Bach goes Sephardic – with super-rare Domingo video

Bach goes Sephardic – with super-rare Domingo video


norman lebrecht

February 27, 2011

The Bochum Symphony Orchestra is presenting a double performance on March 18 of Bach’s St John Passion with the Sephardic Passion by the Israeli composer Noam Sheriff, originally premiered in 1992 with Placido Domingo as lead tenor. 

The concerts are being given as part of an extended theme on relations between German and Jewish musicians, led by conductor Steven Sloane. Here’s the Bochum website, which does not give much away (in German). 

But here, as bonus, is Domingo singing the Shema Yisrael and a Ladino lullaby, durme durme, from Sheriff’s Passion.
Be amazed.


  • Stephanie Brooke says:

    He’s in gorgeus voice there ; presume this was on Spanish tv originally, or was it never shown ?
    NL: It’s from the composer’s archive. I’ve never seen it before.

  • Nancy Ewart says:

    WOW and Mazel Tov and what a mench (sp). Beautiful pieces, beautiful voice, beautiful man.
    Now, if I can only navigate your spam catcher phrase du jour…