Music of Herman Berlinski
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR839     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Donald Boothman, baritone; Herman Berlinski, piano, organ; Lori Barnet, cello

Herman Berlinski received his primary music education at the Landeskonsevatorium Leipzig, graduating with honors in 1932. Forced to leave Germany at the onset of the Nazi regime, he became a student of the Ecole Normale de Musique, studying composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Alfred Cortot. Berlinski, formerly a Polish citizen, enlisted as a volunteer in the French Army, receiving the Croix du Combattant Volontaire from the French government for his wartime service. He fled the German occupation of France in 1941, settling in New York. In 1960 he became the first doctoral candidate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America to earn the degree of Doctor of Sacred Music. He has held the posts of organist at Temple Emanu-El, New York, and Minister of Music to the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He was the founder and director of the Shir Chadash Chorale, a choir distinguished by its pioneering programs of historical and contemporary Jewish music.

Berlinski has lectured as a visiting professor in many institutions of learning, both here in the United States and in Germany. His most recent lectures were given under the auspices of the American Information Agency at the Mendelssohn Academy, Leipzig, and at the Europischen Zentrum for Judische Musik, Hannover. Among the honors, awards, and fellowships the composer has received are a MacDowell fellowship (1958); The Peabody Waite Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1984); a commission from the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress (1985); the establishment of the Herman Berlinski Collection at the Sabin Music Center of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1986); the Shenandoah University and Conservatory medal of Excellence (1992); and The Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Guild of Organists (1995). He was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1995.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Donald Boothman

Music of Herman Berlinski

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Track Listing

Return, a song cycle for baritone & piano: I. The Listener
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Return, a song cycle for baritone & piano: II. Return
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Return, a song cycle for baritone & piano: III. Travelogue for Exiles
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Return, a song cycle for baritone & piano: IV. Portrait of a Girl
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Sinfonia No. 10 for 'Cello and Organ: I. "Min-Ha-Maakim" Out of The depths
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Sinfonia No. 10 for 'Cello and Organ: II. "Av-Ha-Rachamim" Father of Mercy
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