Music by Boris Yoffe

A Symphony is a Story.

In my mind's eye this music transforms itself into a house - but how does a story turn into a house? I imagine a remote location, with the design of the house, just the way I like it! All the rooms in the house are linked in one way or another, in a manner similar to the individual pieces in the Sechs Entwürfe; each single smaller movement can best be understood in conjunction with and completed by the other movements in the set.

We - like family members who have never met - find each other here, admire the room, make music together, talk of things both cheerful and painful, dance together in groups of two and three. Some of my favorite works of literature lie open: Bunte Steine by Adalbert Stifter, the speech of Pico della Mirandola, Joseph Brodsky's poem about spilled milk... Two manuscripts - one in Ladino, one in Ashkenazi - betray attempts at learning the languages of my forefathers.

Or is this all just a random collection of ten rough, silent stones - granite, limestone, calcite - and has the spilled milk now become too viscous to mirror the transparent shadows of the old Rabbis?

Boris Yoffe, 2011

  1. Bunte Steine
  2. Sechs Entwürfe für Cello
  3. Aus Aschkenaz
  4. Ladino
  5. Caprichos
  6. Der Lautenspieler
  7. Sechs Entwürfe für Gitarre
  8. Oratio de lacte effuso
  9. Oratio de hominis dignitate
  10. Symbol - Präludium
  11. Symbol - Abschied
  12. Symbol - Leben
  13. Symbol - Herbstabend

All compositions and arrangements by Boris Yoffe
Text of "Symbol" by Adalbert Stifter (1805 – 1868)


Performing artists:

Augustin Wiedemann (classical guitar)
Dmitri Dichtiar (cello)
Cornelia Melian (voice)
Ekkehard Weber (viola da gamba)

Produced by Klaus Wolfgang Wildner
Recorded by Dennis Kopacz @ kleine audiowelt, Sandhausen
Mixed by Markus Born @ kleine audiowelt, Sandhausen
Mastered by Christoph Stickel, MSM-Studios, Munich
Wildner Records 2011

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