Category Archives: Symphonic Orchestra

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 …

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 …

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…

Kukia, Variations, Op. 186 (1946)

A historical live concert at the YMCA Hall in Jerusalem on September 24, 1963:
Sergio Comissiona, Conductor
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Note: The variation for Piccolo, Tuba and Woodwinds are from a November 2010 recording by the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra with conductor Garlo Goldstein.

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

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Like many Israeli composers, Marc Lavry was …

Symphony No. 1 (The Tragic Symphony), Op. 171 (1943)

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Symphony No. 1 - handwritten by Marc Lavry

Recording: Not yet available

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

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:

The news from Europe about the Nazi atrocities against Jews was beginning to reach Israel. In his autobiography from 1946, Lavry wrote: “The events of recent years, the tragic fate that met my people and most likely didn’t skip my family either, had affected me to …