In libshaft un in gerangl (In Love and in Struggle)
The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund
Inspired by the
January 1998 concert celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the Bund held in Cooper Union’s Great Hall, this CD features performances by The New
Yiddish Chorale, the Workmen’s Circle Chorus, soloists Adrienne Cooper and Dan
Rous, and conductor and accompanist
Zalmen Mlotek. Songs range from Yiddish poems to an English language “Ballad of
the Triangle Fire.”
This CD also includes a poignant
rendition of “Rampage, Rampage, Raging Winds!”,
“Bread and Roses,” the “Youth Anthem” from the Vilna Ghetto, and
“Vilne”, the paean to the Bund’s home city of
Producer Donna Gallers dedicated the recording to her grandparents, Brucha and Dr. Emanuel Platt, activists in the Youth Movement of the Bund in Poland. For conductor Zalmen Mlotek the songs hold an extra personal meaning: they were sung in his home when he was growing up and at Camp Hemshekh, the Bund-sponsored summer camp that he attended.
Featuring Zalmen Mlotek, Adrienne Cooper, Dan Rous with The New Yiddish Chorale & The Workmen's Circle Chorus
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CD ($18) | Cassette ($12)
Produced by Donna Gallers. Sold with an illustrated booklet of song notes and lyrics in Yiddish and English.
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Text: David Edelshtat (1866-1892)
Sung by Adrienne Cooper
Edelshtadt's Arbeter-froyen addresses women in its protest of the hardships of factory work. The song sounds a call to oppressed women workers to join the labor movement in its fight for justice and equality. Published in the New York newspaper Freie Arbeiter Stimme (Free Voice of Labor) in 1891, it was also sung by striking workers in Russia and Poland.
Text: Szmerke Kaczerginski (1908-1954)
Music: Basya Rubin (n.d.)
Sung by Avrom Mlotek with Children's Chorus, The New Yiddish Chorale, and the Workmen's Circle Chorus
Vilna poet and partisan Szmerke Kaczerginski wrote this stirring march song for the youth movement in the Vilna ghetto. Many of the young people who took part in the ghetto's active resistance movement later also became combatants in the partisan units that fought the Nazis in the forests.