Tag Archive: Biblical theme

Shechora Ani (I am Black) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Op. 137 (1940)

Note: Shechora Ani is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Sivan Goldman


Daniella Lugassy & Charles Spencer Live in Jerusalem

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs, chapter 1, Verses 5-6

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Lyrics
Transliteration from Hebrew to English:

Shechora ani venava
bnot yerushalayim
Ke’ohalei kedar kiriyot shelomo
shechora ani venava.
Al tir’uni she’ani shcharchoret
sheshezafatni hashamesh.
Bnai i’mi, …

Tsror Hamor (A Sachet of Myrrh) for Soprano and Piano (From Song of Songs), Song, Op. 137 No. 9 (1940)

Note: Tsror Hamor is an Aria from the Oratorio Song of Songs, Op. 137.


Video recording from the June 17, 2012 Salute to Marc Lavry Concert:
Claire Meghnagi, Soprano
Irena Friedland, Piano

 

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics: Song of Songs

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Transliteration:
Tsror hamor
Dodi li,
Bein shadai yalin.

Yishakeini minshikot peehu,
Ki tovim dodecha miyayin.

B’tach dodi udmeh lecha litzvi,…

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 …

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: …

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