Newsletter: Discovery in the Radio archive – a lost recording of Marc Lavry
Newsletter from March 23, 2017:
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While wandering through dozens of unidentified recordings that the National Library received from the Israeli Broadcasting Service, I stumbled upon a recording which style I immediately recognized. Although I had never heard the composition, Lavry oozed from it.
I identified the instruments – two flutes, cello and piano, and understood to what I was listening for the very first time.
About three years ago I was contacted by Ra’anan Eylon, who studied with flutist Hanoch Tel-Oren. Ra’anan found the manuscript of the Concerto for Two Flutes, Cello and Piano, Op. 262 that Lavry wrote for the flutist duo Hanoch and Sharona Tel-Oren in 1956.
I reviewed the sheet music and it was indeed the lost recording of the concerto!
I would like to share with you this charming recording that embodies many of Lavry’s characteristics – lyrical, humorous and an extraordinary orchestrator. This is the original recording by the Dalet Klei Shir quartet, whose members consisted of flutists Sharona and Hanoch Tel-Oren, cellist Yitzhak Blassberger and pianist Nelly Ben-Or.
Tomorrow, March 24, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of the composer Marc Lavry. It’s amazing how his works continue to surprise us.
The Marc Lavry Heritage Society
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