The Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and Russian pianist Magda Amara present a program of Rachmaninov pieces that sensitively reflect and capture his genius with this release. Along with well known Rachmaninov repertoire, the CD also includes Sonata for cello and piano op.19 which evolved after a lengthy period of depression and compositional despair catalyzed by the critical failure of his Symphony Nr. 1 and requiring therapeutic treatments to end. Some have said that after emerging from this creative black hole, Rachmaninovs humility and compassion produced works that were richer than was the case previously. This release makes a convincing argument that this was indeed the case.
Upon graduating from The Music Academy in Jerusalem, Sela evolved from classical music and jazz into ethnic music, specializing in unique woodwind instruments of this genre. Sela plays in a variety of classic and ethnic woodwinds including: Classical Clarinet, Turkish Clarinet, Silver Flute, Indian Bamboo Flute, Turkish Zorna, Armanian Duduk, African Flute, Saxophone, Irish Penny Whislte, Middle Eastern Ney Flute. In recent years, Sela has performed and recorded with some of the best international artists including Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Turkey), Ross Daily (Greece), Adel Salameh (France) and the leading international Jewish singer, Avraham Fried (USA). He has also performed with some of the leading Israeli musicians and singers such as Idan Raichel (The Idan Raichel Project), Rita, Etti Ankri, Yair Dalal, Shem Tov Levy, Din Din Aviv.