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Gerard Schwarz's Naxos Interview
An American Champion – Gerard Schwarz Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann


“Their music is southern, suffused with brilliant light, like the air of the Mediterranean lands, translucent, striving for clarity—”

This description of the “Mediterranean style” in music comes from the eminent critic Max Brod, and it applies to varying degrees to the three sacred services featured here by Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim, Marc Lavry, and Yehezkel Braun. The popularity of their music owes much to the novelty of exotic sounds, idioms, and reflections of the land of Israel and of the wider Jewish orient, all finely crafted in the beloved forms of the Western classical tradition. This is spiritual music that easily transports the heart and senses to the Holy Land. All three services were commissioned and premiered in the United States.

Ben-Haim, Paul

  Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday Evening Service) (excerpts)
1.   I. Introduction and Chorus: Psalm 98 00:03:21
2.   II. Lighting of the Sabbath Candles 00:02:01
3.   III. Sabbath Hymn, "l'kha dodi" 00:03:45
4.   VII. Mi khamokha 00:02:42
5.   IX. Hashkivenu 00:04:01
6.   XV. Concluding Hymn and Benediction, "Adon olam" 00:03:29

Lavry, Marc

  Sabbath Eve Sacred Service (excerpts)
7.   Prelude 00:03:07
8.   I. Mizmor shir (Tov l'hodot) 00:03:22
9.   Ia. Interlude 00:01:16
10.   II. L'kha dodi 00:02:01
11.   III. Bar'khu - sh'ma yisra'el 00:03:21
12.   IV. V'ahavta 00:03:14
13.   V. Mi khamokha 00:04:28
14.   VI. V'sham'ru 00:03:44
15.   VII. Yism'bu 00:03:17

Braun, Yehezkel

  Hallel Service (excerpts)
16.   I. Preliminary b'rakha 00:01:46
17.   II. Psalm 113 00:03:09
18.   VI. Psalm 116:1 - 11 00:04:29
19.   VIII. Psalm 117 00:03:26
20.   IX. Psalm 118 00:08:14
21.   X. Concluding b'rakha 00:05:40

Total Playing Time: 01:13:53

Ben-Haim, Paul; Braun, Yehezkel; Lavry, Marc

Itai, Avner; Levi, Yoel; Schwarz, Gerard

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


BBC Singers; Ernst Senff Choir

Finkelstein, Meir; Frieder, Raphael; Kirchner, Matthew

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559452

Barcode: 0636943945223

Boxset: NMIL51

Physical Release: 03/2007

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