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In Memory of Yakov Kreizberg


Song: Cantata Dalla Guerra Amorosa

Composed By: Frederic Handel

Sung By: Mark Winkler

Accompanied By: Yakov Kreizberg

Date Recorded: 1982

Handel Cantata – Della Guerra Amarosa

This was the second song listed in my jury recital. My accompanist was a student named Yakov Kreizberg, a Russian Jew who was at Michigan studying conducting. Last year I googled his name and found out he is one of the top 3 conductors living today. He was the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic taking over for Von Karajan. I made contact with him last year briefly and it was very nostalgic. His support for me in my jury recital was the only way I got through it … he was an incredible musician.

I say “was” because when I looked up his correct spelling, I discovered he died of cancer on March 15th, 2011. He was exactly my age. This was a shock to me… hitting so close to home as you can understand.

So I post this recording in memory of Yakov, and though I am far from perfect in it (but I didn’t drop a beat), I can tell you it was one of the greatest moments of my life to have him accompany me.

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