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Milken Archive - Lazar Weiner / The Art Of Yiddish Song


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559443   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry SnyderRobert AbelsonMeir FinkelsteinYehudi Wyner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Lazar WEINER Yosl Klezmer. Yidish. Ergets vayt. Ikh hob far dir a Sod. A Nign. Shtile Likht. Got geyt mir nokh umetum. Khoyves. Got un Mentsh. Tsela-Tseldi. Der Sholem-Zokher. Toybnshtile. Viglid (text, Shumiatcher-Hirshbein) . Fun vayte Teg. Bald vet zayn a regn. A Papir vil bageyn zelbstmord. Der Yid mint Fidl. Baym bentschen Likht. A Gebet. Shtile Tener. A Foter tzu zayn Zun. Volt mayn Tate raykh geven. Dos Reyd funem Novi. Ovnt-Lid. Gramen geshribn in Zamd. Ikh hob dikh shoyn lang. Viglid (text, Markish). Dos Gold fun dayne Oygn. Di Mayse mit der Velt. Ikh bin der Vaynrib. Unter dayne vayse Shtern. Yidn zingen ani ? Raphael Frieder, Ida Rae Cahana, Meir Finkelstein, Elizabeth Shammash, Robert Abelson, David Ossenfort, Harold Orbach, Re?ut Ben Ze?ev, Susan Davenny-Wyner (voc); Yehudi Wyner, Barry Snyder (pn) ? NAXOS 8.559443 (74:14)


This would appear to be the last of the three volumes of Yiddish songs promised by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. There are 32 songs on this CD, assigned variously to nine singers and two piano accompanists. To cross-reference each with the corresponding song titles by means of superscripts would be more likely, I think, to add clutter rather than clarity. Even the enclosed booklet, so thick with Neil Levin?s detailed notes and the texts and translations of every song that it can barely be pried from the jewel case, concedes the impossibility of including any further details by referring readers to the Milken Archive?s Web site for information on the artists. Taking my cue then from the CD itself, I visited www.milkenarchive.org for the first time, and was quite delighted to find a Web site not unlike Fanfare?s own Archive, with extensive cross-referencing and search capabilities. I would therefore encourage you to visit this site for bios on the individual artists and more information on this and other Milken Archive CDs.


Aptly titled, ?The Art of Yiddish Song? differs from its earlier companions (8.559405 and 8.559432) in a couple of respects. The first is that the entire disc is devoted to the work of a single composer, and the second is that these are not songs of the Yiddish theater and stage, but rather Yiddish ?art? songs in the tradition of the German Lied and the French chanson or mélodie.


Ukrainian-born Lazar Weiner (1897?1982) came to the US in 1914. Finding employment as an accompanist in the voice studio of Lazar Samoiloff, the young Weiner learned the vast vocal repertoire and became interested in composition. At the same time, a fortuitous meeting with violinist Nahum Baruch Minkoff introduced Weiner to a literary circle of modern Yiddish poets and writers. The die was cast. From this point forward, Weiner would immerse himself in the endeavors of Yiddish choral societies, cantorial organizations, and the synagogue. His musical contributions to the Workmen?s Circle Chorus and to the Central and Park Avenue Synagogues in New York are many. But Weiner?s reputation rests mostly on his output of over 200 songs, set to the Yiddish verses of poets mainly contemporaneous with himself?Naftoli Gross, Yakov-Yitskhak Segal, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Jacob Glatstein, to name just four.


A first hearing left me with the impression that the poetry is better than Weiner?s musical settings. The idiom is what I would call first-half-of-the-20th-century modern, more declamatory and ?sing-songy? than lyrical-melodic. But on a second hearing, I realized I was listening with the wrong ears. Weiner?s allegiance, musically speaking, is not at all to the German Lied tradition of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, et al , but to a more generalized French Impressionism and beyond. Debussy is to the fore, but strains of Chabrier, Ibert, Vierne, and Widor echo aft, while scents of Poulenc, Roussel, and Séverac hint at slightly later and different influences. Were the language not Yiddish, anyone listening to these songs would guess a French provenance. This should not be in the least shocking, given that Weiner would have been exposed to this entire repertoire as accompanist in Samoiloff?s studio, when much of it was hot off the presses.


Heard in this context, Weiner?s vague harmonies, Impressionistic washes of color?listen to track 28, Dos Gold fun dayne Oygn (?The Gold in your Eyes?), the irregular rhythms, and a-melodic vocal lines take on a whole new dimension. I suppose what I am saying is that it took me more than one hearing to connect with these songs, but once I did, they really grew on me, and I?m pretty sure they will grow on you too.


