2 Lullabies by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) arranged for Violin and Guitar by Gregg Nestor
In 1908 the Jewish Folk Music Society was established in St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire. Initially dedicated to the collection of folklore, the Society rapidly succeeded in creating a body of music by professional composers. Its success was formidable and organized over 154 concerts during the first five years of its activity, publishing more than 80 works of music. Among its stellar figures were composers Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and violinists Jascha Heifetz, Efrem Zimbalist and Mischa Elman. Although it was not until the year of Rimsky-Korsakov's death that the Jewish Folk Music Society was officially founded, his tremendous influence and personal encouragement were directly responsible for its flourishing.
The beautiful “Hebrew Love Song” (1867) is a poignant reflection of the composer's respect for the heritage of his Jewish students at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The “Song of India” is from the opera Sadko (1896). The opera tells the story of Sadko, who travels the world. During his years of travel he amasses a fortune, weds the daughter of the King and Queen of the Ocean and has other adventures. Upon his return, the city and Lubava rejoice.