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Milken Archive - Jewish Voices In The New World / Rohde


Release Date: 11/18/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559411   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalHazan AbrahamAnonymous
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jewish Voices in the New World offers a rare and fascinating collection of synagogue melodies and biblical chants as they were sung in the early American Colonial period, throughout the Revolutionary War, and up through the early years of the new republic. When the first practicing Jews arrived in North America, in the 17th century, they brought the treasured western-Sephardi musical tradition that flourished in "New Amsterdam"—the city that was soon renamed New York. This sacred repertoire continues to this day in America’s oldest synagogues, Shearith Israel, established in 1654, and Mikve Israel, founded in 1782.

"...unusually haunting music, with a distinctive combination of serenity and boldness...performed
Read more with an authenticity that could only come from performers steeped in its tradition." — John Guinn, Oakland Press

“I find [Hazzan Rohde’s vocal tone] wonderfully evocative...Neil Levin’s program notes are excellent...The recording quality is also very fine, nicely capturing the warm acoustic of the New West End Synagogue in London.” — William J. Gatens, American Record Guide

“...much of the music on this CD has the same hypnotic beauty to it that one finds in traditional chant...One need not necessarily be Jewish to appreciate this music, its religious context, or its spiritual content, any more than one need necessarily be Roman Catholic to appreciate the sacred music of the Church...There is a lot in these Jewish texts, especially those from the Tisha B’Av observances, that will have special resonance for those of the Jewish faith. Performances are very warm and convincingly authentic-sounding...” — Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

“The performances are excellent...The Schola Hebraeica (Neil Levin) sings with precision. — Turok’s Choice

“Perhaps the most illuminating disc, from a historical point of view...There is, from time to time, a surprising robustness to the rhythms, a robustness well captured by Rabbi-Hazzan Ira L. Rohde and the Schola Hebraeica, conducted by Levin.” — Peter Rabinowitz, International Record Review

“[Hazzan Ira Rohde’s] fluid and fast-moving style keeps things dynamic...The sound of the choir (usually men only) is very strong and rounded. This choir is clearly very adept at subtle colouring and dynamic contouring. Similar accomplishments are shown by the children’s choir. Sincere and unassuming music sensitively performed.” — Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Barukh habba by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
2.
Shira hadasha "Morning Liturgy" by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
3.
Sephardic Chant: Eikha by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
4.
Aleikhem eda k'dosha by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
5.
Al heikhali ev'ke by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
6.
Eikha tzon haharega by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
7.
G'rushim by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
8.
Ev'ke v'al shod z'vulai by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
9.
Heikhal adonai by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
10.
Bore ad ana by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
11.
Sephardic Chant: Shirat hayyam by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
12.
A'hot ketana by Hazan Abraham
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
13.
Sephardic Chant: Aseret haddibb'rot by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
14.
Haftarat vayikra by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
15.
Et cha'are ratson by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
16.
Haftarat t'tzave by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
17.
Mizmor l'David by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
18.
Kabbalat Shabbat: Mizmor Shir L'Yom Hashabbat "Tov l'hodot" by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
19.
Hashkiveinu by Anonymous
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
20.
Kaddish by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
21.
Parashat emor: Leviticus XXII, 26-33 by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
22.
Parashat emor: Leviticus XXIII, 33-44 by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
23.
Ein Kehoheinu by Traditional
Performer:  Ira L. Rohde (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 

Sound Samples

Barukh Habba (Psalm 118:26-29)
Shira Hadasha (Morning Liturgy)
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Evening Kinot: Eikha - Book of Lamentations excerpt: 2:1-5
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Evening Kinot: Aleikhem Eda K'Dosha
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Evening Kinot: Al Heikhali Ev'ke
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Eikha Tzon Haharega
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: G'Rushim
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Ev'ke V'al Shod Z'vulai
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Heikhal Adonai
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Bore Ad Ana
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Shirat Hayyam - Exodus 14:26-31; 15:1-10
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Ahot K'tanna (Rosh Hashana eve)
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Aseret Haddibb'rot - Exodus 20:2-17
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Haftarat Vayikra - excerpt: Preliminary Benediction Isaiah 43:21-26
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Et Sha'arei Ratzon (Rosh Hashana morning)
Chants and Elegies for Tisha B'av: Morning Kinot: Haftarat T'tzave - excerpt: Ezekiel 43:10-15
Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat and Sabbath Evening Liturgy: Mizmor L'david (Psalm 29)
Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat and Sabbath Evening Liturgy: Mizmor Shir L'yom Hashabbat - Tov L'hodot (Psalm 92)
Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat and Sabbath Evening Liturgy: Hashkivenu
Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat and Sabbath Evening Liturgy: Kaddish Shalem
Torah Reading: Parashat Emor: Leviticus 22:26-33
Torah Reading: Parashat Emor: Leviticus 23:33-44
Torah Reading: Parashat Emor: Ein Keloheinu (High Holy Day melody)

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