Behind the Voices

The podcast series of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble.

All podcast are in Hebrew

9th podcast
Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri

Yuval Benozer in a podcast on Dietrich Buxtehude’s most famous and well-known piece, Membra Jesu Nostri  which will open our 2021-22 subscription series. Despite being a well-known and famous organist and composer in Germany in the mid-Baroque period, Buxtehude’s name is less known to the general public today. Benozer tells about the composer and the piece of which excerpts he also plays, and is written as a 7-movement cantata for texts from the Song of Songs, the Book of Isaiah and Zechariah and Psalms, in which each movement is dedicated to a different organ in the body of Jesus.

Yuval Benozer in a podcast on Dietrich Buxtehude’s most famous and well-known piece, Membra Jesu Nostri  which will open our 2021-22 subscription series. Despite being a well-known and famous organist and composer in Germany in the mid-Baroque period, Buxtehude’s name is less known to the general public today. Benozer tells about the composer and the piece of which excerpts he also plays, and is written as a 7-movement cantata for texts from the Song of Songs, the Book of Isaiah and Zechariah and Psalms, in which each movement is dedicated to a different organ in the body of Jesus.

8th podcast
2021-22 Season at a Glance

Yuval Benozer, Music Director of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble, in a short podcast about the upcoming Vocal Experience season programs. He talks about the selecting process, gets excited and enthusiastic about it, and plays some music from the upcoming season.

Yuval Benozer, Music Director of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble, in a short podcast about the upcoming Vocal Experience season programs. He talks about the selecting process, gets excited and enthusiastic about it, and plays some music from the upcoming season.

7th podcast
German in Italy

.Guests: countertenor Alon Harari and music director Amit Tiefenbrunn

Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about a wonderful Italian work written by a German before becoming English; about another work that “escaped” the Vatican thanks to Mozart, who restored it from memory, and about the connection between Bobby Mcferrin and Psalms – all this and more great music in a special podcast broadcast in preparation for our subscription concert Dixit Dominos. 

.Guests: countertenor Alon Harari and music director Amit Tiefenbrunn

Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about a wonderful Italian work written by a German before becoming English; about another work that “escaped” the Vatican thanks to Mozart, who restored it from memory, and about the connection between Bobby Mcferrin and Psalms – all this and more great music in a special podcast broadcast in preparation for our subscription concert Dixit Dominos. 

6th podcast
Non-serious choir - a special Purim podcast

Guest: composer Moshe Zorman

Conductor Yuval Benozer plays music with a wink and brings fun pieces that will make you smile. Juicy madrigals, silly canons, the King’s Singers Deconstructing Bach , music for pre-concert announcements and a special guest: composer Moshe Zorman presenting his work “Atrial fibrillation – the song of the hypochondriac”. For spontaneous listeners with a sense of humor.

Guest: composer Moshe Zorman

Conductor Yuval Benozer plays music with a wink and brings fun pieces that will make you smile. Juicy madrigals, silly canons, the King’s Singers Deconstructing Bach , music for pre-concert announcements and a special guest: composer Moshe Zorman presenting his work “Atrial fibrillation – the song of the hypochondriac”. For spontaneous listeners with a sense of humor.

5th podcast
G.F. Handel: The Oratorio Judas Maccabaeus

This program is dedicated to the famous oratorio by G.F. Handel: Judas Maccabaeus. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about the masterpiece, the German composer who became England’s greatest, the birth of the English Oratorio, and the English victory which inspired him. Benozer walks the listener through significant places in the work and plays music from the Israeli Vocal Ensemble’s concert in 2019 with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Israeli soloists: Daniela Skorka, soprano; Alon Harari, alt; Ron Silberstein, tenor; Oded Reich, bass. A Hanukkah celebration of delightful music and the fascinating stories behind it.

