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The Royal Edition - Bloch: Sacred Services; Foss / Bernstein

Release Date: 07/28/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47533   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ernest BlochLukas FossPaul Ben-Haim
Performer:  Robert MerrillRabbi Judah CahnJennie TourelSylvia Marlowe,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Synagogue ChoirNew York Community Church ChoirNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Teaming composers as disparate as Bloch, Foss and Ben-Haim on the basis of shared ethnicity seems a slightly dubious exercise. On the other hand, since these three performances may be considered definitive, this is a real opportunity to discover some worthwhile new music. Bloch's Sacred Service is perfectly approachable in idiom, although, in echoing 'colourful' scores like Schelomo rather than anything more astringent, Bloch does not avoid an impression of rhythmic squareness. Those familiar with the more avant-gardiste utterances of Lukas Foss will scarcely recognize the composer from his early Song of Songs, at last getting a proper UK release. The manner is postHindemith, pre-Bernstein; Tippettian pastoral, with an exotic element Read more intensified here by the cosmopolitan delivery of Jeannie Tourel. The orchestral accompaniment is not technically beyond reproach but the playing has total conviction and Tourel's is a performance to treasure. Only the post-Stravinskian eclecticism of Ben Haim's Sweet Psalmist of Israel is a little hard to take over half an hour.

-- Gramophone [11/1992]
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Works on This Recording

Avodath hakodesh by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Rabbi Judah Cahn (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Synagogue Choir,  New York Community Church Choir,  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1933; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 04/10/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 52 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Song of Songs by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/27/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 25 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Sweet Psalmist of Israel by Paul Ben-Haim
Performer:  Sylvia Marlowe (Harpsichord), Christine Stavrache (Harp)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; Israel 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1959 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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