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Milken Archive - Introducing American Jewish Music


Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559406   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dave BrubeckLeonard BernsteinAnonymousJulius Chajes,   ... 
Performer:  Alberto MizrahiHans-Peter BlochwitzChristopher Bowers-BroadbentBruce Adler,   ... 
Conductor:  Russell GloydAvner ItaiElli JaffeYoel Levi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dave Brubeck TrioBaltimore Choral Arts SocietyBBC Singers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is a vast recorded panorama of the rich body of Jewish music, both sacred and secular, that has developed over the course of American history. This abundant repertoire, in its remarkable breadth and diversity, not only reflects the history, evolution, and variety of the Jewish experience in America, but, by extension, attests to Jewish continuity and renewal through more than five millennia, revealing universal qualities that can speak to people of all faiths and cultures.

“To listen to its 19 selections...is to experience a sampling of the huge breadth of American Jewish music.” — Cantor Steven Blane, New Jersey Jewish Standard

“...provides a table of hors d’oeuvres
Read more for what is to come...Haskivenu...is particularly lovely. All of the performances here are top-notch.” — Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

“This will give you a taste - I underscore taste - of the works of 37 composers that are included in this marvelous collection of American Jewish music, a collection that is sure to become an important part of the recorded literature of all American music.” — Copley News Service

“It gives a good indication of the project’s production values: up-to-date engineering, full and scholarly notes by Neil W. Levin (the Archive’s Artistic Director), and translations...of sung material. The sampler also sketches out the aesthetic reach of the venture.” — Peter Rabinowitz, International Record Review

“The propulsive and dynamic Brubeck is powered along at full tilt crossed with a typically swaying Jewish accent. The down and dirty Hudl mint shtrudl is the equivalent of a racy song by George Formby—saucy and with a clarinet played scatty Chassidic for all it is worth as slippery as oil...[Milhaud’s Sacred Service] ...joyous...[Achron]...is music of the utmost inventive resource—full of colourful Technicolor rivalry among the instruments of the orchestra...[Weill’s The Etneral Road]...whispered serenity from the choir and a piannisimo solo violin rise to the disturbing suggestion of disillusion. Serenity reflects the God of the Israelites while the wilder beat reflects the followers of the golden calf. Eventually the joyous ‘calf tune’ is taken over by the Israelites to reflect an excited joy.” — Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
The Gates of Justice: 3rd movement, Open the Gates by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  Alberto Mizrahi (Cantor)
Conductor:  Russell Gloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dave Brubeck Trio,  Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Baltimore, Maryland 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Hashkiveniu by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ)
Conductor:  Avner Itai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
3.
Hudl Mitn Shtrudl by Anonymous
Performer:  Bruce Adler (Tenor), David Krakauer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Notes: Arranged: John Kull 
4.
Old Jerusalem by Julius Chajes
Performer:  Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
5.
Concerto for Viola by Paul Schoenfield
Performer:  Robert Vernon (Viola)
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Sheyibone beis hamikdosh by Israel Schorr
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Marios Papadopoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Philomusica
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
7.
Quartet for Cello, Trumpet, Horn and Piano "Golem" by Joseph Achron
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Psalms of Abraham by Abraham Kaplan
Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
9.
El Melekh Yoshev by Lind,
Performer:  Alberto Mizrahi (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir,  Schola Hebraeica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
10.
The Mirror by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Daniel Stepner (Violin), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Robert Schulz (Percussion),
Jim Guttman (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972-1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Genesis Suite: no 5: The Flood "Noah's Ark" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Fritz Weaver (Spoken Vocals), Tovah Feldshuh (Spoken Vocals), Barbara Feldon (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945 
Date of Recording: 2001-03 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Selections recorded at Berlin, Germany in 2000 and New York City in 2003. 
12.
Adon Olam by Robert Stern
Conductor:  Joseph Cullen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Ladino 
13.
Mayn Goldele by Joseph Rumshinsky
Performer:  Robert Bloch (Tenor), Nell Snaidas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Henning 
14.
Sheva B'rakhot by Traditional
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Hebraeico
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Service sacré, Op. 279: L'Kha Dodi by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: The "Genesis Suite" was written in collaboration with Arnold Schoenberg,
Alexander Tansman, Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Igor
Stravinsky, and Ernst Toch. Each composer contributed a movement to this
suite. 
16.
The Eternal Road: Moses receives the commandments by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Yaron Windmüller (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Ladino Songs of Love and Suffering: no 4, Camini Por Altas Torres by Bruce Adolphe
Performer:  Lucy Shelton (Soprano), David Jolley (French Horn), Eliot Fisk (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
18.
Cantata of Bitter Herbs, Op. 65 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Richard Clement (Tenor), Carol Meyer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Études for String Quartet, Op. 442: III - Modéré by Darius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Gates of Justice: Gates of Justice, IIIa: Open the Gates (excerpt)
Hashkivenu: Hashkiveinu
Hudl Mitn Shtrudl (arr. J. Kull and Z. Mlotek): Hudl Mitn Shtrudl
Etudes sur des themes liturgiques du Comtat Venaissin, Op. 442: Etudes on Liturgical Themes: III. Modere
Old Jerusalem
Viola Concerto: III. King David Dancing Before the Ark
Sheyibbaneh Beit Hamikdash (orch. J. Ness): Sheyibbaneh Beit Hamikdash
Golem: IV. Dance of the Phantom Spirits
Psalms of Abraham: Hinei Ma Tov
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs, Op. 65: Psalm 126
El Melekh Yoshev
The Mirror: (Suite): I. Demon's Welcome
Service sacre, Op. 279: Service Sacre: L'kha Dodi
Genesis Suite: The : The Flood, Part I
Adon Olam (Lord of the World): Adon Olam
Ladino Songs of Love and Suffering: Camini Por Atlas Torres
Sheve B'rakhot (arr. S. Spiro): Sheve B'rakhot (excerpt)
Mayn Goldele (arr. P. Henning): Mayn Goldele
The Eternal Road: Act II Scene 20: The Heavenly Host Delivers the Commandments to Moses

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