Yesterday 51 years ago, Dutch-Jewish composer-conductor Benedict Silberman passed away. A prophet is not honored in his own country, and expectedly he has no Dutch Wikipedia page, only an English one.
The score of his little-known 1925 violin concerto has just been found and performed again in Hilversum, the Netherlands. About the discovery:
In 1965, Shlomo Carlebach released the album In the Palace of the King. Silberman arranged the music and conducted the chorus and symphony orchestra in a truly magnificent and unparalleled way, as Reb Shlomo also writes on the LP cover. The album is still available on CD. Some Clips:
Reb Shlomo Carlebach Shema’ Koleinu (Hear My Prayer):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – ‘Even Mo’asu Habonim (Hallel):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Ono Hachem (Please, G^d):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Weyismechu Becho (May we be happy with You):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Haschem Melech (G^d is King):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Horachamon Hu Yokim Lanu (He, the merciful One, will re-pitch the Temple for us):
Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Choneinu Hashem (Have mercy, G^d):
He has also performed other Jewish work:
Benedict Silberman – The Rabbi Wants Us to Be Merry:
Benedict Silberman – A Flame is Burning in the Old Fireplace:
Benedict Silberman – Inconsolable:
Benedict Silberman – A Letter to Mother:
The Orchestra & Chorus of Benedict Silberman – “Rosalie”:
Benedict Silberman, arranged by Erkki Friman:
You Have Chosen Us:
He was also not averse to other liturgical music: Nuns Choir from Casanova
But he also performed other types of works, such as by Dutch composers:
Alphons Diepenbrock – Evening singing
May his memory be a blessing.
Shabbat Shalom, already Happy Hanukkah!