The First Recording of Songs of the Shulamite by Castelnuovo-Tedesco

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Soprano Jodi Burns and the Sono Auros Ensemble are preparing a recording project to create the first ever CD of the Songs of the Shulamite by the Italian-Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968). This glorious work is set to verses from the Song of Songs and is a full-length chamber song cycle for soprano, flute, harp, and string quartet. Written in 1953, it had not been performed for 60 years until we performed it at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, NC in May of 2023.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco was raised in Florence by his Sephardic family who had relocated to Italy in 1492 after the expulsion by Queen Isabella of Spain. In 1938, already a well-established composer of International renown, Mario and his wife left for America after the Racial laws were passed in Italy. He was recommended to Metro Goldwyn Mayer by the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. Castelnuovo-Tedesco moved to Hollywood and wrote most or part of some 200 film scores, all the while writing his serious concert music until his opus numbers reached well over 200 by the time of his death.

The other works on this album will include another work by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the Rhapsody for Solo Harp titled The Harp of King David. Also included are the Sonata for Flute and Harp by Soviet-Jewish composer Adrian Shaposhnikov, Nocturne for cello and harp by Dutch-Jewish composer Henriëtte Bosmans, and lastly the great Trio No. 1, for flute, cello, and harp by Hungarian-Jewish composer László Lajtha.

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  • June 29, 2024 8:31 am

    Dear donors,

    We wish to thank you all for your very generous donations towards our new CD. We are doing well so far and hope to begin recording sometime in the fall of 2024. We will take a number of months to get all the recording sessions done– if we space all the pieces out with 2 or 3 months in between for preparation, we will ensure that the CD will be of the highest quality.

    Best wishes to all,

    Sam Magill, Lucian Rinando, and Grace Ludtke

2024-07-07
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"This gift is dedicated to my niece, Grace Wepner Ludtke. Thank you for all your beautiful music and for your love and support of our daughter, Rose. We love you!!"
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The First Recording of Songs of the Shulamite by Castelnuovo-Tedesco

$3,250   raised
GOAL: $20,000

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15

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Sono Auros Trio Recording Project
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The Sono Auros Trio was formed in 2017 by flutist Lucian Rinando, cellist Sam Magill, and harpist Melanie Genin. In 2020 the trio was reestablished in Greensboro, NC, and has been joined by harpist Grace Ludtke. The repertoire for this kind of trio is quite small, necessitating lots of research. When we discovered that there was a big chamber song cycle by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, we were excited to learn it. We presented it in its first performance in 60 years at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, NC, and realized right away that this work, Songs of the Shulamite, based on the Song of Songs, was a masterpiece that the world needs to hear. We therefore want to make the world premiere CD of this beautiful piece of music.

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    A file download for two of the works on the recording.

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    A file download for three of the works on the recording.

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    A file download for the entire recording.

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    The physical CD plus any number of file downloads.

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    All of the above plus a live concert given by Sono Auros at a place of your choosing. This is provided we are able to travel to the location.

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    All of the above plus an additional 10 copies of the physical CD and a private lesson on either the flute, cello, or harp.

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