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Music for the High Holidays

09/17/12 6:00PM

AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
Elan Sherman, 9, covers his ears as his father, Cantor Philip Sherman, right, shows him how to blow the Shofar in New York. The Shofar is a ram's horn that is traditionally blown on Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year and at the end of Yom Kippur.

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Music for the High Holidays is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah (which begins at sundown on Sunday the 16th) and Yom Kippur.  It includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish services--including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman -- as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.

Written and hosted by Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions. 

Listen to Music For The High Holidays



Jonathan Miller: Shehecheyanu
Chicago A Cappella, conducted by Jonathan Miller
CD: CAC 2006

Jacob Weinberg: String Quartet, Opus 55
Bingham String Quartet
CD: Naxos 8.559457

Max Janowski: Avinu Malkeinu
University of Utah Singers, conducted by Brady Allred
CD: i thank You God for most this amazing day

Ernest Bloch (arr. Christopher Palmer): From Jewish Life: Prayer
Natalie Clein, cello; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
CD: Hyperion 67910)

Ernest Bloch: Yih’yu l’ratzon (May the Words of My Mouth)
Rinat Choir, conducted by Gary Bertini
CD: IDC 5048

Darius Milhaud: Etudes on Liturgical Themes from Comtat Venaissin
Juilliard String Quartet
CD: Naxos 8.559451

Salamone Rossi: Barechu et Adonai ham’vorach and Adon Olam (plus instrumentals)
Boston Camerata, conducted by Joel Cohen
CD: HMA 1951021

Traditional, arr. Hankus Netsky: Kol Nidre
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzhak Meir Helfgot;
Hankus Netsky, piano; Pete Rushefsky, tsimbi
CD: Sony 542006

John Zorn: Kol Nidre
Ilya Kaler and Perrin Young, violin; George Taylor, viola; Steven Doane, cello
CD: Naxos 8.559451

Traditional: Ashamnu
Cantor Benzion Miller; Schola Hebraica, conducted by Neil Levin
CD: Naxos 8.559428-29

Ben Steinberg: Shalom Rav
Cantor Ida Rae Cahana; students from the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, conducted by Samuel Adler; Aaron Miller, organ

TMP 950025

Traditional: Shalom Rav
Rachel Van Voorhees, harp
CD: Centaur 2317

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