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Milken Archive - Max Helfman: Di Naye Hagode, Etc

Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max Helfman
Performer:  Theodore BikelRaphael Frieder
Conductor:  Nick StrimpleNeil LevinSamuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choral Society of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Zimriyah ChoraleYoung Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heroic Jewish resistance to German barbarity during the Holocaust was indelibly manifested in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Facing imminent deportation to death camps and preferring, if necessary, to die with dignity in battle, thousands of Jews rose up in armed defiance of their tormentors. Their fierce but doomed struggle—against unimaginable horrors and overwhelming odds—began during Passover, the Festival on which Jews recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt through a canonized narrative, or haggada. After the war, American composer Max Helfman, a legendary champion of Jewish music, immortalized the uprising in his dramatic choral tone poem Di Naye Hagode (The New Haggada), based on Itzik Fefer's epic Yiddish poem The Shadows Read more of the Warsaw Ghetto. For Fefer, who was murdered in Stalin's postwar terror against Soviet Jewry, both Germany's genocide and the episodes of armed Jewish response had become the Jewish people's new, central, and most relevant narrative. Like the Passover haggada, this story must be told and retold, lest a single Jew of the Warsaw Ghetto ever be forgotten. Fefer's poem conveys modern Jewish determination to resist and to remember, and that resolve—to remember forever— is underscored by Helfman's powerful music. Di Naye Hagode is presented here in its world premiere recording.

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Works on This Recording

Di Naye Hagode by Max Helfman
Performer:  Theodore Bikel (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Nick Strimple
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choral Society of Southern California,  Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale,  Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Length: 42 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Hag Habikkurim by Max Helfman
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Hebraeico
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
The Holy Ark by Max Helfman
Performer:  Raphael Frieder (Cantor)
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Chamber Choir Sl'uk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 

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