I would not wish to diminish the contributions of any of the artists involved in this production by singling out any one of them for special commendation. Truly, they are all excellent. On the whole, the Milken Archive?s vocalists have been a mixed bag, but for this release, they are all without Khoyves (debts). The poems are quite exceptional too, wide-ranging in subject and emotion. Recommended.


FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
A nign by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry Snyder (Piano), Robert Abelson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
2.
Viglid by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Meir Finkelstein (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Gateway Studios, Surrey, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Notes: The author of the text of this version of Viglid is Peretz Markish. 
3.
A gebet by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
4.
Shtile tener by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Elizabeth Shammash (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
5.
Volt majn tate raych geven by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Ida Rae Cahana (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
6.
Di reid funm novi by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Harold Orbach (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
7.
Yosl Klezmer by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Raphael Frieder (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
8.
Yidish by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Ida Rae Cahana (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
9.
Ergets Vayt by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Meir Finkelstein (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Gateway Studios, Surrey, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
10.
Ikh hob far dir a sod by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Elizabeth Shammash (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
11.
Shtile likht by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Ida Rae Cahana (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
12.
Got geyt mir nokh umetum by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), David Ossenfort (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
13.
Khoyves by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), David Ossenfort (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
14.
Got un mentsh by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), David Ossenfort (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
15.
Tsela-Tseldi by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Ida Rae Cahana (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
16.
Der Sholem-Zokher by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Raphael Frieder (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
17.
Toybnshtile by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry Snyder (Piano), Harold Orbach (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
18.
Fun vayte teg by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry Snyder (Piano), Robert Abelson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
19.
Bald vet zayn a regn by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Susan Davenny Wyner (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1972 
Venue:  Live  Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
20.
A papir vil bageyn zelbstmord by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Susan Davenny Wyner (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1972 
Venue:  Live  Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
21.
Der Yid mitn fidl by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry Snyder (Piano), Robert Abelson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
22.
Baym bentshn likht by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Elizabeth Shammash (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
23.
A foter tsu zayn zun by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Barry Snyder (Piano), Robert Abelson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
24.
Ovnt-Lid by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Susan Davenny Wyner (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1972 
Venue:  Live  Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
25.
Gramen geshribn in zamd by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Raphael Frieder (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
26.
Ikh hob dikh shoyn lang by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Ida Rae Cahana (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
27.
Dos Gold fun dayne oygn by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Ida Rae Cahana (Voice), Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
28.
Di mayse mit der velt by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Robert Abelson (Voice), Barry Snyder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
29.
Ikh bin der vaynrib by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Susan Davenny Wyner (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1972 
Venue:  Live  Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
30.
Unter dayne vayse shtern by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Ida Rae Cahana (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
31.
Yidn zingen ani mamin by Lazar Weiner
Performer:  Robert Abelson (Voice), Barry Snyder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourne Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 

Sound Samples

Yosl klezmer (Yosl the Musician)
Yidish (Yiddish)
Ergets vayt (Somewhere Far)
Ikh hob far dir a sod (I Have a Secret for You)
A nign (A Melody)
Shtile likht (Quiet Candles)
3 Poems by Abraham Joshua Heschel: Got geyt mir nokh umetum (God Follows Me Everywhere)
3 Poems by Abraham Joshua Heschel: Khoyves (Debts)
3 Poems by Abraham Joshua Heschel: Got un mentsh (God and Man)
Tsela-tseldi
Der sholem-zokher (The Son-Welcoming Ceremony)
Toybnshtile (Hushed-Doves)
Viglid (Cradle Song)
Fun vayte teg (From Distant Days)
2 Humoresques: Bald vet zayn a regn (Soon It Will Rain)
2 Humoresques: A papir vil bageyn zelbstmord (A Paper Wants to Commit Suicide)
Der yid mitn fidl (The Jew with the Fiddle)
Baym bentshn likht (While Lighting the Candles)
A gebet (A Prayer)
Shtile tener (Hushed Tones)
A foter tsu zayn zun (A Father to His Son)
Volt mayn tate raykh geven (If My Father Were Rich)
Dos reyd funem novi (The Words of the Prophet)
Ovnt-lid (Evening Song)
Gramen geshribn in zamd (Rhymes Traced in Sand)
Ikh hob dikh shoyn lang (Long Haven't I)
Viglid (Cradle Song)
Dos gold fun dayne oygn (The Gold in Your Eyes)
Di mayse mit der velt (The Story of the World)
Ikh bin der vaynrib (I Am the Grapevine)
Unter dayne vayse shtern (Under Your White Stars)
Yidn zingen ani mamin (Jews Are Singing Ani mamin): Yidn zingen ani mamin (Jews Are Singing "ani mamin")

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