Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cantor Helfgot & Itzhak Perlman: A Yiddishe Mame

This is a video clip from the PBS-TV’s Great Performances: Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, which was broadcast from New York City on August 28, 2014It is introduced on the PBS site as follows, spelling Yiddishe with only one “d.”:
Songwriter and pianist Neil Sedaka introduces the song “A Yidishe Mame” (A Jewish Mother), a popular Yiddish classic with Vaudeville roots. Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Helfgot perform it, backed by The Klezmer Conservatory Band and The Rejoice Chamber Orchestra.
While Perlman is internationally known and acclaimed, and requires no introduction, Cantor Helfgot is equal to the musical task at hand. He currently serves as Chief Cantor of the historic Park East Synagogue in New York City, which was founded in 1888 under its original name, Congregation Zichron EphraimIt is modern OrthodoxAs a comparison, you can compare this rendition to that of Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt [1882-1933], who was called the Jewish Caruso.

The full musical program consisted of the following:

Yism’chu (They Shall Rejoice)
Romanian Doyne
Shoyfer Shel Moshiakh (Ram’s Horn of the Messiah)
A Dudele (A Song to You)
Sheyibone Bays Hamikdosh (May the Holy Temple Be Rebuilt)
A Yiddishe Momme (A Yiddish Mother)
Adir Hu/Moyshe Emes (Mighty Is He/Moses is True)
Yism’chu (closer)