Mit oygn farmakhte 02:55

Liner Notes

Mark Silver’s Mit oygn farmakhte (With Closed Eyes) is a careful setting of Avraham Reisen’s poem, in which two lovers cannot refrain from recalling their earlier first lovers—even when they are together in a lover’s embrace (“with closed eyes”). At least for one of the two, however, this makes for a “double joy.”



Poem: Avraham Reisen
Sung in Yiddish

I kiss you with closed eyes
And feel a double joy:
With closed eyes I can see
My first love again!

And when I open my eyes
I see that yours too are closed.…
The same thing has happened to you:
You too have thought of your first love.…

Poem: Avraham Reisen

ikh kush dikh mit oygn farmakhte
un fil vi a dopltn glik:
mit oygn farmakhte derze
ikh di libe di ershte tsurik!

un efn ikh uf mayne oygn
derze ikh oykh dayne farmakht….
mit dir iz dos zelbe geshen:
oykh du host fun ershtn getrakht….






Composer: Mark Silver

Length: 02:55
Genre: Art Song

Performers: Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, Soprano;  John Musto, Piano

Date Recorded: 12/01/2001
Venue: Lefrak Concert Hall/Colden Center for the Arts (D), Flushing, New York
Engineer: Lazarus, Tom
Assistant Engineer: Frost, David
Project Manager: Schwendener, Paul

Additional Credits:

Translation: Eliyahu Mishulovin


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