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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.   Play with flash player I. Introduction and Chorus: Psalm 98 00:03:21
2.   Play with flash player II. Lighting of the Sabbath Candles 00:02:01
3.   Play with flash player III. Sabbath Hymn, "l'kha dodi" 00:03:45
4.   Play with flash player VII. Mi khamokha 00:02:42
5.   Play with flash player IX. Hashkivenu 00:04:01
6.   Play with flash player XV. Concluding Hymn and Benediction, "Adon olam" 00:03:29

Lavry, Marc

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

Braun, Yehezkel

  Hallel Service (excerpts)
16.   Play with flash player I. Preliminary b'rakha 00:01:46
17.   Play with flash player II. Psalm 113 00:03:09
18.   Play with flash player VI. Psalm 116:1 - 11 00:04:29
19.   Play with flash player VIII. Psalm 117 00:03:26
20.   Play with flash player IX. Psalm 118 00:08:14
21.   Play with flash player 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 (Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin)


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

Release Date: 03/2007

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