Music for the Jewish High Holidays

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays. Music for the High Holidays features both traditional and composed music from Jewish services — including a recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman — as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies. 

Written and hosted by Naomi Lewin, the show also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions. That includes food, as the below recipe reveals:

Naomi Lewin's Apple Schalet Recipe

For the crust:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter or non-dairy margarine, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cognac (optional)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (more or less)

For the filling:
3 pounds apples, peeled and sliced
About 2 tablespoons lemon juice
About 6 tablespoons sugar
Cinnamon, to taste
About 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
About 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (also optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
2. Cream butter and sugar until blended and smooth. Add egg yolk, vanilla and salt and blend well. Mix in flour gradually, using just enough to form a soft dough that no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
3. Press half the dough onto the bottom and up the sides of a round 2-quart glass bowl.
4. Roll enough of the remaining half of the dough to form a circle about an inch larger than the top of the bowl. Set it aside. (The remainder of the dough will be used in the filling.)
5. Add about 1/3 of the sliced apples to the dough-lined bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice, about 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, raisins (if using), almonds and little bits of leftover dough. Repeat the layers twice.
6. Cover the schalet with the rolled-out circle of dough and seal well. Cut a few slits in the top, and brush with egg white.
7. Bake until golden, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. (Start watching after 40 minutes, and when the top is golden, cover it loosely with aluminum foil to prevent burning.) The schalet is done when the sides and bottom are golden brown and the apples are soft. (Test by inserting a cake tester into the slits.) Serve at room temperature.

WQXR’S MUSIC FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS PLAYLIST

Jonathan Miller: Shehecheyanu
Chicago A Cappella, conducted by Jonathan Miller
 
Jacob Weinberg: String Quartet, Opus 55

Bingham String Quartet
 
Max Janowski: Avinu Malkeinu
University of Utah Singers, conducted by Brady Allred
 
Ernest Bloch (arr. Christopher Palmer): From Jewish Life: Prayer
Natalie Clein, cello; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
 
Ernest Bloch: Yih’yu l’ratzon (May the Words of My Mouth)
Rinat Choir, conducted by Gary Bertini
 
Darius Milhaud: Etudes on Liturgical Themes from Comtat Venaissin
Juilliard String Quartet

Salamone Rossi: Barechu et Adonai ham’vorach and Adon Olam (plus instrumentals)
Boston Camerata, conducted by Joel Cohen
 
Traditional, arr. Hankus Netsky: Kol Nidre
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzhak Meir Helfgot;
Hankus Netsky, piano; Pete Rushefsky, tsimbi

John Zorn: Kol Nidre
Ilya Kaler and Perrin Young, violin; George Taylor, viola; Steven Doane, cello
 
Traditional: Ashamnu
Cantor Benzion Miller; Schola Hebraica, conducted by Neil Levin
 
Ben Steinberg: Shalom Rav
Cantor Ida Rae Cahana; students from the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, conducted by Samuel Adler; Aaron Miller, organ
 
Traditional: Shalom Rav
Rachel Van Voorhees, harp

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Comments [21]

Kevin Moore from brooklyn

Where can I get such wonderful music? And Thank You Naomi for such a wonderful and informative program. Thinking of going to my local synagog to see if more of the same is to be heard there. Millr grazie.

Sep. 09 2013 03:51 PM
Kevin Moore from brooklyn

Where can I get such wonderful music? And Thank You Naomi for such a wonderful and informative program. Thinking of going to my local synagog to see if more of the same is to be heard there. Millr grazie.

Sep. 09 2013 03:51 PM
Kevin Moore from brooklyn

Where can I get such wonderful music? And Thank You Naomi for such a wonderful and informative program. Thinking of going to my local synagog to see if more of the same is to be heard there. Millr grazie.

Sep. 09 2013 03:51 PM
Kevin Moore from brooklyn

Where can I get such wonderful music? And Thank You Naomi for such a wonderful and informative program. Thinking of going to my local synagog to see if more of the same is to be heard there. Millr grazie.

