(1933) Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh)

Instrumentation: for baritone, mixed chorus, and orchestra (English text by David Stevens; Italian text by Maria Tibaldi-Chiesa, issued by S.A. Carish, Milan); chorus and piano/organ-vocal score in Hebrew-English.


Date of Composition: 1930-1933

Place of Composition: Roveredo-Ticino

Publisher: Broude Brothers

Duration Minutes: 45.0



See Claude Torres discography page for this work http://claude.torres1.perso.sfr.fr/Bloch/Bloch39.html

Sony Classical SM2K 47533

Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh)

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Conductor


Pavilion Records

Sacred Service

London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra

Marko Rothmuller, Dorothy Bond, Doris Cowan

Ernest Bloch, Conducting


Zara Nelsova, cello and London Philharmonic Orchestra


Zara Nelsova, cello w. Ernest Bloch, piano

Jewish Song

Zara Nelsova, cello w. Ernest Bloch, piano


In October 2010 someone wrote:  Our choir has just begun rehearsing Avodath Hakodesh. Is there a "definitive" recording that you would recommend? Are recordings available for each voice, as a study tool?

I (Claude Torres) would recommand in this order (among a dozen recordings)

Thomas Hampson, bariton
Raphael Frieder, speaker
Collegiate Chorale / Robert Bass
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
18 March 1973 (live)
Dedicatory Concert opening the Alice Millar Center for the Fine Arts
Westbrook Auditorium Presser Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University
- Helicon Classics 9623
Louis Berkman, bariton
Zemel Choir of London / Anthony Saunders 
London Chorale 
London Concord Singers 
London Symphony Orchestra 
Geoffrey Simon
7-9 November 1978
- Chandos CHAN8418
- Chandos CHAN10288X
Robert Merrill, Cantor
Dr. Judah Cahn, Rabbi
Choir of the Metropolitan Synagogue
Choir of Community Church of New York
Maurice Levine
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein
10 April 1960
- SONY SM2K 47533 (2 CDs)
Sung in English
Aron Marko Rothmüller, bariton
Dorothy Bond, Soprano
Doris Cowan, Alto
London Philharmonic Choir / Frederick Jackson
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ernest Bloch
14-15 october 1949
Decca Studios, Kingsway Hall
- Jewish Music Heritage Society JMHR CD015

Best regards
Claude Torres
mail : claude.torres1@sfr.fr
page : http://claude.torres1.perso.sfr.fr/index.html

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