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Candles Burning Brightly

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Listen on December 5 at 4pm on WMHT-FM

Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

Enjoy bonus audio tracks at right, including choral selections from a new CD by Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA, plus selections for harp, arranged and performed by Minneapolis harpist Andrea Stern and recorded for Classical MPR in our Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio :

  • My Candles/Yodim Atem - Chassidic/Traditional arr Robert Schultz, adapted by Andrea Stern

  • Maoz Tsur ("Rock of Ages") - traditional Italian, adapted by Andrea Stern

  • Blessing for the lighting of candles - traditional

Program

Dov Frimer, arr H Netsky/J Jacobson - Al Hanissim (Hebrew) - Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Traditional, arr J Miller - Shehecheyanu (Hebrew) - Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Chaim Parchi, arr J Jacobson - Aleh Neiri (Hebrew) - Chaim Parchi, soloist; Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda, arr H Netsky - Ocho Candelikas (Ladino) - Soloists and New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)

Leo Low, arr L Moore - Likhtelekh (Yiddish) - Coro Hebraeico/Neil Levin (Naxos 8.559410)

Traditional/Oujda, Morocco - Hanerot Hallalu ("These Light We Kindle") (Hebrew) - Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional, arr A. Binder - Maoz Tsur "Rock of Ages" (Hebrew)

Italian chant - Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Benedetto Marcello - Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Hugo Chaim Adler - Maoz Tsur

Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

David Weintraub - Eight Bright Candles - Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Break bed: Samuel Adler - To Celebrate a Miracle (excerpt) - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony/Rodney Winther (Naxos 8.559410)

Theodore Bikel reads "The Lost Menorah" by Howard Schwartz fromAdam's Soul: The Collected Tales of Howard Schwartz (published by Jason Aronson in 1992; now out of print); used with the kind permission of the author

Scott Robinson - Great is the Miracle, mvt II - Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Shelley Olson - Blessing for A Chanukah Cantata - Rosemary Quinn-Milch, cello (Maju Music 00-1.1)

Traditional Sephardic/Adrianopoli, Greece - Quital'tas (Ladino) - Piffaro, with Julianne Baird (rec live in concert, Dec 3, 2011)

Yiddish Folk Song - Bulbes "Potatoes" - Emil Decameron and His Orchestra, rec Vienna 1959 (Vanguard Classics OVC 6005)

Mikhl Gelbart, arr Mark Zuckerman - Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl (Yiddish) - Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Traditional, arr J Jacobson - Drey, Dreydelekh (Yiddish) - Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda - Hanuka (Ladino) - Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional Klezmer - Keshenev Bulgar - New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)