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Prophet or King

by Max Stern

Six contemporary works for instruments, or instruments and voices, which draw inspiration from the world of the Bible. They were performed and recorded in unusual settings and locations and in live concerts.
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1. Tamid (feat. Glorioso Classico Ensemble)
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2. Song of Moses (feat. Reinhard Langnickel & Brigitte Langnickel Kohler)
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3. Prophet or King (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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4. Shepherd Song (feat. Reinhard Langnickel & Brigitte Langnickel Kohler)
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5. Psalms and Songs: Mizmor Shir (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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6. Psalms and Songs: Bar Yochai (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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7. Psalms and Songs: Zimerat Yah (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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8. Psalms and Songs: Hakohen (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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9. Psalms and Songs: Hallelujah (feat. Ben Gurion University Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble)
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10. Maskil Ledavid: Ps 142 (Vn, Cl, Bn) [feat. The Max Stern Trio]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This disc contains six contemporary works by MAX STERN which draw inspiration from the world of the Bible. They are scored for various instrumental and Vocal combinations and were performed and recorded in many locations in Europe and Israel.

TAMID is based on ancient ritual music, used to accompany the daily sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.

Commissioned and performed by Glorioso Classico (Norway):
V. Chronholm, trumpet
A. Tvinneriem, clarinet
G. Aase, cello
T. Walaas, piano
T. Oien, percussion.
Recorded at Lynor Studio, Kristiansand, Norway, 2003


SONG OF MOSES is a dramatic portrayal of Deuteronomy 32 for contrabass, harp-percussion, and organ. It depicts the lawgiver admonishing, rebuking, and justifying the ways of God to the people against a background of eternal witnesses – heaven and earth. It is structured in 8 scenes:

1. Invocation to Heaven and Earth (Dt 32 1-9)
2. Desert Encounter (10-12)
3. Admonition (15)
4. Anger (16)
5. Disappointment (19-20)
6. Love (Ps 81:14-17)
7. Justice (35-38)
8. Salvation (43)

Performers:
Max Stern, contrabass
Brigitte Langnickel-Kohler, harp-percussion
Reinhard Langnickel, organ
Recorded at Marienkirche, Munster, Germany, June 13 & 16,1996.

SHEPHERD SONG is a lyric instrumental interpretation of Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd

Performers:
Max Stern, contrabass
Brigitte Langnickel-Kohler, harp-percussion
Reinhard Langnickel, organ
Recorded at Marienkirche, Munster, Germany, June 13 & 16,1996.


PROPHET OR KING, a Biblical episode for soloist, narrators, choir and instrumental ensemble based on 1 Samuel Chapters 8 and 12

The episode surrounding the coronation of the first king in the history of Israel, allows Scripture to reflect on the inherently problematic nature of kingship. Spiritual leadership alone is not enough for the masses. The prophet Samuel, who retires from leadership without blemish, dramatically articulates the dangers of earthly power. The king, after coronation, will cynically and ruthlessly take advantage of the people to realize his own ambitions. Nonetheless, the people reject the prophetic voice. It was a problem then and remains so to this day.

Libretto

Narrator:
Then said Samuel to the people (11:14)
Samuel:
Come and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.
Choir:
And all the people went to Gilgal: and there made Saul king
One:
Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways (8:5)
Choir:
Place a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations (8:19-20)
Narrator:
And Samuel said unto all Israel (12:1)
Samuel:
Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice and made a king over you. And I am old and gray headed and I have walked before you from my youth unto this day. Here I am, witness against me – whose ox have I taken? Whose ass have I taken? Whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Of whose hand have I taken a ransom? (12: 2-3)
Choir:
Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, nor taken of any man's hand.
Narrator:
This shall be the manner of the king that shall reign over you; he will take your sons, and your daughters, and fields, and vineyards, and olive yards, and give them to his servants. And your best young men and ye shall be his servants. (8: 11-17)
Choir:
Nay; but there shall be a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations! (8:19-20)
Angels:
Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not be king over them. (8:7) Now hearken unto their voice; howbeit, earnestly forewarn them the judgment of the king that shall rule over them (8:9)
Samuel:
I will call unto the Lord, that he may send thunder and rain; and ye shall know that your wickedness is great, in asking for a king (8:17)
Choir:
Pray for thy servants (12:19)
Samuel:
Fear not; ye have indeed done all this evil; yet turn not aside from following the Lord, and turn not aside after vain things. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake. (12: 20-21)
Choir:
The Lord will reign forever and ever. (Ps. 146:10)

Performers:
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble
under the direction of the composer
Recorded live at Ben-Gurion University, May 28, 2007

PSALMS and SONGS of PRAISE are five sacred songs for 2 and 3 part choir, based on Oriental-Jewish folklore.
1. Mizmor Shir
2. Bar Yochai
3. Zimerat Yah
4. Ha-Kohen
5. Hallelujah (Psalm 150)

Performers:
Ben Gurion University of the Negev vocal and instrumental Ensemble
under the direction of the composer
Recorded live at Ben-Gurion University, Senate Rotunda, May 25, 2007


Max Stern was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel in 1976. His works have been performed and recorded in Israel and abroad. In 1990 Stern won the Israel Composer’s League Lieberson Prize for “Balaam and the Ass”. "Prophet or King" was at the international conference on Spiritual Authority: Struggles Over Cultural Power, sponsored by the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, May 28, 2007.



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