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Milken Archive - Celebration Of Israel

Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559461   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt WeillJulius ChajesHerbert FrommMax Helfman,   ... 
Performer:  Ana Maria MartinezMartin SchebestaBenzion MillerMargaret Bishop
Conductor:  Karl Anton RickenbacherElli JaffeSamuel AdlerGerald Wirth,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony OrchestraSlovak Radio Symphony OrchestraVienna Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on this CD is a joyous celebration of Zionist dreams and hopes, as well as of daily life in Israel. From the mystical nostalgia of Old Jerusalem to the rambunctious energy of Yom b’kibbutz (A Day on a Kibbutz), this delightful program takes listeners on an unforgettable musical voyage to the land of Israel.

“Max Helfman’s ‘Israel Suite’ features some sophisticated choral writing... Julius Chajes’ ‘Hebrew Suite’ is evocative... The real surprise on the CD is Herbert Fromm’s delicate ‘Yemenite Suite.’ As usual with the Milken sets, the performances are excellent...” — George Robinson, The Jewish Week (6/16/06)

“Four stars. This is one of the most appealing of the continuing series... [Weill’s Hatikva
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Works on This Recording

Hatikva by Kurt Weill
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Old Jerusalem by Julius Chajes
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Pioneers by Herbert Fromm
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Israel Suite by Max Helfman
Performer:  Martin Schebesta (Piano)
Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Hebrew Suite by Julius Chajes
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Adarim by Julius Chajes
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Palestine Suite by Walter Scharf
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Yemenite Cycle by Herbert Fromm
Performer:  Margaret Bishop (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Players
Period: 20th Century 
Yom b'kibbutz by Sholom Secunda
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Old Jerusalem: (Psalm 134)
Pioneers (Halutzim) - March on Israeli Motifs
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): I. Hamisha
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): II. Laila had'mama
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): III. B'yom kayitz
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): IV. Laila pele
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): V. Ma yafim halleilot
Israel Suite (arr. C. Davidson): VI. Sisu v'simhu
Hebrew Suite: I. Prayer
Hebrew Suite: II. Walls of Zion
Hebrew Suite: III. Hora
The Palestine Suite: I. River Jordan
The Palestine Suite: II. Andante
The Palestine Suite: III. Celebration
Yemenite Cycle: I. Introduction
Yemenite Cycle: II. Yom ze l'yisra'el
Yemenite Cycle: III. Bammidbar
Yemenite Cycle: IV. Zamm'ri li
Yemenite Cycle: V. Shalom l'vo shabbat
Yom b'kibbutz (A Day on a Kibbutz)

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