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Shir Hadash, New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue, 2013

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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1.
Ein keloheinu, ein kadoneinu, ein k’malkeinu, ein k’moshi’einu. Mi kheloheinu, mi khadoneinu, mi kh’malkeinu, mi kh’moshi’einu. Nodeh leloheinu, nodeh ladoneinu, nodeh l’malkeinu, nodeh l’moshi’einu. Barukh Eloheinu, barukh adoneinu, barukh malkeinu, barukh moshi’einu. Atah hu Eloheinu, atah hu adoneinu, atah hu malkeinu, atah hu moshi’einu. Atah hu sheh-hiktiru avoteinu l’fanekha et k’toret ha-samim. There is nothing like our God, like our Lord. There is nothing like our King, our Deliverer. Who compares to our God, to our Lord? Who compares to our King, our Deliverer? Let us thank our God, our Lord. Let us thank our King, our Deliverer. Let us praise our God, our Lord. Let us praise our King, our Deliverer. You are our God, our Lord. You are our King, our Deliverer. You are the One to whom our ancestors offered fragrant incense.
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V’shamru 02:31
V’shamru v’nei yisrael et ha-shabbat, la’asot et ha-shabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini u-vein b’nei yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheshet yamim asah Adonai et ha-shamayim v’et ha-aretz, uva-yom ha-sh’vi·i shavat vayinafash. The people Israel shall observe Shabbat, to maintain it as an everlasting covenant throughout all generations. It is a sign between Me and the people Israel for all time, that in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day God ceased from work and rested.
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Mah Tovu 03:40
Mah tovu ohalekha Ya’akov, mishk’notekha Yisrael. Va’ani b’rov hasd’kha avo veitekha, eshtahaveh el heikhal kodsh’kha b’yiratekha. Adonai ahavti m’on beitekha, um’kom mishkan k’vodekha. Va’ani eshtahaveh, v’ekhra’ah evr’khah lifnei Adonai osi. Va’ani t’filati l’kha, Adonai, eit ratzon. Elohim, b’rov hasdekha, aneni b’emet yish’ekha. How lovely are your sanctuaries, people of Jacob, your prayer houses, descendants of Israel. Your great love inspires me to enter Your house, to worship in Your holy sanctuary, filled with awe for You. I love Your house, the place of Your glory. Before my Maker will I bow in worship, bending the knee. I pray that this be an acceptable time for my prayer. O God, Your love is great; answer me with Your true deliverance.
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L’kha Dodi 04:27
L’kha dodi likrat kalah, p’nei shabbat n’kab’lah. Shamor v’zakhor b’dibur ehad, hishmi’anu eil ham’yuhad. Adonai ehad ush’mo ehad, l’shem ul’tiferet v’lit’hilah. Likrat shabbat l’khu v’nelkhah, ki hi m’kor ha-b’rakhah. Merosh mikedem n’sukhah, sof ma’aseh b’mahashavah t’hilah. Yamin usmol tifrotzi, v’et Adonai ta’aritzi. Al yad ish ben partzi, v’nism’hah v’nagilah. Bo’i v’shalom ateret ba·alah, gam b’simhah uv’tzoholah. Tokh emunei am s’gulah, bo’i khalah, bo’i khalah. Come, my beloved, to greet the bride; let us welcome Shabbat. Our incomparable God made us hear in one utterance “observe” and “remember.” The Lord is One and His name is One, reflected in fame, in splendor, and in praise. Come, let us go to greet Shabbat, for she is the source of blessings. ... Come in peace ... come with joy and jubilation. Into the midst of the faithful of the treasured nation, enter, O bride! Enter, O bride!
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Ahavat Olam 05:25
Ahavat olam beit Yisrael amkha ahavta. Torah u-mitzvot, hukim u-mishpatim otanu limad’ta. Al kein Adonai Eloheinu b’shokhveinu uv’kumeinu nasiah b’hukekha, v’nismah b’divrei toratekha uv’mitzvotekha l’olam va-ed. Ki heim hayeinu v’orekh yameinu uva-hem neh’geh yomam va-lailah. With consistency You have loved Your people Israel, teaching us Torah and mitzvot, statutes and laws. Therefore, Lord our God, when we lie down and sleep and when we rise, we shall think of Your laws and speak of them, rejoicing in your Torah and mitzvot always. For they are our life and length of days; we will meditate on them day and night.
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Hashkiveinu 03:41
Hashkiveinu Adonai Eloheinu l’shalom, v’ha’amideinu malkeinu l’hayyim. Ufros aleinu sukkat sh’lomekha. … U-sh’mor tzeteinu u-vo’einu l’hayim u-l’shalom mei’ata v’ad olam. Barukh atah Adonai, ha-poreis sukkat shalom, aleinu v’al kol amo yisrael, v’al y’rushalayim. Cause us to lie down in peace, Adonai our God, and awaken us to life, our King. Shelter us with Your sukkah of peace. … Guard our coming and going for life and for peace, now and always. Blessed are You, Adonai, who spreads your sukkah of peace over us and over all your people Israel and over Jerusalem.
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Shalom Rav 03:03
Shalom rav al Yisrael am’kha tasim l’olam, ki atah hu melekh adon l’khol ha-shalom. V’tov b’einekha l’vareikh et am’kha Yisrael b’khol eit uv’khol sha’ah bish’lomekha. Barukh atah Adonai ha-m’varekh et amo Yisrael ba-shalom. Grant abundant peace over Israel, Your people, forever. For You are the sovereign source of all peace. So may it be good in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel in every season and in every hour with Your peace. Blessed are You, Adonai, who blesses Your people Israel with peace.
