Jewish Heritage Month and Chamber Music Month is winding down, and we hope you've been enjoying daily additions to our Spotify playlist highlighting some of our favorite works in the genre. Today, we're sharing a peek behind the curtain into the minds of the artists and the stories behind the works.
We've assembled EIGHT original video documentaries and oral histories around some of our our most popular Jewish Chamber Music works in one place for all to enjoy. View them all here or simply click on the button below to save them on your YouTube playlist:
The Juilliard String Quartet performs Darius Milhaud's Études sur des thèmes liturgiques du Comtat Venaissin. Features interview footage with members of the crtically acclaimed ensemble, as well as the composer's widow, Mme. Milhaud. Narrated by Grant Gottschall.
Cellist Julian Schwarz performs Ernest Bloch's From Jewish Life, at a Milken Archive interview session with artistic director Neil Levin.
Short documentary on Samuel Adler's Nuptial Scene. Features the composer discussing the work, as well as footage from the recording session, which included several of Adler's long-time Eastman colleagues and former students.
Short documentary on the Milken Archive's recording of Herbert Fromm's Yemenite Cycle, which he composed upon return from his first trip to Israel.
The late Meyer Kupferman discusses the composition of his Holocaust memorial The Shadows of Jerusalem. Interview by Neil W. Levin. Milken Archive oral history excerpt.
Composer Joelle Wallach discusses her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, inspired by a jolting experience she had at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Interview by Neil W. Levin. Milken Archive oral history excerpt.
Composer Sheila Silver discusses To the Spirit Unconquered, her piano trio inspired by the writings of Primo Levi. Interview by Neil W. Levin. Milken Archive oral history excerpt.
Composer Ruth Schonthal discusses the origins and significance of her imaginative A Bird over Jerusalem, which reflects on inter-religious tensions in Israel. Interview by Neil W. Levin. Milken Archive oral history excerpt.