Category Archives: Oratorio

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 …

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 …

Gideon, Oratorio, Op. 277 (1962)

Oratorio in 3 Acts

A historical recording of a live performance in Jerusalem, February 1963:
Lucy Arnon, Shulamit Bar Nahum (Soprano)
Zlata Glick (Mezz Soprano)
Menahem Rechtman, Shmuel Carmeli (Tenor)
Mordechai Ben Shahar (Baritone)
Efrayim Wagner (Bass)
Marc Lavry (Conductor)
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)
Promo for the Premier of Oratorio Gideon, Haifa Symphony, Season 1960/61

Promo for the Premier of Oratorio