Ashkenazi

Title:
Vemen vestu zingen, vemen? Leibu Levin Performs in Yiddish
20
Publisher: 
Jewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Material Type: 
Recordings
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem, Israel
Year: 
2016
Place of Recording: 
Bukovina, USSR, Israel
Series: 
Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel
Volume: 
25
Pages: 
1 CD + booklet
Type of Recording: 
Commercial Recording
Media: 
CD
Languages: 
Yiddish
Description: 

“The songs of Leibu await definitive professional evaluation,” wrote back in 1984 the internationally renowned Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz in a memorial note dedicated to her late stage partner, the Yiddish performer, narrator, composer and singer Leibu Levin (1914-1983) from Czernowitz (today Chernivtsi in southwestern Ukraine). This new production of the Jewish Music Research Centre prepared around the centennial of Levin’s birth is a partial fulfilment of Lifshitz’s wish.

This CD is based on the comprehensive compilation and cataloging of Leibu Levin’s surviving historical recordings scattered in private collections and archives, most especially at the Sound Archives at the National Library of Israel. It includes a selection of a representative corpus of songs performed by Leibu Levin with or without instrumental accompaniment. Michael Lukin, a researcher of the JMRC specializing on Yiddish song and culture in Eastern Europe prepared a detailed scholarly essay on Leibu Levin’s oeuvre. The accompanying booklet also includes a full transcription, transliteration and translation of all the texts into English, Hebrew and Russian as well as biographical information about the poets.

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Attachments: 
Sleep, Sleep

Words by H. Leivick, music composed in 1936 and released in 1939. From a home recording.

A Polka-Mazurka

Words by A. Lutzky, music composed in 1937 and released only in 2005. Recorded by Kol Israel. Piano: Mathias Malve.

Autumn

Words by Itzik Manger. Composed in 1936. Recorded by Kol Israel during Leibu Levin's last concert, on 27.12.81 in Jerusalem.

Tradition: 
Ashkenazi
Title:
Or Haganuz: Gems of Ashkenazi Hazzanut and Yiddish Songs Revived
20
Publisher: 
Jewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Material Type: 
Recordings
Place of Publication: 
Jerusalem, Israel
Year: 
2015
Place of Recording: 
Jerusalem, Israel
Series: 
Contemporary Jewish Music
Volume: 
4
Pages: 
1 CD + booklet
Media: 
CD
Languages: 
English
Hebrew
Country / Area: 
Eastern Europe
Description: 

Prof. André Hajdu, one of the first JMRC researchers, has joined forces with Cantor Asher Hainovitz of the Yeshurun Central Synagogue in Jerusalem to put together a selection of hazzanut pieces and Yiddish songs in new arrangements for voice and piano by Hajdu. Using a technique that recalls the way romantic composers interpreted literary texts (in this case liturgical texts and Yiddish poems) in their music, Hajdu offers a fresh and sensitive reading of Ashkenazi hazzanut pieces by applying to them contemporary compositional techniques. The present production was initiated by the Ron Shulamit Conservatory in Jerusalem, and marks the 50th anniversary of the JMRC. It is the best gift we could offer to enthusiasts of Ashkenazi hazzanut and to all those who have an interest in Jewish music.

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Raza Deshabbat

Raza Deshabbat is the second part of a kabbalist Aramaic text that begins with the words Kegavna deinnun mityahadim le'eila "Just as they unite up above," from the Zohar. The hasidim read this Aramaic text on Sabbath eve, and regard it as a bridge between the daily afternoon prayer and Kabbalat Shabbat (the Service of Welcoming the Sabbath). This rendition was composed by Russian/American cantor Pierre Pinchik (1895-1971).

Eileh Toldot Noah

This is a comical song about Noah, hero of the Biblical Great Flood, and his fondness for a stiff drink. The text was written by A. Almi (pen name of Eliyahu-Chaim Sheps, 1892-1968), a member of the Warsaw Jewish folklore researchers' circle, whose members were inspired by the work of I. L. Peretz.

Tradition: 
Ashkenazi

Cross-Repertoire Motifs in Liturgical Music of the Ashkenazi Tradition: An Initial Lay of the Land

Author

The earlier version, entitled “Cross-Repertoire Motifs in the Liturgical Music of Ashkenazi Tradition,” was presented at the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2013.  This article is an expanded and elaborated version of that paper.

Material Type: 
Articles
Year: 
2015

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