A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

Selections include music from familiar classical works (Handel’s Israel in Egypt), and from lesser-known classical pieces such as Halévy’s opera La Juive, with Jan Peerce; Dessau’s 1934 German setting of the Haggadah; Korngold’s glorious Passover Psalm.

Perlman’s playing is represented by a duet with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, as well as the beloved theme from "Schindler’s List." Other recordings include unusual takes on traditional tunes, like a swing “Dayenu,” “Who Knows One?” in Ladino, the zany Moishe Oysher treatment of “Chad Gadya,” and “Go Down, Moses” sung by Paul Robeson.


Playlist:

Dayenu Variations
Arr. Jon Simon
Jon Simon, piano
Jon Simon Solo Piano
Silver Lining Records
 
He led them through the deep (from Israel in Egypt)
George Frideric Handel
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Israel in Egypt
Philips 432 110-2
 
Ha Lahma Anya
Moishe Oysher; arr. Simon Spiro
Cantor Simon Spiro and Schola Hebraeica
Traditional Cantorial and Concert Favorites
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559460
 
Ma Nishtanah
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3
Hataklit Ltd
 
Knechte waren wir dem Pharao in Ägypten (from Hagadah Shel Pessach)
Paul Dessau; text by Max Brod
Alfred Muff, bass; North German Radio Choir; Hamburg Alsterspatzen Children’s Choir; Gerd Albrecht, conductor
Hagadah Shel Pessach
Capriccio 10 590/91
 
Theme from Schindler’s List
John Williams
Itzhak Perlman, violin; John Williams, conductor
John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999
Sony Classical
 
Chassidic Medley: Adir Hu/Moshe Emes
Andy Statman, clarinet; David Grisman, mandolin
Songs of Our Fathers
ACD 14
 
Rally (from The Prince of Egypt)
Hans Zimmer
The Prince of Egypt
Dreamworks DRMD 50041
 
Children’s Dance (from Cantata of the Bitter Herbs)
Ernst Toch
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559417
 
Go Down Moses
Paul Robeson
 
He smote all the first-born of Egypt (from Israel in Egypt)
George Frideric Handel
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Israel in Egypt
Philips 432 110-2
 
The Ten Plagues (from Cantata of the Bitter Herbs)
Ernst Toch
Theodore Bikel, narrator; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559417
 
He rebuked the Red Sea (from Israel in Egypt)
George Frideric Handel
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Israel in Egypt
Philips 432 110-2
 
But the waters overwhelmed their enemies (from Israel in Egypt)
George Frideric Handel
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Israel in Egypt
Philips 432 110-2
 
Dayenu (swing version)
Sam Medoff and The Yiddish Swingtet
Music from the Yiddish Radio Project
Shanachie Entertainment
 
Kama Ma’alot Tovot – Dayeinu
Yaffa Yarkoni
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3
Hataklit Ltd
 
O Dieu, Dieu de nos pères (from La Juive)
Jacques Fromental Halévy
Jan Peerce, tenor; Victor Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Wilfred Pelletier, conductor
Lebendige Vergangenheit
Preiser
 
Zog, Maran
Shmuel Bugatch; lyrics by Avrom Reisen
Martha Schlamme, singer; Robert DeCormier, conductor
Raisins and Almonds
Vanguard Classics

Chassidic Medley: Adir Hu/Moshe Emes
Andy Statman, clarinet; David Grisman, mandolin
Songs of Our Fathers
ACD 14

T’filas tal
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot; Rusell Ger, conductor
Eternal Echoes
Sony Masterworks
 
Passover Psalm, op. 30
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra; Marcello Viotti, conductor
Paradisi Gloria Psalms
Profil 4036
 
Oh, Freedom [actual track name is “Spiritual Trilogy”]
Odetta
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues
Trigger Records/Rykodisc 1004 (1996 CD) or V.I. Music 450661 (2005 CD)
 
Miriam’s Song
Debbie Friedman
The Journey Continues
Sounds Write Productions, Inc. SWP 614
 
Ani Maamin
The Western Wind
The Passover Story
Western Wind Records 1800 CD
 
Shir Ha’ma’alot
Yossele Rosenblatt
Best Yiddish Songs
Hataklit Ltd
 
Eliyohu hanovi
arr. Zalmen Mlotek
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor
“Gut Yom-Tev Kinder!” (audiocassette)
 
Hodu Lashem (Psalm 118)
Rabbi Samuel Elyahu Taub
Benzion Shenker and the Modzitzer Choral Ensemble, Elliot Birnbaum, director
Sholosh R’golim: Modzitzer Melodies
Heginah Records NR 1202 (LP)
 
Adir Hu
arr. Moni Amarilio
Yehoram Gaon
Songs for Passover in the Sephardic Tradition
CBS 80668 (LP)
 
Adir Hu
Shlomo Carlebach and Neginah Orchestra
Yisroel Btach BaHaShem
Zimrani Records 224
 
