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Milken Archive - Psalms Of Joy & Sorrow


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchalitGeorge RochbergJacob DruckmanUrsula Mamlok,   ... 
Performer:  Aaron David MillerMeir FinkelsteinPatrick MasonHugh Potton,   ... 
Conductor:  Samuel AdlerMichael BrewerAvner ItaiRonald Corp,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Cantorial ChoirLaudibusRochester Singers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new disc reflects the varied responses of twelve 20th- and 21st-century composers to some of the most affecting and enduring of all biblical texts—the Psalms.

Common to the liturgies, histories, and spirit of both Judaism and Christianity, the biblical Book of Psalms is one of the most widely familiar and most frequently quoted books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms' sentiments and teachings, expressed in a singular blend of majestic grandeur and poignant simplicity, give them a uniquely universal resonance. Encompassing virtually every human emotion and mood from exaltation to alienation, hope to despair, these texts have inspired musical interpretation since Jewish antiquity, with notated musical settings dating back
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Composers of virtually every orientation have engaged the Psalms in compositions ranging from large-scale works for chorus, full orchestra, and soloists to intimate a cappella choral pieces. The original settings heard on this new CD, by both traditionally-minded and avant-garde composers, exemplify the variety of musical treatments and expressions the Psalms have inspired.

Participating artists heard on "Psalms of Joy and Sorrow" include actor Theodore Bikel, cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Charles Osborne and Meir Finkelstein; the BBC Singers, Laudibus Choir, Schola Hebraeica, Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; and conductors Samuel Adler, Michael Brewer, Ronald Corp, Patrick Gardner, Steven Gunzenhauser, Avner Itai, Elli Jaffe, Neil Levin and Karl Anton Rickenbacher.

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Works on This Recording

1.
The 23rd Psalm by Heinrich Schalit
Performer:  Aaron David Miller (Organ)
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Cantorial Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Riverside Church, New York, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Psalms (3) for Unaccompanied Choir: no 1, The Lord is my shepherd by George Rochberg
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Psalms (3) for Unaccompanied Choir: no 3, Praise the Lord in his holiness by George Rochberg
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Sabbath Eve Service "Shir shel yakov": The Lord is King; he is robed in majesty by Jacob Druckman
Performer:  Aaron David Miller (Organ)
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1993 
Venue:  Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, Rochester 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
5.
Cantata "Blessed is the man" by Ursula Mamlok
Conductor:  Michael Brewer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1958 - 1959). 
6.
Friday Evening Service: Ma tovu "How lovely are your dwellings" by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Meir Finkelstein (Tenor)
Conductor:  Avner Itai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum,  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
7.
Friday Evening Service: Shiru ladonai "Sing to the Lord a new song" by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Meir Finkelstein (Tenor)
Conductor:  Avner Itai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum,  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
8.
Shirat Miriam l'shabbat: Ma tovu "How lovely are your dwellings" by Miriam Gideon
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Hugh Potton (Organ)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
9.
Shirat Miriam l'shabbat: Adonai malach "The Lord is King" by Miriam Gideon
Performer:  Hugh Potton (Organ), Patrick Mason (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
10.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion by Philip Glass
Performer:  Theodore Bikel (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Carmina Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2000 
Venue:  Sant Cugat Culture Centre, Barcelona 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Psalms and Supplications: no 2, The Lord is my Shepherd by Donald Waxman
Performer:  Joseph Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1953).
Composition revised: USA (1994). 
12.
Psalm no 2 by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Sarah Leonard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Avner Itai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum,  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Praise the Lord, all nations by Robert Strassburg
Performer:  Justin Bischof (Organ)
Conductor:  Patrick Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/2001 
Venue:  Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brookly 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Al naharot bavel "By the rivers of Babylon" by Zavel Zilberts
Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ), Alberto Mizrahi (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Composition written: 1905 - 1923. 
15.
Psalms and Supplications: no 4, Jonah's Prayer from the Belly of the Whale by Donald Waxman
Performer:  Joseph Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

3 Psalms: Psalm 23
3 Psalms: Psalm 150
Psalm 93
Cantata based on the First Psalm: Cantata based on Psalm 1
Ma Tovu
Shiru Ladonai (Psalm 96)
Ma Tovu
Adonai Malakh (Psalm 93)
The Lord is My Shepherd: (Psalm 23)
Psalm 126
Psalms and Supplications: II. The 23rd Psalm of David
Psalms and Supplications: IV. Jonah's Prayer from The Belly of the Whale
Psalm 2: Prologue: Prais'd Be
Psalm 2: I. Master of the Universe
Psalm 2: II. Thy Covenant
Psalm 2: III. Day of Wrath
Psalm 2: Epilogue: Life and Joy
Psalm 117
Psalm 23: The 23rd Psalm
Psalm 137, "Al Naharot Bavel": Psalm 137 (Al Naharot Bavel)

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