Category Archives: Orchestral Music

Emek, Symphonic Poem, Op. 45 (1937)

A historical performance conducted by Marc Lavry:
Lavry performed the Symphonic Poem Emek numerous times with different orchestras around the globe. This is one of the few remaining recordings.
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Year: Unknown
Unfortunately, the first second of the recording is missing.

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,eh,2,2,-4,3,3,1-timp+2-str

Duration: 16 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry’s Symphonic …

Symphony No. 4, Op. 268 (1957)

Live concert in 1958:
Shalom Ronly-Riklis, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bcl,2-4,3,3,1-timp+2-hp,cel-str

Duration: 23 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
The Symphony consists of three movements:

  • Andante Maestoso
  • Lyrical Andante
  • Largo

Pictures from Jerusalem, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 293 (1960)

From the Top of Mount Scopus – David’s Tower – An Oriental Suburb – The Wailing Wall – The Market – From the Top of Mount Scopus

Recording of the first performance of the composition, around the year 1960:
Mendy Rodan, Conductor
The Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Note: Part III, An Oriental Suburb, is missing from this recording. …

Symphony No. 2 (Independence Symphony), Op. 233 (1950)

For Voice, Choir and Orchestra

A 1951 recording:
Naomi Zuri (Mezzo Soprano)
Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Baritone or Mezzo Soprano

Choir: Mixed Choir

Orchestration: 2,2,eh,3,2asx,tsx,2-4,3,3,1-timp+3-hp-str

Duration: 27:00 minutes

Lyrics: Avraham Broides, Avigdor Hame’iri

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Dedicated to his wife Helena Lavry, …

Israeli Dances, Suite, Op. 204 (1946)

Shepherd Dance – Monotonous – Guards – Yemenite Dance – Hora – Debka

A recording from the late 1940s:
George Singer, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: 2/pic,2,eh,2,2,-3,3,3,0-timp+3-hp,pn-str

Duration: 20 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Israeli Dances was one of Lavry’s most popular compositions. It was performed by Paul Paray, Geoge Singer in his first …

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 344 (1965)


Live concert at the YMCA Hall, Jerusalem, October 1966:
Hanoch Tel-Oren, Flute
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Flute

Orchestration: 1,1,1,1-2,2,1,0-timp+2-hp-str

Duration: 21:40 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
This virtuoso, dazzling and sophisticated concerto includes 3 movements.
The first movement is a lively Allegro, rhythmical and often includes dialogues between the flute and the percussion.
The second movement is a Romance …

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Symphonic Orchestra, Op. 33.1 (1939)

Note: This version (Op 33.1) was composed in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33 was written earlier in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra.

Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: 1,1,1,1-4,0,0,0-timp+1-hp-str

Duration: 14:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: “Al Naharot Bavel” (By the …

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon) for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 33 (1935)

Note: This version (Op. 33) was composed in 1935 for Chamber Orchestra. Al Naharot Bavel Op. 33.1 was later written in 1939 for Symphonic Orchestra.


A recording from the Salute to Marc Lavry concert on June 17, 2012:
Barak Tal, Conductor
Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble

Orchestration: String Orchestra

Duration: 13:30 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
In a 1939 interview for the Davar newspaper, Lavry said about the composition: …

Daliat El Carmel, Rhapsody, Op. 314 (1961)

Mendi Rodan, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Orchestration: pic,2,2,eh,2,bcl,2,cbn-4,3,3,1-timp+3-hp,pn,cel-str
Note: In 1961 Lavry wrote the composition for pic,2,2,eh,3,3-2,2,1,0-timp+1-hp-str. In 1962 he re-orchestrated it for a full symphonic orchestra.

Duration: 18:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
After a visit to the Druze village, Daliat EI Carmel, Marc Lavry wrote the rhapsody describing village life.
The opening is slow and depicts …

Israeli Country Dances, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 230 (1952)

Opening – Procession – Mountain Folk – The Amorous Shepherd – The Shepherdess – Polka – Peasant’s Dance – In the Valley – Debka – Hora Finale

Note: This version is for Orchestra. There is also a short version for piano solo that includes five of the ten dances – Israeli Country Dances, Suite for Piano, Op. 230p.

A rare recording…