The Song of Songs

Alexander Goldscheider
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1 The Song of Songs - Song No. 1 9:00 100
2 The Song of Songs - Song No. 2 10:44 13
3 The Song of Songs - Song No. 3 7:36 240
4 The Song of Songs - Song No. 4 11:04 210
5 The Song of Songs - Song No. 5 10:36 134
6 The Song of Songs - Song No. 6 10:07 93
7 The Song of Songs - Song No. 7 5:46 168
8 The Song of Songs - Song No. 8 9:06 86

About this album

The Song of Songs, also known as The Song of Solomon, the Hebrew King to whom it is attributed, is a unique series of 8 love poems. The text has always been a standard part of the Bible, but it still has its overall meaning as much as its nearly every word questioned throughout its two millennia of existence.
It is a passionate dialogue of lovers, very sensuous, erotic - quite surprising for a sacred text, where God’s name is never mentioned! And yet, although being very descriptive, nearly everything is taken as symbols , and the mutual adoration of Solomon and a peasant girl Shulamith is also seen as an allegory of love between ancient Gods, between God/Moses and the Children of Israel, or Christ and the Church. Either way, it is always love that prevails, in unsurpassed poetry which has been a source of inspiration to myriads of lovers and countless artists throughout the ages.

There are many settings of individual poems in music, but the full text has not been set to music since Palestrina in 1584. I used the Latin translation, sung in warmer Italian Latin. I wrote the music for the wonderful mezzo and tenor Jaroslava Maxová and Jaroslav Březina, and the angelic soprano Šárka Frančová, “a girl from Jerusalem” commenting on the lovers.

Alexander Goldscheider

Jaroslava Maxová was born in Moravská Třebová, Moravia and studied singing at the Bratislava Academy in Slovakia. She made her Slovak National Opera début already during her studies and became a soloist there in 1986. She sang principal roles throughout the next eight years and since 1994 continued to do so at the Prague National Opera Theatre.

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