 Canto dell'ospite 3:09
2 Quiete meridiana nell'Alpe 2:14
3 Il rifugio 2:52
Guido Alberto Fano : Quattro canti (1895)
4 Era un trillar d'uccelli 2:26
5 Tremavan nel cielo le stelle 2:48
6 Sognai di te 3:02
7 Da lo stagno al ciel gemea 1:03
Renzo Massarani : Due madrigali (1937)
8 Brunetta 2:05
9 Morir vorrei 1:59
Renzo Massarani : Quattro canti veronesi (1934)
10 Ànema cara 2:30
11 Ve la conto e ve la canto 1:04
12 O Dio del çielo 1:41
13 Signor Sergento 1:41
14 Felice Boghen : Vocalise (1932) 3:31
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco : Briciole (1915)
15 Rio Bo 2:29
16 Mezzogiorno 1:14
17 Il passo delle Nazarene 3:41
Guido Alberto Fano : Tre canti (1945, unpublished manuscript)
18 O strana bimba 2:08
19 O falce di luna 2:28
20 Ad Annie 2:48
21 Leone Sinigaglia : La Tregua (1902) 6:14

Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers


Caroline Helton, soprano and Kathryn Goodson, piano
Photo: Sergei Kvitko - Blue Griffin Recording, 2016

Honoring the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and featuring composers who emigrated to the Americas in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution.
Temple Beth El - Maas Chapel
7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Art songs by Italian Jewish Composers, Leone Sinigaglia, Vittorio Rieti, Renzo Massarani and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Texts by Agnolo Poliziano, Aldo Palazzeschi, Gabriele D’Annunzio, and traditional Italian poetry from different regions and time periods; English translations by Caroline Helton and Aloma Bardi.

Co-sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society - Michigan Chapter and the Wayne State Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, with the support of the Italian Program at Wayne State University, under the auspices of the Italian Consulate in Detroit.
ICAMus has contributed to this project with research in American archives on forgotten and unpublished works of Italian American composers.
Aloma Bardi has collaborated for years with Dr. Helton's and Dr. Goodson's programs and their recordings of this rare repertoire.

Read the complete program and texts (PDF) for the concert “Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers”

« Despite the fact that he was 75 years old, the Nazi authorities arrested Leone Sinigaglia in 1944 in an attempt to transport him to a labor camp, but he suffered a heart attack during the arrest and died.
His story is just one of so many incredible lives, careers and musical contributions cut short by the barbarism of the Nazi regime. I chose Sinigaglia’s “La Tregua” with which to end the recording for two reasons.
The first is because ‘”La Tregua” is the title of one of Primo Levi’s most important books about his experiences during the Holocaust, and Primo Levi, like Sinigaglia, was also from Turin, so the coincidence resonated very strongly for me.
In the case of Primo Levi’s book, the title is translated into English as “The Truce;” but another meaning of “la tregua” is what gives me the second reason to conclude with this piece: “respite.”
Both D’Annunzio’s poem (describing the mouth of the river Arno) and Sinigaglia’s magical setting (with flowing figures in the piano bearing the melodic line along in its current to the sea)
perfectly capture the essence of tranquility and respite, delivering a message of peace and healing.
We are so grateful for the gift of such beauty, and we defy the attempt to destroy it by continuing to search for, perform and record these exquisite Songs from a Lost World. »

(Caroline Helton, The University of Michigan - School of Music; From the CD Liner Notes, 2016)

Recital Program

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Florence 1895 - Beverly Hills 1968)

Vocalise-Étude (Chant Hébraïque) (1928)

Briciole (1915)
I. Rio Bo
II. Mezzogiorno
III. Il passo delle Nazarene

Leone Sinigaglia (Torino 1868-1944)

Vecchie canzoni popolari del Piemonte (1914)
I. Verdolin Verdolinetto
II. Il grillo e la formica

La Tregua (1902)

Vittorio Rieti (Alexandria, Egypt 1898 - New York 1994)

Quattro liriche italiane (1945)
I. E per un bel cantar
II. La non vuol esser più mia
III. E lo mio cor s’inchina
IV. Canti ognun

Renzo Massarani (Mantova 1898 - Rio de Janeiro 1975)

Quattro canti veronesi (1934)
I. Ànema cara
II. Ve la conto e ve la canto
III. O Dio del çielo
IV. Signor Sergento