Julia Pabst | Lilies and Simple Gifts

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Lilies and Simple Gifts

by Julia Pabst

A radiant, light lyric voice of world stages, mixing tenderness and glory. Sacred arias that refresh the soul: 'Beatitudes,' 'Clean Heart,' 'Great Peace;' the playful yet reverent 'Blessed is the People.' A transforming experience.
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Blessed Is the People Julia Schechtman Pabst
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2. Great Peace Have They Julia Schechtman Pabst
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3. Psalm 100 Julia Schechtman Pabst
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4. Be Still and Know Julia Schechtman Pabst
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5. Simple Gifts Julia Schechtman Pabst
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6. The Beatitudes Julia Schechtman Pabst
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7. Psalm 23 Julia Schechtman Pabst
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8. Consider the Lilies Julia Schechtman Pabst
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9. How Marvelous Is the Power of God Julia Schechtman Pabst
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10. Create in Me a Clean Heart Julia Schechtman Pabst
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11. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Julia Schechtman Pabst
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12. The Song of Ruth Julia Schechtman Pabst
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13. I Will Mention the Lovingkindness Julia Schechtman Pabst
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14. The Holy City Julia Schechtman Pabst
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Album Notes
One of the many surprises on this album is a very moving version of 'The Holy City.' There's a "something" infused into this vision of milennial peace that led one reviewer to write, "The great 'Holy City'...brings tears to my eyes every time." (D.M. Schlüter) 'My Shepherd Will Supply My Need' has, by contrast, the calming simplicity of the folk tune and a beguiling melody. Julia Schechtman, her beautiful high notes, liveliness mixed with uplifting power, have been heard in the opera houses of Europe, in roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Figaro, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and others. Her wide taste in sacred songs results in a CD of originality that feels like a good friend, or, as one reviewer phrased it, "an album utterly companionable." Pieces of calm and comfort alternate with songs of bursting joy. The late-20th century settings of Psalm 100, Psalm 23, and 'The Song of Ruth,' are rewarding pieces, each concluding with moving grandeur and strength.

An undercurrent of reassurance infuses Haydn's joyful "How Marvelous"; Psalm 100 is a charge of energy. (Hear longer clips at iTunes and artist's website listed at lower left.) The entire album is a whole new take on classical sacred music.

This album "gives inspiration and strength for the day." (F. Dietrich) "Joy runs throughout this wonderful CD." (Rodman Neumann of Stirling Publishers) Brilliant piano - and sonorous beauty of the accompanying Bösendorfer.
On Boesendorfer is Saul Schechtman, conductor of the tv series Omnibus, chamber orchestra Orchestra Piccola, guest conductor with theater and radio orchestras in Germany, Holland, Scandanavia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

(All songs also available on iTunes UK/Europe, Australia, Japan, and more. CD available also on international websites, as is the companion album, 'Eye on the Sparrow.')


"An impressive range of styles, yet all the selections are unified by the pure, thrilling beauty of her voice... At once, deeply meditative and joyous... An album utterly companionable, so keep it handy. It will lift sorrowful spirits and point the way to joy and peace." - Dr. L. Gott, review. "I was surprised how much I was moved by this new version of Psalm 23- whereas I had felt weary of that particular psalm by too long acquaintance, here it seemed fresh and revivified, and I could recapture its real meaning again. And the Song of Ruth is indescribable in its beauty."

"The warmth of Ms. Pabst’s voice and the quality of the acoustics let you feel as if you were sitting in the front row of the recital hall or even a private hearing." - R. Neumann

"Some songs are catchy, like the modern Psalm 100. Others are soothing, like 'Great Peace Have They' or 'The Beatitudes.' One or two give me a lump in my throat at the end, such as 'Psalm 23.' The acoustics are great - up close and personal." - from cduniverse review

"Her brilliant and gorgeous voice flows from her heart. It is a unique program with great variety." - Takae Ohnishi, Harpsichordist; Lecturer, UCSD

"Unusual for so vibrant a voice to have such a calming effect. The voice is a rare instrument, beautiful and very individual, you'd recognize it anywhere, and the artist is both expressive and self-effacing. The piano accompaniment is sensitive, stylistically flawless. And the musicians are very "present," you feel like you're in the front row...Highly recommended." - From review on amazon.com

"A voice that sounds like the sun coming out; a lovely, 'sunshiney' sound." - Carolyn R.


"A stroke of luck: Julia Schechtman. Great expressivity, vocal presence in all registers, and modulative ability..."
"Her trustworthy musicianship, her masterly execution directed towards lyrical beauty of sound, evoked bravos and ovations."
— Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung

" Remarkable how Julia Schechtman masters the [nuances] with surety of intonation as well as vocal loveliness."
— Ruhr-Nachrichten

"… sparkled with a glorious voice that even in the top notes radiated clarity and surety."
— Westfaelische Rundschau


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Dr. Lucy Pollard-Gott

Thrilling voice--A lift to the spirits!
Julia Schechtman Pabst brings fresh understanding and sensitive musicality to each of the sacred songs on this impeccable album. She embraces an impressive range of styles, yet all the selections are unified by the pure, thrilling beauty of her voice and her interpretive approach, which is, at once, deeply meditative and joyous. This undercurrent of joy, the “simple gift” of faith, frees Ms. Pabst to express praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and humble, but sure reliance on the Divine, with a conscious clarity that guides her voice and pierces the listener’s heart. I was tremendously moved by her singing of “Psalm 23”—a familiar scripture, to be sure, yet she delivered it fresh and revivified, and I could experience its meaning of true comfort again. She made each song so welcoming, inviting us to feel its particular sound texture and quality of emotion. I should mention that the piano accompaniment, performed by noted composer Saul Schechtman, and including some of his own compositions and arrangements, is subtle and wonderful, providing the perfect rejoinders to Ms. Pabst’s singing. This is an album that you will find utterly companionable, so keep it handy. It will lift sorrowful spirits and point the way to joy and peace.

Rodman Pilgrim Neumann

Natural warmth—a voice of subtlety and joy!
"Lilies and Simple Gifts" is that rare find; a lovely CD of superb quality, sung with absolute beauty. Julia Schechtman Pabst has a lovely, clear voice with a natural warmth to her tone that should be heard. The arrangements and original compositions by Saul Schechtman are in perfect balance to the lyric clarity and allure of Ms. Pabst’s clear interpretations. This is especially evident on one of my favorite’s, “The Song of Ruth,” where the subtle, and even playful, texture of the piano complements both the text and the pure light agility of Ms. Pabst’s voice. I especially enjoy the a cappella opening and spare setting of the familiar Shaker melody “Simple Gifts” which allow Ms. Pabst’s voice to touch us directly. And Haydn’s “How Marvelous the Power of a God” beautifully imparts the exuberance and joy that runs throughout this wonderful CD.