Caprice Records proudly presents the reissuing of something notably unique: the only recording that has ever been made of Moses Pergament’s The Jewish Song. The tragic oblivion surrounding this creation is perhaps typical of Swedish musical life’s relationship to its grand masterpieces. The recording was made in 1974 in conjunction with a concert performance at the Stockholm Concert Hall, and is completely unique. Neither has the music been performed as a whole since this event, which seems incomprehensive when listening to it.
Finland-Swedish composer Moses Pergament (1893-1977) is perhaps one of Swedish music history’s most well-kept secrets. In contrast to e.g. Lars-Erik Larsson and Wilhelm Stenhammar the name Moses Pergament is one largely forgotten today, but during his time he was regarded as one of the major figures in Swedish art music. For the public, he was most famous as a music critic and annalist, whose educational and descriptive style made him an important voice for the understanding and acceptance of the radical new musical trends, and the unprecedented development that followed. In a time when the Swedish art music business was still highly pervaded by the late Romantic ideals, Pergament harbored a keen interest in new music, and was for example one of quite few in art music to gladly welcome the oncoming of jazz in Sweden in the 1930’s.