Montserrat Caballé sings Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony

Montserrat Caballe foto

Montserrat Caballe

Happy birthday to famous Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé! She was born at April 12. 

Her rendition of the “Andante con tenerezza” from Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1978 – the first recording of the final revision of that work:

Kaddish is Leonard Bernstein’ third symphony. Written in 1963, it is a dramatic work for a large orchestra, a full choir, a boy’s choir, a soloist – soprano and narrator.  

Leonard Bernstein and Boris Pasternak foto

Leonard Bernstein and Boris Pasternak

The symphony is dedicated to the memory of President John F.Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, just weeks before the first performance of the symphony. Leonard Bernstein wrote the text of the narration himself. In 2003, after talks with Bernstein shortly before his death, Holocaust survivor Samuel Pisar added a new narration about his personal experiences and how his family suffered and perished in the Holocaust. The Bernstein estate allows this version only to be used with Samuel Pisar as recitator.[1]

  1.  David Patrick Stearns (17 April 2008).”For Bernstein’s Kaddish a bold, personal voice”. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-12-12.

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