Category Archives: Vocal Music

Dan Hashomer (Dan the Guard), Opera, Op. 158 (1941-2)

Excerpts from a historical recording of the Opera Dan Hashomer, conducted by Marc Lavry around 1950:
Paulo Gorin, Baritone
Abraham Wilkomirsky, Tenor
Shoshana Shoshan, Soprano
Ina Goldenstein, Soprano
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Dan Hashomer - Taking bows (1945)

Dan Hashomer – Taking bows (1945)

Solo: 3S, T, 2Bar, B

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: S. …

Tamar, Opera, Op. 276 (1958)

Opera in three acts

Excerpts from the Opera Tamar, conducted by Marc Lavry around 1960:
Aliza Levandovska, Mezzo Soprano
Lucie Arnon, Soprano
Mordechai Ben Shachar, Baritone
Efrayim Wagner, Bass
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

A few arias were recently performed in the English, the original language of the opera, by Zacharia …

Song of Songs, Oratorio, Op. 137 (1940)

A 1962 recording:
Nurit Goren, Soprano
Shmaya Ashkenazi, Tenor
Mordechai Ben-Shachar, Baritone
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Baritone

Choir: Mixed Choir

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

Lyrics: Max Brod based on Song of Songs

Duration: 75 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
One of Lavry’s …

Emek (Shir Ha-Emek), Song, Op. 40 (1935)

Note: This version of Emek is that of the popular song. There is also Emek, Symphonic Poem, Opus 45 based on this song.

A historic recording from September 4, 1958:
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the composition:

  • Voice and Orchestra
  • Voice and Piano
  • A Cappella Choir

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:50 minutes

Additional details:

Emek (Shir Ha-Emek), A Cappella, Op. 40 (1935)

Note: This version of Emek is for an A Cappella Choir. There are also a versions for Voice and Piano, Voice and Orchestra and Emek, Symphonic Poem, Opus 45 based on this song.

Shir Ha-Emek for A Cappella sheet music Click to enlarge

Shir Ha-Emek for A Cappella sheet music
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Performed by:
Ronen Borshevsky (Conductor)
The Oratorio Choir
Choir: Mixed Choir

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:50 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage

Sacred Service, Oratorio, Op. 254 (1954)

Excerpts from Sacred Service conducted by Marc Lavry, 1959:
Joshua Zohar, Baritone
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

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Note: See also Excerpts of Sacred Service for Children’s Choir, Cantor and Organ

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Solo:
Baritone (Cantor)
Narrator…

Queen Esther, Oratorio, Op. 279 (1959)

(We apologize for the sound quality – this is an amateur recording by a member of the audience)
Queen Esther performance at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco

Queen Esther performance at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco

Excerpts from a live concert at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California.
Performers: Leona Gordon, Soprano; Cantor Josef R. Cycowski, Baritone; Desire Ligeti, Baritone; Leonard Wechs, Tenor; Dr. Howard Thurman,…

Sacred Service, Excerpts for Children’s Choir, Cantor and Organ, Op. 254 (1955)

Note: This is a Lavry’s adaptation of his Sacred Service Oratorio (Op. 254) for Baritone, Mixed Choir and Orchestra.

Solo: Cantor

Choir: Children’s Choir (S,A)

Lyrics: Hebrew Liturgy

Duration: 25 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Recording: Not yet available

Synopsis:
See description of the Sacred Service Oratorio here.
The version for Children’s Choir, Cantor and Organ consists of selected movements from the full Oratorio. Per Cantor Reuben …

Kumi Ts’i (Come Out, My Sister, My Bride), Song, Op. 252 (1954)

Soprano and orchestral accompaniment:
Netania Davrath, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (the Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

 


Voice and piano accompaniment:
Tom Ben Ishai (Mezzo Soprano)
Daniel Kruglov (Piano)

Variations: Three arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and Piano
  • Voice and Orchestra
  • A Cappella

Duration: 3:10 minutes

Lyrics: Chaim Nachman Bialik

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Lyrics:
(transliterated from Hebrew to English)…

Alei Dvai (Leaves of Sorrow), Cantata, Op. 238 (1951)

Prelude – Kaddish (Mourning) – Intermezzo – In Tears – On Guard at Night – Your Will – Song of Praise

Recorded on May 2, 1967 at the YMCA Hall in Jerusalem:
Willie Haparnas, Baritone
Eitan Lustig, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Baritone

Choir: Mixed Choir

Orchestration: 2,2,2,2-3,2,3,1-timp+1-hp-str

Lyrics: