With the CD release The Mandolin Seasons, Omer Meir Wellber and mandolinist Jacob Reuven fulfill a long-held wish.
Jacob Reuven and Omer Meir Wellber grew up together in the Israeli desert city of Be’er Sheva – Reuven with Iraqi Jewish roots and Wellber coming from a western Jewish community. United since childhood by an irrepressible joie de vivre, they have a shared passion for music and, more specifically, for the instruments of their homeland, learned as schoolboys: mandolin and accordion… (more in the booklet)
And it is with these instruments that the two musicians together with the Sinfonietta Leipzig (musicians of the Gewandhausorchester) completely rediscover the seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla in The Mandolin Seasons.
With Omer Meir Wellber in the role of conductor and continuo player on harpsichord and accordion – meaning he is improvising in both “Seasons” – and Jacob Reuven’s desire to reshape the works for mandolin, both explore and create a new exotic sound world with it.
The recording will be released by Hyperion on 6 May.
Jacob Reuven– mandolin
Omer Meir Wellber – accordion, harpsichord, conductor
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F minor “Winter” RV297
Piazzolla: Invierno porteño (No. 2, “Winter for the people of Buenos Aires” from Las cuatro estaciones porteñas)
Vivaldi: Violin concerto in E major “Spring” RV269
Piazzolla: Primavera porteña (No. 3, “Springtime for the people of Buenos Aires“)
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G minor “Summer” RV315
Piazzolla: Verano porteño (No. 4, “Summer for the people of Buenos Aires“)
Vivaldi: Violin concerto in F major “Autumn” RV293
Piazzolla: Otoño porteño (No. 1, “Autumn for the people of Buenos Aires“)