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Milken Archive - Great Songs Of The Yiddish Stage, Vol 2


Release Date: 04/19/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559432   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sholom SecundaAlexander OlshanetskyLouis GilrodHerman Wohl,   ... 
Performer:  Simon SpiroAmy GoldsteinBruce AdlerRobert Abelson,   ... 
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber OrchestraOrquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Now in its final lap to the finish—this marks the 35th of the promised 50 releases—the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music brings us a second volume of songs from the Yiddish stage. Volume 1 was among the earliest of the Archive’s releases, back in September of 2003; and, according to the press release I received for the current volume, there is a third yet to come.

New York’s Yiddish Theater, which flourished during the early decades of the 20th century up to the time of the Great Depression, provided a cultural milieu for Jewish émigrés to America, largely from Russia, Poland, and Eastern Europe. The composers who wrote music for the various stage and theatrical productions, though mainly Jewish immigrants
Read more themselves, did not remain uninfluenced by American music and theater arts, particularly jazz and vaudeville. The classic example, of course, is the title song of this CD, Bay mir bistu Sheyn (“In my eyes you are beautiful”). So absorbed into American culture did this song become that it won the ASCAP award for the most popular song of 1938, and sales of its recording by the Andrews Sisters surpassed those of any previous American pop hit. Its further arrangements and performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Judy Garland, Rudy Vallee, Kate Smith, and Benny Goodman obscured the song’s origin as a set number in Sholom Secunda’s 1932 musical comedy M’ken lebn nor m’lost nit (“I Would if I Could”). Not possessed of a keen business sense, Secunda sold the rights to the song to Sammy Cahn for the proverbial “song.”

While none of the other songs in this collection, including those by Secunda, (1894–1974) have achieved the kind of universality of Bay mir bistu Sheyn, each offers its own special reward, whether it be the praise and gratitude felt by the immigrants for their new homeland in Lebn zol Kolumbus (“Long live Columbus”), or the caustic humor of Nu, zog mir shoyn ven (“So, tell me already when”) in which Tootsie expresses her thinly veiled impatience and disgust with Misha who keeps promising to marry her, but can’t seem to bring himself to pop the question. One number, in particular, is a real showstopper, both literally and figuratively. Dos Yidishe lid, (“The Jewish song”) another Secunda composition, was originally conceived for a 1924 production of a serious musical melodrama, In namen fun Got, (“In the Name of God”) but it has since become a virtuoso cantorial tour-de-force, weaving the Kol Nidre into its quasi-religious narrative. Cantor Benzion Miller, as always, delivers a masterful performance.

Whether influenced by operatic, American music hall, Yiddish theater, vaudeville, or cabaret models—as in the Klezmeresque Hudl mitn shtrudel (“Hudl, what’s up with your strudel”) by an unknown hand—there is enough on this program for everyone to find a favorite and to derive many hours of listening pleasure.

-- Jerry Dubins

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Works on This Recording

1.
Bay nir bistu sheyn by Sholom Secunda
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
2.
Der katerinshtshik: Ikh hob dikh tsufil lib (I love you too much) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Amy Goldstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1935 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
3.
Di eyntsike nakht: Eyn kuk af dir (The One and Only Night: Just One Look at You) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Amy Goldstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
4.
A malke af peysekh (A Queen for Passover) by Louis Gilrod
Performer:  Bruce Adler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
5.
Der letster tants: Glik (The Last Dance: Happiness) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Robert Abelson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
6.
Lebn zol kolumbus (Long Live Columbus!) by Herman Wohl
Performer:  Joanne Borts (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Arnold Perlmutter (1859 - 1953). 
7.
A gute heym (A Good Home) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Robert Bloch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
8.
Vos meydlekh tuen: Nu, zog mir shoyn ven (What Girls Do: So Just Tell Me When, Already) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Amy Goldstein (Soprano), Simon Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
9.
Dos yidishe lid (The Jewish Song) by Sholom Secunda
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
10.
Mit dir in eynem (Together with You) by Ilia Trilling
Performer:  Amy Goldstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
11.
Zayn yidishe meydl: Mayn yidishe meydle (His Jewish Girl: My Jewish Girl) by Sholom Secunda
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
12.
Slutsk by Herman Wohl
Performer:  Robert Abelson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
13.
Samet und zayd (Velvet and Silk) by Herman Wohl
Performer:  Amy Goldstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
14.
Hudl mitn shtrudl (Hudl with Her Strudel) by Anonymous
Performer:  Bruce Adler (Tenor), David Krakauer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
15.
Unter beymer (Beneath the Trees) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
16.
A ganeydn far tzvey: Ikh bin farlibt (A Paradise for Two: I'm in Love) by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Tenor), Amy Goldstein (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
17.
A freylekhe mishpokhe: Skrip klezmerl, skripe (A Happy Family: Fiddle, Klezmer, Scrape Away) by Sholom Secunda
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 

Sound Samples

M'ken lebn nor m'lost nit: Bay mir bistu sheyn (I would if I could: In my eyes you're beautiful): M'ken lebn nor m'lost nit: Bay mir bistu sheyn (I Would If I Could: In My Eyes You're Beautiful)
Der katerinshtshik: Ikh hob dikh tsufil lib (The Organ-Grinder: I Love You Too Much)
Di eyntsike nakht: Eyn kuk af dir (The One and Only Night: Just One Look at You)
A malke af peysekh (A Queen for Passover)
Der letster tants: Glik (The Last Dance: Happiness)
Lebn zol kolumbus (Long Live Columbus!)
A gute heym (A Good Home)
Vos meydlekh tuen: Nu, zog mir shoyn ven (What Girls Do: So Just Tell Me When, Already)
Dos yidishe lid (The Jewish Song)
Mit dir in eynem (Together with You)
Zayn yidishe meydl: Mayn yidishe meydle (His Jewish girl: My Jewish girl): Zayn yidishe meydl: Mayn yidishe meydle (His Jewish Girl: My Jewish Girl)
Slutsk
Samet und zayd (Velvet and Silk)
Hudl Mitn Shtrudl (arr. J. Kull and Z. Mlotek): Hudl mitn shtrudl (Hudl with Her Strudel)
Unter beymer (Beneath the Trees)
A ganeydn far tzvey: Ikh bin farlibt (A Paradise for Two: I'm in Love)
A freylekhe mishpokhe: Skrip klezmerl, skripe (A happy family: Fiddle, klezmer, scrape away): A freylekhe mishpokhe: Skrip klezmerl, skripe (A Happy Family: Fiddle, Klezmer, Scrape Away)

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