|▼||Symphony No. 3||39:29|
|I. Kaddish 1||04:38|
|II. Din Torah||14:11|
|II. Kaddish 2||07:28|
|III. Kaddish 3||02:35|
|I. Psalm 108 vs. 2; Psalm 100, entire||03:33|
|II. Psalm 23, entire; Psalm w, vs. 1-4||05:36|
|III. Psalm 131, entire; Psalm 133, vs. 1||09:14|
Leonard Bernstein's own commentary on Kaddish, Symphony no. 3:
"Every son, at one point or other, defies his father, fights him, departs from him only to return to him—if he is lucky—closer and more secure than before.... All our great Judaic personalities of the past, including Abraham, who founded Judaism, and Moses and the prophets, all argued with God. They argued with God the way you argue with somebody who's so close to you that you love so much, that you can really fight. You know how the more you love someone, the more you can get angry with them, and when you have a reconciliation, the more close you become than ever. Something like that happens in the course of this piece."
Also includes Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
Reviews and Recognitions:
"Gerard Schwarz, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs give impressive accounts of Bernstein's two most important religious works. Kaddish is essentially an argument with God about the persistence of evil in the world. The Chichester Psalms are beautifully reverent settings of Hebrew texts." —Joseph McLellan, Washington Post
"Soprano Yvonne Kenny sings with a transcendent beauty that is wholly appropriate for the music." —Victor Carr, Jr., ClassicsToday.com
"These two Jewish-themed compositions from the 1960s offer a reminder of his powerful sense of drama..." —George Robinson, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles