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[music download click here] NABUCCO. The Opera by Verdi
Some say that VERDI's name was an acronym for Victor Emannuel Rey di Italia. This opera about Nabucco, or actually Nebuchadnezer, the Babylonian tyrant who destroyed Jerusalem and carried the Jews away to Babylon, was seen by Italians as a call to freedom. They saw the plight of the Jews in Babylon as their plight under Austrian domination. Verdi captures Hebrew themes and dance the opera.
The story of the opera is as follows: Composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Characters are Abigaille/Soprano; Nabucodonosor/Baritone; Ismaele/Tenor, Fenena/Mezzo-soprano, Zaccaria/Bass, Abdallo/Tenor, Anna/Soprano. In Act I, Solomon's Temple is under siege in Jerusalem. The Babylonian Empire is led by Nabucodonosor II (from 605 to 562 b. C.) The Levites implore God to spare at least the Temple from the Babylonians' destructive fury (Gli arredi festivi ). In the meantime Zaccaria, the high priest of the Jews, arrives and reveals that he is holding hostage Fenena, King Nabucco's daughter. He hopes that the young girl may be the means for a negotiation of peace. At the same time Ismaele - Jewish grandson of the king of Jerusalem and in love with Fenena - also comes to the Temple, spreading the news that Babylonian soldiers are successfully invading. Zaccaria asks Ismaele to look after Fenena while he is leading the people in an attempt to defend Jerusalem and the temple. When alone, Ismaele and Fenena exchange tender words. They have long been lovers, since Ismaele went to Babylon as an ambassador and, put into prison, managed to escape thanks to Fenena's help. Abigaille, Fenena's sister, also in love with Ismaele, did not want him to escape; now Ismaele feels indebted to Fenena and is determined to run away with her. In the meantime a group of Babylonian soldiers disguised as Jews, reaches the Holy Temple. They are led by Abigaille, Nabucco's first daughter. At first, indignant, she addresses the two lovers in hate, then proposes a pact: if Ismaele returns her love, she will see that the Jews have peace and safety. Ismaele refuses and the temple is reached by Jerusalem's defenders. Last of all, preceded by a group of soldiers, Nabucco appears on his horse. Zaccaria threatens to kill Fenena if Nabucco and his people dare violate the sacred place. For a moment Nabucco hesitates and seems inclined to withdraw from the temple, but soon after, re-entering it, he swears at the God of the Jews (Tremin gl'insani del mio furore ). Zaccaria is now decided to stab Fenena, but Ismaele won't allow it. Nabucco, embracing his daughter again, orders to put the temple to fire and sword. Abigaille, disappointed in her feelings, consoles herself with her hatred for the Jews. Zaccaria curses Ismaele who, for the love of a Babylonian woman, has betrayed his people and is the cause of the present ruin. Act II is set in the Royal Palace in Babylon. Abigaille believes she has discovered that she is not Nabucco's firstborn but some slaves' daughter (Anch'io dischiuso un giorno ). Abigaille is blinded by her hatred for her sister, who stole from her love and power (since the King has given her regency insetad of Abigaille). Abigaille plans to rebel against Fenena's decision to free the Jews. Abigaile will say that King Nabucco's is dead and she will sieze the crown. Zaccaria, together with his fellow exiled Jews is goes to Fenena's apartments to make her convert to the Jewish faith. Ismaele, alone in a room with the Levites, is feeling deeply dejected; he is seen as a traitor by everybody. Zaccaria comes back followed by Fenena and her sister Anna. He orders the Levites to stop insulting Ismaele. He is not a traitor, because he saved from death a converted woman. In the meanwhile Abdallo rushes in announcing Nabucco's death and Abigaille ascent to the throne. Abigaiile tries to steal the crown, but in walk the King who destroys the idols and announces he will now by God as well as King.. Soon after these words are uttered, a lightening bolt strikes Nabucco (Chi mi toglie il regio scettro). Taking advantage of her father's bewilderment, Abigaille takes possession of the crown and puts it on her head. In Act 3, Queen Abigaille is the leader. She has ordered death to the Jews and Fenena. But Nabucco appears. He signs the death warrant, not knowing that his daughter will also die. Abigaille has Nabucco imprisoned. Nabucco says he will abdicate the throne in her favor if she grants pardon to Fenena. Abigaille, with a sardonic and scornful smile, refuses to do so. On the banks of the river Euphrates, the Jews in chains, in a pause of their exhausting work, sing an hymn to their distant native land (Va' Pensiero). In Act IV, Nabucco, on a seat, wakes from a nightmare. Hearing some shouts he calls for arms and a horse to move in to attack. Soon after he finds out that the shouts he heard are the voices that accompany Fenena to the sacrifice. With Fenena taken to the scaffold and himself a prisoner in his own palace, Nabucco feels utterly powerless (Dio di Giuda!... ). He then implores the god of the Jews and swears that he will have Jerusalem's temple rebuilt if his Fenena is saved. Going to the door of the palace, he meets the faithful Abdallo with the soldiers still faithful to the old king. Ready for the attack, he is going to punish the traitors and save his daughter. Fenena, after being comforted by Zaccaria, goes towards her martyrdom, (Oh dischiuso Ŕ il firmamento ) But outside, Nabucco breaks in and stops the slaughter. At the same time he orders to overthrow the simulacrum of the god. The idol, even before being touched, falls to the ground and goes to pieces. The Jews are free and Nabucco exhorts his people to bow before the great god of the Jews : "Jehova" (Immenso Jehova ) . Abigaille poisons herself. Before dying she asks for her sister's forgiveness and puts the two lovers, Ismaele and Fenena, under Nabucco's protection so that the king may allow their marriage. She dies invoking the god of the Jews. (Su me... morente... esanime)
