Friday, August 8, 2008

Rowna Sutin sings Esa Enai

Hi folks. Shabbat shalom. I'm not sure why but it's been a long week and I'm particularly looking forward to Shabbat.

To help get in the mood, here's Cantor Rowna Sutin singing composer Ben Steinberg's lovely Esa Enai. Rowna is a cantor and professional singer in the Pittsburgh PA area and has stockpiled a lovely collection of her performances on YouTube. She also thoughtfully provided the lyrics to what she was singing. If you're in the Pittsburgh area, you should know that she's available to sing at special events. Her contact info is on her YouTube page.
"sa enai el heharim, me'ayin yavoh ezri?"

"I will lift up my eyes to the mountains: what is the source of my help? My help will come from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot to slip; your guardian will not slumber. Behold, the keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

The Eternal is your Keeper, the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you from all evil, He will protect your being. The Lord will guard you, coming and going, from this time forth for ever."
Ben Steinberg is a Canadian composer with a large body of Jewish works. The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada has a nice Steinberg biography, and the Jewish Music Webcenter has a list of his work and information on his publishers

Esa Enai, Ben Steinberg


puterpro said...

Beautiful piece. Where and how recorded? Is there a professional recording of this piece?

Jack said...

Hi Puterpro, Rowna Sutin is a cantorial soloist in Pittsburgh. I don't know if she's recorded this piece more professionally, but you can ask her. Her YouTube page has contact info...CantorAndOpera