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Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit / Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman

Album Summary

>Lewandowski, Louis : Enosh kechotsir yomov (Psalm 103) (Memorial Service)
>Friedman, Debbie : Oseh shalom
>Muhly, Nico : Set Me as a Seal
>Steinberg, Ben : V'Erastich Li, for soloist, chorus & organ
>Braslavsky, Solomon : M'chalkeil chayim
>Clurman, Judith : Songs of Freedom
>Kirschner, Emanuel : Tzadik Katamar, for voice & organ
>Traditional, Jewish : Kadeish Urchatz
>Ruben, Cantor Bruce : Circle of Life, cycle of psalms (3) for chorus
>Golub, Solomon : Borukh ate zingt der tate
>Schoenfield, Paul : Al hanisim, for chorus & piano
>Hochman, Larry : Meditation
>Hochman, Larry : Shomeir Yisraeil
>Traditional, Jewish : Han'shama lach
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Judith Clurman combines the expertise born of thirty years as a prominent conductor with memories of her own childhood in synagogue and an intimate knowledge of this poignant repertoire to create the unique recording Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit. The recording introduces arrangements of traditional songs representing the Jewish holidays and life cycle events: from the centerpiece Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, a cycle for chorus, soloists and orchestra that premiered at Carnegie Hall, to the 19th c. lyrical classicism of Louis Lewandowski and Emanuel Kirschner, to works by folk artist Debbie Friedman, cantor-composer Bruce Ruben, and Canadian composer Ben Steinberg. The recording also features new works, among them a minimalist setting of Set Me as a Seal by Nico Muhly, Larry Hochman's Shomeir Yisrael, and Paul Schoenfield's Al Hanisim, all written for Ms. Clurman. The recording features the singers of Essential Voices USA, soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery, and guest instrumentalists including composers Larry Hochman and Paul Schoenfield accompanying their own works.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This pleasant program of Jewish music is divided into songs from the various holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chanukah, and Shabbat) and some melodies chanted at weddings, funerals, and other life-cycle events. A few brief instrumental selections act as strategically placed interludes of meditation. The loveliest thing here is a version of Lewis Lewandoski's 'Enosh' arranged for clarinet and strings by Larry Hochman. Lewandoski was admired in his day (1821-94) as Europe's foremost European composer of music for the synagogue; and when you hear his haunting commentary on the transitory nature of life, you won't have any trouble figuring out why. (Nico Muhly's 'Set Me as a Seal' is the most affecting.) At the core of the program is a richly embroidered Chanukah medley. The Essential Voices live up to their name, and some very accomplished instrumentalists made their way to these sessions. Notes, texts and translations.



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Works Details

>Lewandowski, Louis : Enosh kechotsir yomov (Psalm 103) (Memorial Service)
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Jocelin Pan (Viola); Kimberley Patterson (Cello); Andrew Sterman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Ensemble: Essential Voices USA
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Friedman, Debbie : Oseh shalom
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Muhly, Nico : Set Me as a Seal
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Steinberg, Ben : V'Erastich Li, for soloist, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Jocelin Pan (Viola); Kimberley Patterson (Cello); Michael Slattery; Andrew Sterman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1973

>Braslavsky, Solomon : M'chalkeil chayim
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.

>Clurman, Judith : Songs of Freedom :: A Celebration of Chanukah, medley for chorus
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Ron Raines (Voice); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Larry Hochman, Brian Stokes Mitchell (1957 - ).
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kirschner, Emanuel : Tzadik Katamar, for voice & organ
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Jocelin Pan (Viola); Kimberley Patterson (Cello); Andrew Sterman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Jewish : Kadeish Urchatz
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman

>Ruben, Cantor Bruce : Circle of Life, cycle of psalms (3) for chorus
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Michael Dahlberg (Cello); Larry Hochman (Piano); Todd Palmer (Clarinet); Cantor Ruben; Paul Schoenfield (Piano); Stacey Shames (Harp)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Golub, Solomon : Borukh ate zingt der tate
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.

>Schoenfield, Paul : Al hanisim, for chorus & piano
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hochman, Larry : Meditation
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Jocelin Pan (Viola); Kimberley Patterson (Cello); Andrew Sterman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hochman, Larry : Shomeir Yisraeil
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Michael Dahlberg (Cello); Larry Hochman (Piano); Todd Palmer (Clarinet); Paul Schoenfield (Piano); Stacey Shames (Harp)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Jewish : Han'shama lach
  • Performers: Katrine Andersen (Violin); Colin Fowler (Piano); Gillian Gallagher (Viola); Taylor Hollyer (Double Bass); Andrew Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone); Steven Lyon (Clarinet); Brook Speltz (Cello)
  • Conductor: Judith Clurman