A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman on WRTI 90.1: Saturday, April 11th at 11 AM

Apr 10, 2020

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, and the Passover seder is filled with music that celebrates liberation and freedom. Join us on Saturday, April 11th from 11 AM to 12 noon on WRTI 90.1 FM as 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 more gleeful as the show moves along. Listen again on WRTI HD-2 on Sunday, April 12th from 7 to 8 PM, preceded by The Passover Story with Theodore Bikel and the Western Wind Ensemble from 6 to 7 PM, which was recorded in 1998. 

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

Program playlist:

Dayenu Variations
Arr. Jon Simon
Jon Simon, piano
Jon Simon Solo PianoSilver 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

 Ha Lahma Anya
Moishe Oysher; arr. Simon Spiro
Cantor Simon Spiro and Schola Hebraeica
Traditional Cantorial and Concert Favorites

 Ma Nishtanah
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3

 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

 Theme from Schindler’s List
John Williams
Itzhak Perlman, violin; John Williams, conductor

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

Rally (from The Prince of Egypt)
Hans Zimmer
The Prince of Egypt

Children’s Dance (from Cantata of the Bitter Herbs)
Ernst Toch
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs

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

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

He rebuked the Red Sea (from Israel in Egypt)
George Frideric Handel
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Israel in Egypt

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

Dayenu (swing version)
Sam Medoff and The Yiddish Swingtet
Music from the Yiddish Radio Project
 
Kama Ma’alot Tovot – Dayeinu
Yaffa Yarkoni
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3
 
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

Zog, Maran
Shmuel Bugatch; lyrics by Avrom Reisen
Martha Schlamme, singer; Robert DeCormier, conductor
Raisins and Almonds

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

T’filas tal
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot; Rusell Ger, conductor
Eternal Echoes

Passover Psalm, op. 30
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra; Marcello Viotti, conductor
Paradisi Gloria Psalms

Oh, Freedom [actual track name is “Spiritual Trilogy”]
Odetta
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues

Miriam’s Song
Debbie Friedman
The Journey Continues

Ani Maamin
The Western Wind
The Passover Story

Shir Ha’ma’alot
Yossele Rosenblatt
Best Yiddish Songs

Eliyohu hanovi
arr. Zalmen Mlotek
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor

Hodu Lashem (Psalm 118)
Rabbi Samuel Elyahu Taub
Benzion Shenker and the Modzitzer Choral Ensemble, Elliot Birnbaum, director
Sholosh R’golim: Modzitzer Melodies

Adir Hu
arr. Moni Amarilio
Yehoram Gaon
Songs for Passover in the Sephardic Tradition

Adir Hu
Shlomo Carlebach and Neginah Orchestra
Yisroel Btach BaHaShem

Ken Supiesse y Entendiesse
Fortuna
La prima vez: kantes judeos espanyoles

Khad Gadyo
arr. Zalmen Mlotek
Children’s Chorus of Workmen’s Circle Schools, Zalmen Mlotek, conductor

Chad Gadya
Shoshana Damari
Greatest Songs

Un Kavritico
Arr. Flory Jagoda
Cantor Gastón Bogomolni
Pesach With an Accent

Chad Gadya [actual track name is “Concluding Folk Hymns”]
Moishe Oysher
Moishe Oysher - Passover Seder, Kol Nidrei & Chanukah Party

Le’Shana Ha’ba’ah
Jewish Holiday Songs, Vol. 3

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The Passover Story
Theodore Bikel, Guest Narrator
Sung by the Western Wind Ensemble with Guest Instrumentalists

Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble teamed up to tell and sing the Passover story, providing a seamless, thoroughly entertaining recording which illuminates the Passover themes.

“The music is an eclectic compilation of songs and compositions from many sources reflecting the tremendous diversity of Jewish cultures. Selections include Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder, including the ‘adopted’ song of slavery, the Negro spiritual ‘Go Down Moses’ – all sung with the superb musicianship and zest that are hallmarks of Western Wind performances.” —Miami Jewish Journal

Program Playlist:
Kadesh Ur’chatz
Ha Lachma Anyah
The Four Questions
Avadim Hayinu
The Four Sons
V’hi Shemodo
Go Down Moses
The Fire Song
Par’o Era Estrellero
Cuando D’aifto Fueron
Salidos
The Plagues Dayenu
Eliyohu Hanovi
Odekha
B’tzeis Yisroel Mimmitzroyim
Ani Maamin
Ashrei Hagafrur
L’shanah Habaa
Echod Mi Yodea / Adir Hu
Chad Gadyo