With the Jewish High Holidays drawing to a close, we would like to invite our many Jewish members and friends to enjoy a rich sampling of songs from the Yiddish theater. All selections are available for listening here on Classical Archives.
You will find two stellar albums of music from the Yiddish theater in the Classical Archives online library. Both are productions of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. They are not historic recordings of old performances, but new recordings of old songs from the Yiddish stage, all lovingly performed by a cast of singers that includes sopranos Nell Snaidas and Amy Goldstein, mezzo-sopranos Joanne Borts and Elizabeth Shammash, tenors Benzion Miller, Bruce Adler, Simon Spiro and Robert Bloch, and baritone Robert Abelson. All performances are led by Elli Jaffe, who conducts the Weiner Kammerorchester.
Click, Sit Back and Listen
To help you start listening and enjoying right now, I have added the first of the two albums to a playlist that members of Classical Archives can savor by simply CLICKING HERE. Please note that the playlist is fully accessible only to Classical Archives subscribers.
Our playlist starts with “Bay Mir Bistdu Scheyn” (“I Think You Are Beautiful”) by Sholom Secunda, which is the most famous song of all from the Yiddish theater. But many other delightful surprises await your listening too, including love songs, humorous songs, nostalgically sad songs, and much, much more.
To listen to the other album of Yiddish theater songs available on Classical Archives, CLICK HERE.
We wish all our Jewish friends – and all our members – a very joyous New Year.
As we close today’s post, we include an updated take on “Bay Mir Bistdu Scheyn.” Enjoy!
Dear Barry – who knew? And shana tova, too!
Did you do the video editing? It’s delightfully insane!
Wish more folks were commenting on this. Such a trip!]
Writing the blog, now.
Hi David, Thanks for the kind comment! I only wish that I were capable of editing a video in that way. I simply embedded it from YouTube. Glad you enjoyed it! Best regards, Barry
Greetings! I recognized the classic film comedians, Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) from the movie clips taken from several of their silent and sound comedies made at the Hal Roach Studios between 1927 and 1940. Laurel & Hardy’s comedy might be well described as somewhat Talmudic in nature. I enjoyed “Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” a song composed in 1932 for the Yiddish comedy musical, “I Would If I Could” (in Yiddish, “Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht,” or “You could live, but they don’t let you”). Thank you for sharing!
Hi Don, Many thanks for the comment. You have spurred me to go back and listen to some of that wonderful, atmospheric music – right now during the July 4th weekend. Why not???? Best wishes,