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June 2019

Mr. Dorman, a prolific Israeli composer who studied with John Corigliano and shares his former teacher's penchant for an eclectic, emotionally direct musical language... Mr. Dorman's colorful but disciplined, intensely focused style is suited to the subject matter, and he has produced a work that appeals to pacifist sensibilities by showing the devastation of war as human, personal and direct. The Gettysburg College Choir and the Tremolo Percussion Ensemble—which is used vigorously in the "Battle" movement, and more subtly elsewhere—perform the piece with eloquence and precision under the baton of Robert Natter in this 2015 studio recording.

Different sides of Mr. Dorman's instrumental writing are on display in "After Brahms—Three Intermezzos for Piano" (2014) and "Nigunim (Violin Sonata No. 3)" (2011). "After Brahms" channels the sensibility of Brahms's late piano music, in both its explosively turbulent and gently introspective manifestations, and is played with both power and poetry by Orli Shaham. "Nigunim" builds on the modal melodic turns of Jewish music (a nigun is a short, repeating melody that can be used in anything from prayer to klezmer performances; nigunim is the plural), expanded upon and recast in the Romantic bravura style. In that spirit, Gil Shaham gives the piece a high-energy, virtuosic reading, with firm support from Ms. Shaham on the piano.

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Photo of the news
June 2019

Mr. Dorman, a prolific Israeli composer who studied with John Corigliano and shares his former teacher's penchant for an eclectic, emotionally direct musical language... Mr. Dorman's colorful but disciplined, intensely focused style is suited to the subject matter, and he has produced a work that appeals to pacifist sensibilities by showing the devastation of war as human, personal and direct. The Gettysburg College Choir and the Tremolo Percussion Ensemble—which is used vigorously in the "Battle" movement, and more subtly elsewhere—perform the piece with eloquence and precision under the baton of Robert Natter in this 2015 studio recording.

Different sides of Mr. Dorman's instrumental writing are on display in "After Brahms—Three Intermezzos for Piano" (2014) and "Nigunim (Violin Sonata No. 3)" (2011). "After Brahms" channels the sensibility of Brahms's late piano music, in both its explosively turbulent and gently introspective manifestations, and is played with both power and poetry by Orli Shaham. "Nigunim" builds on the modal melodic turns of Jewish music (a nigun is a short, repeating melody that can be used in anything from prayer to klezmer performances; nigunim is the plural), expanded upon and recast in the Romantic bravura style. In that spirit, Gil Shaham gives the piece a high-energy, virtuosic reading, with firm support from Ms. Shaham on the piano.

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