Music for the High Holidays

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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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