"Music, the chasidic master Reb Nachman of Bratslav believed, brought Jews closer to God. Now comes 'Bratslav-Beethoven-Bratslav,' a free one-hour recital in which Reb Nachman's folktales are set to music by the great German Romantic composer.
The unusual pairing will be performed next weekend at the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring a pianist along with a baritone (Raphael Frieder, cantor of Temple Israel in Great Neck) and soprano (Israeli opera singer Lianne Aharony) who, respectively, replace the cello and violin of Beethoven's concertos. Boaz Tarsi, who teaches music at JTS, transposed the music for voice."
Continue reading "Roll over Reb Nachman" in the Jewish Week.