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Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, borei p’ri hagafen. Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’ratzah vanu, v’shabbat kodsho, b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinhilanu, zikaron l’ma’aseh v’reshit. Ki hu yom t’hilah l’mikra’ei kodesh, zekher litzi’at mitzrayim. Ki vanu vaharta, v’otanu kidashta mikol ha-amim, v’shabbat kodsh’kha, b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinhaltanu. Barukh atah Adonai, m’kadesh ha-shabbat. Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, whose mitzvot add holiness to our lives, cherishing us through the gift of His holy Shabbat granted lovingly, gladly, a reminder of Creation. It is the first among our days of sacred assembly which recall the Exodus from Egypt. Thus You have chosen us, endowing us with holiness, from among all peoples by granting us Your holy Shabbat lovingly and gladly. Praised are You, Lord, who hallows Shabbat.
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Ya’aleh 02:45
Ya’aleh Ya’aleh yisheinu mei-erev, v’yavo tohoreinu mi-boker, v’yeira’eh hinuneinu ad arev. May our prayers rise up at evening, coming to You with the dawn, transforming us at dusk.
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V’al kulam yitbarakh v’yitromam shimkha malkeinu tamid l’olam va’ed. Avinu malkeinu z’khor rahamekha u-kh’vosh ka’as’kha, v’khaleh dever v’herev v’ra’av u-sh’vi, u-mashhit v’avon, u-sh’mad u-magefah, u-fega ra, v’khol mahalah, v’khol t’kalah v’khol k’tata, v’khol minei fur’aniyot, v’khol g’zeirah ra’ah v’sin’at hinam, mei’aleinu u-mei’al kol b’nei v’ritekha. And for all this, our King, Your name will be praised and exalted forever. Our Father, our King, remember Your mercy, subdue Your anger and put an end to all plague and violence, famine and captivity, destruction and wrongdoing, and disease, and troubles, and all illness, and all accidents, and all quarrels, and all manner of calamities, and all harsh judgments and baseless hatred. Remove them all from us and from all who keep Your covenant.
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Mah Tovu 02:41
Mah tovu ohalekha Ya’akov, mishk’notekha Yisra·el. Va’ani b’rov hasd’kha avo veitekha, eshtahaveh el heikhal kodsh’kha b’yiratekha. Adonai ahavti m’on beitekha, um’kom mishkan k’vodekha. Va’ani eshtahaveh, v’ekhra’ah evr’khah lifnei Adonai osi. Va’ani t’filati l’kha, Adonai, eit ratzon. Elohim, b’rov hasdekha, aneni b’emet yish’ekha. How lovely are your sanctuaries, people of Jacob, your prayer houses, descendants of Israel. Your great love inspires me to enter Your house, to worship in Your holy sanctuary, filled with awe for You. I love Your house, the place of Your glory. Before my Maker will I bow in worship, bending the knee. I pray that this be an acceptable time for my prayer. O God, Your love is great; answer me with Your true deliverance.
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Lo Amut 04:02
Lo amut ki-ehyeh, va-asaper ma’asei Yah. Yasor yis’rani Yah, v’lamavet, lo n’tanani. Pithu li sha’arei tzedek, avo vam odeh Yah. Zeh hasha’ar ladonai, tzadikim yavo·u vo. Od’kha ki anitani va’t’hi li lishu’ah. Even ma’asu habonim hay’tah l’rosh pinah. Mei’eit Adonai hay’tah zot, hi niflat b’eineinu. Zeh hayom asah Adonai, nagilah v’nis-m’hah vo. I shall not die, but live and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord chastened me severely, but He did not doom me to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter them to praise the Lord. This is the gateway of the Lord; through it the righteous shall enter. I praise You for having answered me; You have become my deliverance. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad on it.
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Ein kamokha va-elohim Adonai, v’ein k’ma’asekha. Mal’khut’kha mal’khut kol olamim, u’memshalt’kha b’khol dor vador. Adonai melekh, Adonai malakh, Adonai yimlokh l’olam va-ed. Adonai oz l’amo yitein, Adonai y’vareikh et amo vashalom. Av ha-rahamim, heitivah virtzon’kha et tziyon, tivneh homot y’rushalayim. Ki v’kha l’vad batahnu, melekh el ram v’nisa, adon olamim. None compares to You, O Lord, and nothing compares to Your creation. Your kingship is everlasting; Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is King, the Lord was King, the Lord shall be King throughout all time. May the Lord grant His people strength; may the Lord bless his people with peace. Merciful Father, favor Zion with your goodness; build the walls of Jerusalem. For in You alone do we put our trust, King, exalted God, eternal Lord.
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Rofeh Elyon 02:15
Rofeh elyon, r’faeinu v’neirafeh ki t’hilateinu atah. V’hoshi·einu ki Eil melekh rofeh ne’eman v’rahaman atah. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem. V’nomar: amein. Supreme Healer, heal us and we will be healed. For you are our glory. Save us, because you are God, King and a true and merciful healer. Renew our days as of old. And let us say: amen.
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Hu Eloheinu 03:25
Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai ehad. Hu Eloheinu, hu avinu, hu malkeinu, hu moshi·einu, v’hu yashmi·enu b’rahamav sheinit l’einei kol hai lih’yot lakhem lelohim. Ani Adonai eloheikhem. Uv’divrei kodsh’kha katuv leimor: Yimlokh Adonai l’olam elohayikh tziyon l’dor va-dor, halleluyah. Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. He is our God and our Father; He is our King and our Redeemer. In His mercy He will let us hear a second time in the presence of all that lives His declaration to be ‘Your God’: I am Adonai, Your God. As it is written in Your holy scriptures: The Lord shall reign through all generations; your God, Zion, shall reign forever. Halleluyah.
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Va-anahnu 01:51
Va-anahnu kor’im u-mishtahavim u-modim lifnei melekh malkhei ham’lakhim ha-kadosh barukh hu. We bend the knee and bow, acknowledging the supreme King of kings, the Holy One praised be He.
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V’haya Adonai l’melekh al kol ha-aretz, bayom ha-hu yihyeh Adonai ehad ush’mo ehad. The Lord shall be acknowledged as King of all the earth. On that day the Lord shall be One and His name One.

