They Shall Beat Their Swords ('Bishnat Mot Hamelekh Uziahu')

from by Oded Zehavi

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The composition, recording and premiere of 'They Shall Beat Their Swords' was co-sponsored by The University of Virginia Office of International Programs, the Arts and Sciences Special Lectures Fund, the Department of Religious Studies and its graduate program in 'Scripture, Interpetation, and Practice."
November, 2010


(from Program Notes by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia, USA, November 15, 2010)

The fourth movement is inspired by traditional Hebrew chanting of these verses from Isaiah 6 (New International Version):

1. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3. And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
4. At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.


from Songs of Experience, bc 1, track released August 1, 2011
Michal Okon; mezzo soprano
Shira Ben-Yoshua; oboe
Adiel Schmidt; cello
Karen Phenpimon; vibraphone, gongs
Yaron Rosenthal; piano

Recorded at Eshel Sound Studios, Tel Aviv Israel. Recording engineer: Rafi Eshel



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Oded Zehavi Israel

Oded Zehavi, composer, is active in a wide variety of musical styles
(pop/rock arrangements, soundtracks, electronic, chamber and orchestral music)
and is renowned for his vocal scores and textual affinity for classics of Hebrew literature.
His music has been premiered by a number of prominent musicians including
Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowsky, Antonio Pappano and David Robertson.
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