Sacred Bridges – 2015
March 30, 2015 Leave a comment
It is the time of the year (during the time of the important Jewish and Christian holidays) when I present my program Sacred Bridges. The focus of this program however is on spiritual music from multiple religious traditions and not just the two. From the end of March until the end of May, many religious denominations celebrate holidays. Sacred Bridges represents religious tolerance and interfaith interaction through music.
Composer Obadiah the Proselyte (ca. 1070) a Catholic priest, who converted to Judaism
Wojciech Bobowski known as Ali Ufki was born in Poland. Composed an Ottoman Psalter, based on the Genevan metrical psalter, and was considered one of the most important 17th-century figures in Ottoman music.
Ali Ufki /Genevan Psalter: Psalm 8
Here is a list of some of the works that I will present in this year’s special:
De Profundis by Polish composer, Marian Borkowski (1934- )
Seven Last Words by American composer, Bern Herbolsheimer (1948- )
Complete Psalm XVIII, “I cieli immensi narrano” from Estro poetico-armonico by Italian composer, Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) – my favorite recording with Coro e Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana with Edwin Loehrer conducting
Benedetto Marcello used Hebrew melodies in his Estro poetico-armonico
Passion Week (complete) by Russian composer, Maximilian Steinberg (1883-1946) – The last major sacred work composed in Russia after the imposition of Communism in its World Premiere Recording by the highly acclaimed Cappella Romana
Jewish/Lithuanian born Maximilian Steinberg joined the Eastern Orthodox Church upon his marriage to Rimsky-Korsakov’s daughter
If you cannot listen the day of the broadcast, you can listen to the archives for over two weeks after each show at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/index_music.html