CCMOnStage Presents

PORAT and Beethoven


7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

The Ariel Quartet

String Quartet-in-Residence at CCM

Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello

Musical Selections

Ariel Quartet Repertoire

  • Four Ladino Songs for String Quartet (world premiere) 
    Matan Porat (b. 1982)
    Commissioned by Ann and Harry Santen and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, for the 20th Anniversary of the Ariel Quartet     
    • I. Floating - Meno mosso
    • II. Scherzando
    • III. Variation I - poco piu mosso, Theme - Variation II, nervous - piu mosso, Variation III - Variation IV, calmer - Variation V - Variation VI, slow, almost timeless - Variation VII - Theme
  • String Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 74  “Harp”     
    Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    • I. Poco adagio – Allegro
    • II. Adagio ma non troppo
    • III. Presto
    • IV. Allegretto con variazioni

Composer's Note

By Matan Porat

The Judeo-Spanish language, also known as Ladino, was originally spoken in Spain but after the Edict of Expulsion in 1492 spread across the Balkan, Turkey and Morocco among Jews.

These Four Ladino Songs were chosen from a rich heritage of folksongs, almost all of which are dealing with the themes of love and pain. The quartet is in three contrasting movements.

The first movement consists of two songs, “Los Bilbilicos” and “Yo Era Ninya”, and depicts the yearning of a faraway loved one.

The second movement is a scherzo, full of humor and wit, on the text of “mi suegra, la negra”, a humorous text about an evil stepmother who makes the life of the bride miserable.

The final movement is a theme with seven variations on “Durme, Durme”, which concludes with the quartet singing the theme and nursing a baby to sleep.

The quartet was commissioned by Ann and Harry Santen and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, for the 20th Anniversary of the Ariel Quartet.

Los Bilbilicos 
Los bilbilicos cantan 
Con sospiros de amor 
Mi neshama y mi ventura 
Estan en tu poder

La rosa enorece 
En el mes de mai 
Mi neshama s’escurece 
Sufriendo del amor

Mas presto ven palomba 
Mas presto ven a mi 
Mas presto tu mi alma 
Que yo me vo morir

The Nightingales 
The nightingales sing 
With sighs of love 
My soul and my fate 
Are in your power

The rose blooms 
In the month of 
May My soul darkens 
Suffering from love

Come quickly my dove 
More quickly come to me 
Come, you my soul, 
For I will surely die

Yo era ninya 
Yo era ninya de kaza alta 
No savia de sufrir 
Por kaer kon ti berbante 
Me metites a servir

I was a girl 
I was a girl from an upper class family and I never knew of any suffering, 
Because I fell in love with you, 
You’ve brought me misfortune.

Mi suegra, la negra 
Mi suegra, la negra  
Con mí se daquileya  
Yo no puedo más vivir con ella   
Ella es muy fuerte, como la muerte   
Más presto me veré sin ella

Un día, asentada con mi marido  
Ella detrás como un enemigo  
Me dió un pillisko, me dió un modrisco Más presto me veré sin ella

En los días de la dulzura 
Ella ensembra la amargura 
El güerco venga, por la soltura 
Que yo ya no puedo vivir 
Con ella con mi suegra, la negra

My mother-in-law, the dark one 
My mother-in-law, the dark one  
Taunts me  
I cannot live with her anymore  
She is very strong, like death  
How quickly I can see myself without her 

One day, sitting with my husband,  
She was behind me like an enemy,  
She gave me a pinch, she gave me a big bite  
How quickly I can see myself without her

On the sweetest of days 
She sows bitterness 
May the devil come and take her away 
For I can no longer live with her 
With my mother-in-law, the dark one

Durme, Durme 
Durme, durme ijiko de madre 
Durme, durme sin ansia i dolor 
Durme, durme sin ansia i dolor

Sleep, sleep 
Sleep, sleep; mother's little boy 
Free from worry and from pain, 
Free from worry and from pain.

About the Ariel Quartet

Described by the American Record Guide as "a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power," the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012.

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The Ariel Quartet

A portrait of Gershon Gerchikov.

Gershon Gerchikov

Assistant Professor of Violin

A portrait of Alexandra Kazovsky.

Alexandra Kazovsky

Assistant Professor of Violin

A portrait of Jan Grüning.

Jan Grüning

Assistant Professor of Viola

A portrait of Amit Even-Tov.

Amit Even-Tov

Assistant Professor of Cello

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