Shir Hadash, New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue, 2013

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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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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Track Name: Ein Keloheinu
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.
Track Name: V’shamru
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.
Track Name: Mah Tovu
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.
Track Name: L’kha Dodi
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!
Track Name: Ahavat Olam
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.
Track Name: Hashkiveinu
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.
Track Name: Shalom Rav
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.
Track Name: Kiddush for Friday Evening
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.
Track Name: Ya’aleh
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.
Track Name: Avinu Malkeinu Z’khor
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.
Track Name: Mah Tovu
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.
Track Name: Lo Amut
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.
Track Name: Torah Service
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.
Track Name: Rofeh Elyon
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.
Track Name: Hu Eloheinu
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.
Track Name: Va-anahnu
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.
Track Name: V’haya Adonai
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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