78 rpm Recordings of European Jewish Music

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Reissues of Early European Jewish Music

This list is intended as an informal discography of all European recordings of Jewish music originally issued on cylinders and 78 rpm records and reissued on CD. The information given here is that provided on the information sheets/booklets that accompany the CDs. In many instances this information is incorrect, sometimes wildly incorrect. Apart from a few exceptions, I have not at this stage attempted to correct such information.

More often than not the CD reissues that have appeared during the last 20 years or so do not attempt to provide even inaccurate information. Most reissues are typified by a lack of information, as inexplicable as it is inexcusable. It beggars belief why someone can take the time and incur the expense involved in producing a CD, but choose to omit most of the information needed fully to appreciate the contents.

I am well aware that this is by no means a comprehensive list of all that has been reissued on CD. I think that it is fairly inclusive as far as reissues of instrumental music and Yiddish songs are concerned, but I know for sure that many cantorial reissues are missing. The list will, I hope, be periodically updated in order to remedy this defect.

Some of these CDs contain recordings that were initially issued on LPs rather than 78s and some contain recordings that I would not normally categorise as Jewish. I have not bothered to exclude them, preferring instead to present the full contents of the CD.

Reissues, Sorted By Artist

Notes on the Layout

  • Dates are presented in accordance with European style, i.e. day/month/year
  • Artist names first appear in the form surname followed by first name. On the line below the name is presented in its proper sequence (in order, mainly, to help those engaged in Internet searches). Variants of the artist's name are separated by a forward slash e.g. Pinkas Lavender / Pinkas Lawender / Pincas Lavender
  • Text in italics indicate my own interpolations/comments
  • Where a recording was reissued by several 78 rpm companies, normally only one of the issues is stated here (which is just one of the reasons why this is an informal discography)

The entire list is over 225 pages long. You may either view it in its entirety as HTML or download it in Microsoft Word format. You may also elect to view or download a partial list as indicated below.

Contents - HTML Contents - MS Word Artist, From Artist, To (inclusive)
Entire list (long!) Entire list (long!) A Z
Partial 1 Partial 1 Ahl, Leon Bowshower,  Dora
Partial 2 Partial 2 Brandwein, Naftule Chor
Partial 3 Partial 3 Cohen, Myra Godoscev und Celakowsky
Partial 4 Partial 4 Goland, Joseph Jewish Vocal Ensemble of the Belarusian SSR
Partial 5 Partial 5 Jolson, Al Kwartin, Zevulun
Partial 6 Partial 6 Lavender, Pinkas Musiker, Sam
Partial 7 Partial 7 Neumann, Oberkantor Karl Pulver, L.
Partial 8 Partial 8 Pundik, J. Schreiner, Estella
Partial 9 Partial 9 Schulman, Zinovy State Ensemble Of Jewish Folk Musicians
Partial 10

Partial 10

Stein, Leo Zwiebel, Mme

Reissues, Sorted By Title

Notes on the Layout

Dates are presented in accordance with European style, i.e. day/month/year

  • Artist names first appear in the form surname of main artist followed by first name. On the line below, the name is presented in its proper sequence (in order, mainly, to help those engaged in Internet searches and those using the CTRL+F function). Here and there I have also entered the names of all the other artists involved.
  • Text in italics indicates my own interpolations/comments;
  • Where a recording was reissued by several 78 rpm era companies, normally only one of the issues is stated here (which is just one of the reasons why this is an informal discography)

When conducting a search, the following needs to be borne in mind :

Artist names and record titles often appear in several different versions depending on the system used to transliterate them from the original Yiddish or Hebrew into English characters. For example, the title Di Hasidim Furn Tsum Rebin also appears some rows later on as Die chasidim forren tsum rebbin. In some cases I have grouped the same title together despite the difference in spelling.

Here and there I have stated the most common variants of the artist's name in addition to the one used on the disc. In such cases the variants are separated by a forward slash e.g. Pinkas Lavender / Pinkas Lawender / Pincas Lavender.

The entire list is over 270 pages long. You may either view it in its entirety as HTML or download it in Microsoft Word format. You may also elect to view or download a partial list as indicated below.

Contents - HTML Contents - MS Word Song, From Song, To (inclusive)
Entire list Entire list A Z
Partial 1 Partial 1 4 wochen un 4 yur noch der chassene Autumn Winds Waltz
Partial 2 Partial 2 Av Horachamiem Der Portier
Partial 3 Partial 3 Der Rebbe Elimech Evr. Kolybelnaia
Partial 4 Partial 4 Far Far Away in My Village Horra Kumah Achah
Partial 5 Partial 5 Hot Azoi Kodausch, Kodausch
Partial 6 Partial 6 Kodosh atoh Misirlou
Partial 7 Partial 7 Misratze B'rachamim Purim Scene
Partial 8 Partial 8 R'eh No V'onyenu Shmah B'ny
Partial 9 Partial 9 Shofar Shel Masiach Velo Nesato
Partial 10

Partial 10

Veseorev lephonecho Zwei jiddische Volkslieder

Posted 22 December 2008.

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