|▼||The Golem (excerpt)||00:00|
|Lord of the Earth! (Act I)||05:11|
|Under the Earth's Surface||02:31|
|Prelude to Act II||03:06|
|Dance of the Beggars||02:07|
|The Song of Israel||06:04|
Timeless Jewish legends and unforgettable dramatic characters come to life in these opera scenes composed by 20th-century American masters. Ellstein's The Golem retells the ancient tale of a clay-made creature, brought to life by kabbalistic spells, who ultimately threatens the very people he was intended to serve. Strassburg's Chelm, a series of vignettes from a "village of fools," includes a portrayal of a hapless newlywed couple who conduct a hilarious search for an ideal wedding present. Tamkin's The Dybbuk transforms an age-old story of demon possession into a compelling drama wherein the fate of two star-crossed lovers becomes a mystical allegory for the Jewish People and Israel.
Reviews and Recognitions:
Grammy Winner: David Frost, Producer of the Year, Classical
"...a welcome portal into the rich and varied musical soul of American Jewry." —David Gyger, Opera-Opera
"...a dramatic, complex and dissonant work...of substance and stature.... The arrangement [of Robert Strasbourg's Chelm] is nothing less than brilliant." —Morton Gold, Jewish Post and Opinion
"All the ensembles are tight and dramatic..." —Steve Schwartz, ClassicalCDReview.com
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