This program is dedicated to the famous oratorio by G.F. Handel: Judas Maccabaeus. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about the masterpiece, the German composer who became England’s greatest, the birth of the English Oratorio, and the English victory which inspired him. Benozer walks the listener through significant places in the work and plays music from the Israeli Vocal Ensemble’s concert in 2019 with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Israeli soloists: Daniela Skorka, soprano; Alon Harari, alt; Ron Silberstein, tenor; Oded Reich, bass. A Hanukkah celebration of delightful music and the fascinating stories behind it.

4th podcast
The Ingathering of the Exiles: The incredible journey of Piyyutim to choir

Editors: Zvi Sherf, Avivit Hochstadter

This episode is dedicated to folk melodies that were turned into symphonic works, as well as to Piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poems, usually designated to be sung during religious services) which were arranged to wonderful choral works. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about the Israeli Vocal Ensemble’s special project on liturgical poetry, hosting arranger Zvi Sherf and singer Avivit Hochstadter.

 

Editors: Zvi Sherf, Avivit Hochstadter

This episode is dedicated to folk melodies that were turned into symphonic works, as well as to Piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poems, usually designated to be sung during religious services) which were arranged to wonderful choral works. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about the Israeli Vocal Ensemble’s special project on liturgical poetry, hosting arranger Zvi Sherf and singer Avivit Hochstadter.

 

3rd podcast
On Duke Ellington

This episode is dedicated to the ‘Sacred Concert’ – the religious work by 20th century jazz legend Duke Ellington. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about Ellington, and discusses why he wrote his first ever religious work at the age of 65. Benozer also plays some sections from the ‘Sacred Concert’ in light of their Israeli premiere,  performed by the Israeli Vocal Ensemble in June 2021.

This episode is dedicated to the ‘Sacred Concert’ – the religious work by 20th century jazz legend Duke Ellington. Conductor Yuval Benozer talks about Ellington, and discusses why he wrote his first ever religious work at the age of 65. Benozer also plays some sections from the ‘Sacred Concert’ in light of their Israeli premiere,  performed by the Israeli Vocal Ensemble in June 2021.

2nd podcast
On Liberty Bells

Editors: Yoel Sivan and Idit Magal

This episode is dedicated to the composer Francis Poulenc and his work ‘Figure humaine’. Conductor Yuval Benozer explains why this 1942 composition is considered one of the most important works of the 20th century. He talks about the context in which it was written, as well as the creative process leading up to the Isaeli Vocal Ensemble’s premiere of the piece in Israel. This episode includes several interpretations of the piece and discussions with singers.

Editors: Yoel Sivan and Idit Magal

This episode is dedicated to the composer Francis Poulenc and his work ‘Figure humaine’. Conductor Yuval Benozer explains why this 1942 composition is considered one of the most important works of the 20th century. He talks about the context in which it was written, as well as the creative process leading up to the Isaeli Vocal Ensemble’s premiere of the piece in Israel. This episode includes several interpretations of the piece and discussions with singers.

1st podcast
On The Well-Tempered Clavier

Guest: Pianist Ofra Itzhaki

In this episode, conductor Yuval Benozer talks about Bach’s music and tries to understand what makes the Well-Tempered Clavier’s collection of preludes and fugues a pinnacle of western music. He also discusses why on earth it should be sung in vocal harmony. This episode combines recordings from the first concert in Haifa, which took place just before the covid-19 lockdown (7-3-21), with a conversation with pianist Ofra Yitzhaki who was brought in to play with the ensemble two days before the concert.

Guest: Pianist Ofra Itzhaki

In this episode, conductor Yuval Benozer talks about Bach’s music and tries to understand what makes the Well-Tempered Clavier’s collection of preludes and fugues a pinnacle of western music. He also discusses why on earth it should be sung in vocal harmony. This episode combines recordings from the first concert in Haifa, which took place just before the covid-19 lockdown (7-3-21), with a conversation with pianist Ofra Yitzhaki who was brought in to play with the ensemble two days before the concert.

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