Sep. 09 2013 03:51 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label. Jacob (1879-1956) wrote a great deal of religious as well as secular music. He originally became a lawyer but switched to piano and composition as his true passion. I know this because
Jacob was my grandfather. I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:24 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label. Jacob (1879-1956) wrote a great deal of religious as well as secular music. He originally became a lawyer but switched to piano and composition as his true passion. I know this because
Jacob was my grandfather. I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:24 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label. Jacob (1879-1956) wrote a great deal of religious as well as secular music. He originally became a lawyer but switched to piano and composition as his true passion. I know this because
Jacob was my grandfather. I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:24 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label. Jacob (1879-1956) wrote a great deal of religious as well as secular music. He originally became a lawyer but switched to piano and composition as his true passion. I know this because
Jacob was my grandfather. I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:24 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label. Jacob (1879-1956) wrote a great deal of religious as well as secular music. He originally became a lawyer but switched to piano and composition as his true passion. I know this because
Jacob was my grandfather. I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:24 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label.
Jacob was my grandfather and I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:23 PM
Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD from NYC

Thank you so much for playing the Jacob Weinberg Opus 55 "String Quartet" by the Bingham Quartet. This work is available from Milken Archives on the Naxos label.
Jacob was my grandfather and I am happy to tell you that his comic opera, "The Pioneers", (Hechalutz) will be performed at Brooklyn College by their music department in the spring of 2014. A concert version is available on YouTube. The music is glorious, melodic, of great variety - within the same work -and contains some familiar Jewish folk tunes. It was done in a concert versioin in Feb, 1941 and Feb. 1947 at Carnegie Hall. It was done before that in the '30's by City Center in NYC (when it was still called by its old name, "The Mecca Temple"), and by the Kulturbund in Berlin, where Mascha Benya sang the soprano ingenue role with its magnificent "Leah's Aria" ("Song of Songs"). This was recorded recently by the great Shirelle Dashevsky and is on YouTube, as is a quartet playing the "Yemenite Rhapsody" from this opera. Listen and see if you can recognize some of the traditional Jewish folk tunes contained in the classical form. Jacob was a prolific composer and was also on the faculty of Hunter College. His body of work is astonishing and includes 3 different versions of the Gettysburg Address" set to music. He loved America, his adopted homeland, after surviving the Bolsheviks in his native Odessa and escaping to Palestine where he wrote "The Pioneers" in 1924 and this composition won first prize in the Philadelphia Sesquicentenial Composition contest, an international contest; with the prize money of $1500, Jacob booked a steamership to Cherbourg and from there to NY and his wife Theresa and son Walter (my dad) followed the next year when there was enough money to bring them over. They lived in NY for the rest of their lives.//Ellen Weinberg Mausner, MD

Sep. 09 2013 01:23 PM
Ben Tobin from London UK

I was recomended to this programme but was in the year for my mother so wasn't listening to music. Is it still available on line and if so how can I access it please?

Nov. 01 2012 04:29 AM
Jdjaye from Basing Ridge

A wonderful hour of spiritual music!

Is there a cd or can you post links on iTunes or Amazon please?

Oct. 07 2012 01:04 PM
Gladys Sherman from New York

What a thoughtful and wonderful idea to present the holiday music. It was done very well and really set the tone and mood for our most solemn day.

Sep. 27 2012 11:45 AM
Barbara from Boston

Thanks for the beautiful hour of Jewish music for the NewYear. Is there a cd available to purchase? Perhaps at arkiv? Or where? If you make one available for sale, I am sure they will sell! Thanks

Sep. 26 2012 09:44 AM
Allan Hausman from Massapequa, NY

What a delight to hear. It is putting me in a tranquil mood as I prepare to go to Synagogue. Thank you so much for this beautiful concert.

Sep. 25 2012 03:59 PM
Deborah from New Jersey

I am listening to this beautiful program as I prepare for Yom Kippur. This music has gotten me into the Yom Kippur mood more than any sermons can - thank you!

Sep. 25 2012 03:58 PM
Judith from Princeton,NJ

Thank you for the wonderful and beautiful hour of songs for the Jewish
New Year. Is there a cd for this? If so, where to buy it?
I enjoy your afternoon air time; your choice of music and your unpretentious manner are an afternoon "pick me up".
L'Shana Tova

Judith (a Princeton listener)

Sep. 17 2012 09:50 PM
Sid Rubin from Forest Hills NY

Your recipe for apple schalet sounds delicious but I could only print the ingredients and not the instructions. Please e-mail me the whole recipe so I can make it fot my daughter (who loves this type of pastry)
Thank you
L'shana tovah
Sid Rubin
Forest Hills NY

Sep. 16 2012 06:21 PM
FC Rosenberg from New York City

A listener should be able to log onto the website and find out what music he is listening to. Why can't WQXR provide that information at all times?

Sep. 16 2012 05:26 PM
AshleyG from Atlanta, GA

The beautiful piece, Bloch "Prayer from Jewish Life," you play in this segment... I can't seem to find a copy of this exact version. It is beautiful with the choir, symphony, and soloist. Can you please point me in the direction of where I can find a copy of my own? Thanks!

Sep. 12 2012 09:09 AM

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