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You shall eat old grain long stored, and you shall have to clear out the old to make room for the new. (Leviticus 26:10)

We are excited to present Shir Hadash: New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue, published by the Park Avenue Synagogue Music Center. In the last few years I have been privileged to continue our synagogue’s long tradition of commissioning new liturgical music. I have had the honor and the pleasure of collaborating with some of the finest Jewish composers of our time, thinking creatively about our worship experience and the music which stands at its core. With each commission, I have guided the composer through the structure of the service. For each prayer, we have reviewed the Hebrew text, its correct pronunciation, and the meaning of the prayer as well as the nusach, the traditional musical motives in which the prayer has been chanted. At the same time, I invited each composer to develop his or her own interpretation, making the tradition relevant for our time. The selections of liturgical settings on this album are varied in style and rich in spiritual expressions. You could think of our synagogue as a laboratory of Jewish music, where different tunes and ideas are being invented and tested. I thank you all for encouraging this spirit of experimentation and for participating in the creation of new liturgical music! As we continue to shape the music of our congregation, I invite you to join us for services, concerts and music programs and to become part of our singing community. The verse from Leviticus quoted above is about abundance of grain, but it could well apply to the musical riches of Park Avenue Synagogue. We are blessed to enjoy the music of our past at the same time as we embrace new melodies and rhythms to express our prayers. I thank Rabbi Cosgrove, Arthur Penn, Steve Friedman and the leadership of the synagogue for making this recording possible; Gil Smuskowitz, Colin Fowler, Ben Ellerin and my other colleagues at PAS for their tireless work; and especially my wife Noa for her love and support.

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released September 2, 2013

Colin Fowler: Artistic Director & pianist
Ben Ellerin: Cantorial Intern & Choir Conductor
David Enlow: Organist & Tonemeister

Soprano:
Sarah Brailey
Jacquelyn Familant
Susan Lewis Friedman

Alto:
Maria Bedo
Yonah Gershator
Marguerite Krull

Tenor:
Jhas Agosto
Donald Meineke
John Myers

Bass:
Dennis Blackwell
Clinton Curtis
Tim Krol

Child Soloist:
Nathaniel Sassoon

Instrumentalists:
Nicholas Finch, cello
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Ronen Itzik, percussion
Oran Eldor, piano (Track 4)

Production manager: Gil Smuskowitz
Recording engineer: Robert Anderson & Brian Montgomery
Mastering: Randy Merrill
Edit: Brian Montgomery
Graphic Design: Lawrence Conley
Editor: Marga Hirsch
Photography: Karen Cattan/Sugar Studio
Recorded: June 24, 25 and 26, 2013 at Park Avenue Synagogue
English translations adapted from Siddur Sim Shalom (Rabbinical Assembly, 1985).

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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue New York, New York

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally.

Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; on PBS and on Richard Gere’s movie 'Norman'; and for Pope Francis.

He has released nine albums of Jewish liturgical music.
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