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Timeless Jewish legends and unforgettable dramatic characters come to life in these opera scenes composed by 20th-century American masters. Ellstein’s The Golem retells the ancient tale of a clay-made creature, brought to life by kabbalistic spells, who ultimately threatens the very people he was intended to serve. Strassburg’s Chelm, a series of vignettes from a “village of fools,” includes a portrayal of a hapless newlywed couple who conduct a hilarious search for an ideal wedding present. Tamkin’s The Dybbuk transforms an age-old story of demon possession into a compelling drama wherein the fate of two star-crossed lovers becomes a mystical allegory for the Jewish People and Israel.

Ellstein, Abraham

  The Golem, Act II: Finale
1.   Play with flash player The Golem, Act II: Finale 00:17:23

Strassburg, Robert

  Chelm: Scenes 2-5
2.   Play with flash player Chelm: Scene 2 00:08:46
3.   Play with flash player Chelm: Scene 3 00:06:47
4.   Play with flash player Chelm: Scene 4 00:06:32
5.   Play with flash player Chelm: Scene 5 00:04:09

Tamkin, David

  The Dybbuk (excerpts)
6.   Play with flash player Lord of the Earth! (Act I) 00:05:11
7.   Play with flash player Wedding Music 00:01:37
8.   Play with flash player Under the Earth's Surface 00:02:31
9.   Play with flash player Prelude to Act II 00:03:06
10.   Play with flash player Dance of the Beggars 00:02:07
11.   Play with flash player The Song of Israel 00:06:04

Total Playing Time: 01:04:13

Ellstein, Abraham; Strassburg, Robert; Tamkin, David

Gunzenhauser, Stephen; Hostetter, Paul; Kiesler, Kenneth

Michigan University Symphony Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Opera Ensemble

Allardyce, Lauren; Chellis, Matthew; Evans, Joseph; Frieder, Raphael; Gallant, Michael; Herseth, Freda; Lalli, Richard; Longwell, Karen; Meerdink, Christopher; Oliphant, Tyler; Wood, Carla

Label: Naxos

Series: Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

Genre: Opera

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559424

Barcode: 0636943942420

Boxset: NMIL51

Release Date: 06/2004

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