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TOCH: Cantata of the Bitter Herbs / Jephta


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TOCH: Cantata of the Bitter Herbs / Jephta

Fetters fell, the captive rose. Old is the memory of Israel’s escape from Egypt. Told and retold for thousands of years, the story has given strength to the weary, hope to the disheartened.” Thus begins Toch’s Cantata of the Bitter Herbs, a unique musical-dramatic work begun during the great German-Jewish composer’s forced exile to the United States, and premiered in Los Angeles in the midst of World War Two. Toch’s retelling of the Passover story is cast as an appeal for universal justice and liberation from oppression. The composer’s ultimately triumphant vision is set to luminous late Romantic music and includes a solo quartet that recalls the beauty of the famous trio from Der Rosenkavalier.

Toch, Ernst
Alden, Don / Sonderling, Jacob, lyricist(s)

  Cantata of the Bitter Herbs, Op. 65
1.   Introduction and Psalm 114 00:06:12
2.   Sheheheyanu 00:01:34
3.   Children's Dance 00:01:52
4.   The Ten Plagues 00:01:59
5.   And it Was at Midnight 00:02:25
6.   Aria 00:04:07
7.   Psalm 126 00:07:17
8.   He Saved My Soul from Death 00:01:59
9.   God of Right, God of Might 00:08:25
10.   Hymn 00:03:43

Toch, Ernst

  Jephta (Symphony No. 5)
11.   Jephta (Symphony No. 5) 00:25:26

Total Playing Time: 01:04:59

Toch, Ernst

Alden, Don; Sonderling, Jacob

Schwarz, Gerard

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Prague Philharmonic Chorus

Bikel, Theodore; Christopher, Ted; Clement, Richard; Meyer, Carol; Shammash, Elizabeth

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559417

Barcode: 0636943941720

Boxset: NMIL51

Physical Release: 03/2004

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