Ken Supiesse y Entendiesse
Fortuna
La prima vez: kantes judeos espanyoles
Sonopress/FAP 7
 
Khad Gadyo
arr. Zalmen Mlotek
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor
“Gut Yom-Tev Kinder!” (audiocassette)
 
Chad Gadya
Shoshana Damari
Greatest Songs
Hed Artzi
 
Un Kavritico
Arr. Flory Jagoda
Cantor Gastón Bogomolni
Pesach With an Accent
Bogomolni 845121046236
 
Chad Gadya [actual track name is “Concluding Folk Hymns”]
Moishe Oysher
Moishe Oysher - Passover Seder, Kol Nidrei & Chanukah Party
Leisure Time Music
 
Le’Shana Ha’ba’ah
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3
Hataklit Ltd

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Comments [19]

Michael from New York, NY

Once again I loved hearing Itzhak Perlman narrate the program. One thing I have to mention to Itzahk that was sort of out of date. In the old Haggadahs, Moses was never mentioned, however in the newer and updated Haggadahs, he is actually mentioned and included. Otherwise it's always great hearing his program. I also enjoyed hearing his other program "Musical Memories of the High Holidays" which I also look forward hearing in the fall.

Apr. 27 2014 06:07 PM
Seth

Yes, the show was amazing

Apr. 15 2014 11:04 PM
Richard Green from Brooklyn, New York

"Chad Gadya," and "Miriam's Song" are lovely. Lovelier still is that you are being listened to from all across the world, I for my part from Brooklyn, New York."

Apr. 15 2014 10:07 PM
Frederick Doner from New York

Will you podcast this ASAP so those who are having their Seders during your April 15th broadcast can access it online at any time?

Thank you.

Apr. 14 2014 05:41 PM
Anne from 07302

Please, please make this program available for download. So moving.

Apr. 13 2014 08:40 PM
Allan Hausman from Massapequa NY

I know it's after Passover. I loved hearing this program live. I loved hearing the download during Passover, and I'm listening to it again for the third time. Thanks for presenting it.

Apr. 07 2013 04:12 PM
Lisa Hartman from Denver

Mr. Perlman is a charming host. His narrative is entertaining and informative. We are preparing quinoa fritters with matzah meal as we listen and dance. Delightful!

Mar. 31 2013 09:23 PM
Gail Cohon Stein from Mill Valley, CA

What a treat to listen to this. Would really like to download it so I can listen to it again and again as if every day were one of freedom.

Mar. 28 2013 02:38 AM
Scott from Arizona

Thanks to you WQXR and to Mr. Perlman for this excellent program. So good to have this tutorial on the Seder and the exposure to such great music. Many Blessings!

Mar. 27 2013 06:18 PM
Chris from Brooklyn

I did hear this program, and though I am not Jewish, it was terrific, even more so because it was a break from the Bach torture.

Mar. 27 2013 06:16 PM
Jo Ann Gardner from Westport,, NY

I, too, heard this program while preparing for the Seder in upstate NY (Adirondacks). I thought how I would like to be able to send a link to my grandchildren. Please do make this available. And thanks for this treat.

Mar. 25 2013 10:22 PM
fortinbr

Here's the link to the program:

http://www.prx.org/pieces/94066-a-musical-feast-for-passover-with-itzhak-perlman

Mar. 25 2013 07:43 PM
Jay from NYC

Due to inclement weather our scheduled out of town trip for Seder was cancelled, So this is my first night without a Seder ever.
Your program brought much join and comfort lifting my holiday spirit.
A sweet Passover to all who observe.

Mar. 25 2013 07:38 PM
Ed from NJ from Newark, NJ

I just caught the end of the broadcast, it was wonderful. Please make it available for download, or another form of listening. My schedule is too crazy to plan to listen to something, download in the wee hours would be great. I would love to share a link with my friends. Thank you for your diversity and appreciation of rich heritage!

Mar. 25 2013 05:24 PM
Sandy R. Jamieson

This musical remembrance has lifted the Seder for which I have labored to a wonderful new dimension. Thank you. Chag Sameach!

Mar. 25 2013 05:22 PM
John from Burlington, VT

Oh please make this available for download. I caught what I could of this glorious performance while I was working but missed so much of it.

Mar. 25 2013 05:17 PM
Fabius Fox from NYC/UWS

This a fine show. We enjoyed it as we continued our preparations for our own Seder. I would love to have a podcast, or a CD of the show.
Thank you for presenting it. Happy Passover to all.

Mar. 25 2013 05:13 PM
Pat from Franklin Square, LI, NY

Oh, YES, a download would be wonderful. However, if that's not possible, could you make it available for us to listen online at least for the second Seder if not for the whole of Passover? I called my sister to tell her to hurry up and listen online this
afternoon but I'd love to be able to tell friends they could still hear this program tomorrow.

Mar. 25 2013 05:10 PM
Bill Shorr

It would be wonderful if this program were available for download

Mar. 25 2013 05:01 PM

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