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[music download click here] LA Juive- The Complete Opera by Jacques Halevy
HALEVY composed of La Juive. Halevy's family had fled Spain during the Inquisition and settled in Holland and France. A Parisian, he was born in 1799, and since Napoleon was in power, he was a French citizen. In 1835, at the age of 36, he wrote this opera. (His son in law is Bizet)
The story of the opera is as follows: The opera opens in 1544, with Eleazar (a jeweler) and Rachell live in Constance. Rachell, is in love with a young man she believes to be a Jew; but the laws say that love between faiths will result in excommunication for the Christian and death to the Jew. Rachell invites this man, Leopold (actually a Prince), to the Passover celebration. The Jewish townspeople sing their Passover Prayer. Leopold tries to throw away the matzah he is given. It is at this point that he tells her he is really a Christian. Rachell is horrified and tells him she didn't know she was offending not only her father but her honor and her God as well. She reminds him of the awful consequences awaiting them both. He promises he will take her away. She tries to hold out, worrying about abandoning her father, but finally succumbs to his plans out of love for him. The two are soon confronted by Eleazar who curses Leopold. Leopold leaves. Rachell follows him to the palace where she reveals his love for her - an action that will lead to death for her and excommunication for him. Eleazar follows them. As he cries out his defiance, all three are taken to prison. In the next scene, Eudooxie asks for and gets permission to speak to Rachell in prison. She begs Rachell to save Prince Leopold by declaring his innocence. Eudoxie pleads with her to say it was her fault alone and after a beautiful aria, Rachell does just that. Eudoxie leaves, Bishop Brogni appears and tells Rachell he can save them all. He asks Eleazar to accept Christianity but Eleazar replies that he would rather die first and then takes his first step toward revenge. But Eleazar knows a secret. Rachell is actually the daughter of the Bishop who was saved from death by a Jew and raised as a Jew. He decides never to yield Rachell to the Christians. But he is moved to pity. Eleazar doesn't tell her who she is but does tell her she can live if she decides to accept Christianity. She refuses and climbs the scaffold ahead of him. As the people sing various prayers, The Bishop asks Eleazar once again about his lost daughter. Eleazar replies. Your daughter is there... IN the boiling oil into which you have just thrown her.
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[music download click here] Bela Bartˇk: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, etc / Lili Kraus
Bela bartoks Romanian Dances
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[music download click here] Greatest Hits - Camille Saint-SaŰns
Contains the Dance Baccanale from his opera, "Samson and Delila"
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[music download click here] ELIJAH Oratorios. By Felix Mendelssohn. Shaw, Bonney, Quivar, Hadley, Hampson
Contains the Elijah Composition
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[music download click here] Hebrew Melody - Jewish Music for Piano & Violin / Kramer
Contains one piece by Maurice Ravel's Melodies Hebraiques (Kaddisch)
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[music download click here] The Israeli Connection / Sharon Bezaly, Dejan Lazic
Contains one piece by Maurice Ravel's Melodies Hebraiques (Kaddisch)
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[music download click here] Feidman in Jerusalem / Giora Feidman and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Contains TWO pieces by Maurice Ravel's Melodies Hebraiques
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[music download click here] The Cantorial Voice of the Cello / Bloemendal, Tryon, Ravel, et al
Contains Maurice Ravel's Melodies Hebraiques and other pieces, check it out, have a listen.
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[music download click here] Ernest Bloch: Sacred Service / Simon, Berkman, London SO

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[music download click here] Bloch: Meditations Hebra´ques, etc
contains Meditations Hebra´ques, and selections from Jewish Life.
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[music download click here] Bernstein. The Kaddish
Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish composition.
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[music download click here] Music on Hebrew Themes / Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal
includes Bloch, and Overture on Hebrew Themes for Orchestra in C minor, Opus 34a Composed by Sergei Prokofiev, and Jewish folk poetry, Opus 79 by Dmitri Shostakovich
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