Max Stern: Four Festivals (1971)(10:36)
for children's or womens choir acappella
Simhat Torah (Simhat Torah Day) (1:25)
Sukkot (What's our Sukkah For?) (2:51)
Purim (Purim Day) (1:21)
Passover (Chad Gadya) (4:56)
A Cappella settings of traditional Jewish-European festival and holiday folksongs.
Max Stern: Prayer for Israel for 4-part choir a cappella (1988)(6:52)
Prayer for Israel is the newest addition to the prayer book. Written shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel by Nobel Prize author S.J. Agnon on request from the Chief Rabbi Nissim and Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, it invokes protecting peace and Divine blessing upon the Holyland and it people.
Max Stern: Magnificat Hebraica (1996) (12:57)
for 8-part a cappella mixed choir
Magnificat Hebraica is based upon liturgical responses Hallelujah, Amen, and the traditional Hebrew-Aramaic Doxology, Kaddish. Its antiphonal choral textures derive from a synthesis of ancient psalmody and contemporary vocal sonority. The sacred texts voice universal Sanctification and Redemption.
Out of the Whirlwind (1997) (37:00)
Holocaust Cantata for baritone, soprano, chous and instruments (fl, cl, bn, trp, hn, vn, vc, cb, hp & perc)
baritone solo prologue: Hear My Cry O God (Ps 28:1)(1:25)
chorus: Out of the Depths (Ps 130:1, 44:27)(6:48)
soprano solo: From Tomorrow On (children's song from Terezin concentration camp)(2:56)
chorus: I Lift Up Mine Eyes (Ps 121:1-2)(6:33)
soprano solo: Birdsong (children's song from Terezin concentration camp)(3:54)
chorus: Wake Up O Lord (Ps 44:24-27, 58:12)(2:55)
soprano solo: I Want to Go Away (children's song from Terezin concentration camp)(2:55)
chorus: Song of the Partisans (Hirsch Glik)(8:30)
Out of the Whirlwind is a collection memory and prayer based on Psalms and Holocaust Lliterature. Solo songs alternate with narration and choral textures deriving from synagogue idioms, giving expression to fears, hopes and dreams. Faith, doubt and despair alternate in a moving music statement. Performed by soloists Ioan Tibrea, bass-baritone, Sherry Zannoth, soprano, Carmen Gurban, soprano, Paul Hoffman, piano.
About the Performers:
Antifonia was founded by Constantine Ripa in 1969 and quickly established itself as one of the leading contemporary music choirs in Europe. They have won 12 prizes at international competitions and have performed at Wein Modern, Music d' Aujpurdhui, Strasbourg, and other festivals.
Soprano Carmen Gurban is a star of the Romanian Opera, Cluj.
Soprano soloist Sherry Zannoth has performed with the New York City Opera.
Pianist Paul Hoffmann is a renowned modern music specialist and founder of the contemporary music ensemble Helix. Professor Hoffmann is chairman of the piano department at Rutgers University.