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A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

Airs Sunday, April 13 at 9pm on 93.9FM

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from WQXR, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

Selections include music from familiar classical works (Handel’s Israel in Egypt), and from lesser-known classical pieces such as Halévy’s opera La Juive, with Jan Peerce, Dessau’s 1934 German setting of the Haggadah, and Korngold’s glorious Passover Psalm.

Perlman’s playing is represented by a duet with Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, as well as the beloved theme from "Schindler’s List." Other recordings include unusual takes on traditional tunes, like a swing “Dayenu,” “Who Knows One?” in Ladino, the zany Moishe Oysher treatment of “Chad Gadya,” and “Go Down, Moses” sung by Paul Robeson.

This special will air Sunday, April 13 at 9pm on 93.9FM.

Playlist:

Dayenu Variations 
Arr. Jon Simon 
Jon Simon, piano 
Jon Simon Solo Piano 
Silver Lining Records 
  
He led them through the deep (from Israel in Egypt) 
George Frideric Handel 
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor 
Israel in Egypt 
Philips 432 110-2 
  
Ha Lahma Anya 
Moishe Oysher; arr. Simon Spiro 
Cantor Simon Spiro and Schola Hebraeica 
Traditional Cantorial and Concert Favorites 
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559460 
  
Ma Nishtanah 
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3 
Hataklit Ltd 
  
Knechte waren wir dem Pharao in Ägypten (from Hagadah Shel Pessach) 
Paul Dessau; text by Max Brod 
Alfred Muff, bass; North German Radio Choir; Hamburg Alsterspatzen Children’s Choir; Gerd Albrecht, conductor 
Hagadah Shel Pessach 
Capriccio 10 590/91 
  
Theme from Schindler’s List 
John Williams 
Itzhak Perlman, violin; John Williams, conductor 
John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999 
Sony Classical 
  
Chassidic Medley: Adir Hu/Moshe Emes 
Andy Statman, clarinet; David Grisman, mandolin 
Songs of Our Fathers 
ACD 14 
  
Rally (from The Prince of Egypt) 
Hans Zimmer 
The Prince of Egypt 
Dreamworks DRMD 50041 
  
Children’s Dance (from Cantata of the Bitter Herbs) 
Ernst Toch 
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor 
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs 
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559417 
  
Go Down Moses 
Paul Robeson 
  
He smote all the first-born of Egypt (from Israel in Egypt) 
George Frideric Handel 
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor 
Israel in Egypt 
Philips 432 110-2 
  
The Ten Plagues (from Cantata of the Bitter Herbs) 
Ernst Toch 
Theodore Bikel, narrator; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor 
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs 
Milken Archive/Naxos 8.559417 
  
He rebuked the Red Sea (from Israel in Egypt) 
George Frideric Handel 
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor 
Israel in Egypt 
Philips 432 110-2 
  
But the waters overwhelmed their enemies (from Israel in Egypt) 
George Frideric Handel 
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor 
Israel in Egypt 
Philips 432 110-2 
  
Dayenu (swing version) 
Sam Medoff and The Yiddish Swingtet 
Music from the Yiddish Radio Project 
Shanachie Entertainment 
  
Kama Ma’alot Tovot – Dayeinu 
Yaffa Yarkoni 
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3 
Hataklit Ltd 
  
O Dieu, Dieu de nos pères (from La Juive) 
Jacques Fromental Halévy 
Jan Peerce, tenor; Victor Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Wilfred Pelletier, conductor 
Lebendige Vergangenheit 
Preiser 
  
Zog, Maran 
Shmuel Bugatch; lyrics by Avrom Reisen 
Martha Schlamme, singer; Robert DeCormier, conductor 
Raisins and Almonds 
Vanguard Classics 

Chassidic Medley: Adir Hu/Moshe Emes 
Andy Statman, clarinet; David Grisman, mandolin 
Songs of Our Fathers 
ACD 14 

T’filas tal 
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot; Rusell Ger, conductor 
Eternal Echoes 
Sony Masterworks 
  
Passover Psalm, op. 30 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra; Marcello Viotti, conductor 
Paradisi Gloria Psalms 
Profil 4036 
  
Oh, Freedom [actual track name is “Spiritual Trilogy”] 
Odetta 
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues 
Trigger Records/Rykodisc 1004 (1996 CD) or V.I. Music 450661 (2005 CD) 
  
Miriam’s Song 
Debbie Friedman 
The Journey Continues 
Sounds Write Productions, Inc. SWP 614 
  
Ani Maamin 
The Western Wind 
The Passover Story 
Western Wind Records 1800 CD 
  
Shir Ha’ma’alot 
Yossele Rosenblatt 
Best Yiddish Songs 
Hataklit Ltd 
  
Eliyohu hanovi 
arr. Zalmen Mlotek 
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor 
“Gut Yom-Tev Kinder!” (audiocassette) 
  
Hodu Lashem (Psalm 118) 
Rabbi Samuel Elyahu Taub 
Benzion Shenker and the Modzitzer Choral Ensemble, Elliot Birnbaum, director 
Sholosh R’golim: Modzitzer Melodies 
Heginah Records NR 1202 (LP) 
  
Adir Hu 
arr. Moni Amarilio 
Yehoram Gaon 
Songs for Passover in the Sephardic Tradition 
CBS 80668 (LP) 
  
Adir Hu 
Shlomo Carlebach and Neginah Orchestra 
Yisroel Btach BaHaShem 
Zimrani Records 224 
  
Ken Supiesse y Entendiesse 
Fortuna 
La prima vez: kantes judeos espanyoles 
Sonopress/FAP 7 
  
Khad Gadyo 
arr. Zalmen Mlotek 
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor 
“Gut Yom-Tev Kinder!” (audiocassette) 
  
Chad Gadya 
Shoshana Damari 
Greatest Songs 
Hed Artzi 
  
Un Kavritico 
Arr. Flory Jagoda 
Cantor Gastón Bogomolni 
Pesach With an Accent 
Bogomolni 845121046236 
  
Chad Gadya [actual track name is “Concluding Folk Hymns”] 
Moishe Oysher 
Moishe Oysher - Passover Seder, Kol Nidrei & Chanukah Party 
Leisure Time Music 
  
Le’Shana Ha’ba’ah 
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3 
Hataklit Ltd

 

Comments [6]

gina ballinger from graz austria

THANK YOU! just a wonderful remeberance of Pesach growing up in LA : )

Apr. 26 2014 10:42 AM

@Raquelsz - You can listen to the audio of the show at the top of the page. Thanks for your interest!

Apr. 15 2014 03:48 PM
Raquelsz

Are they going to air it again? I missed it. Is there a way to listen to it?

Apr. 15 2014 10:35 AM
felice wiener

Is there a disc of Perlman's Passover "Musical-Feast" that the public can purchase. I heard it and would love to own it. It was wonderful and it would make a beautiful gift. Felice Wiener

Apr. 14 2014 03:44 PM

Hi David,

The special airs Sunday, April 13 at 9pm on 93.9FM. Enjoy!

Apr. 11 2014 03:08 PM
david

What time will the Itzhak Perlman special be on air?

Apr. 11 2014 10:58 AM

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