Voices from Russia

Friday, 24 July 2015

Theodore Bikel: Songs of a Russian Gypsy

00 theodore bikel. songs of a russian gypsy. 1958

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It seems that all Russian-Americans of “a certain age” know and love Theodore Bikel’s versions of Russian folk music… so, I did my best to round up a complete collection…

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

23 July 2015. Theodore Bikel, One of My Fave Performers, Died Yesterday

00 Theodore Bikel memorial. 230715

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The word that best described Theodore Bikel was shtarker. That Yiddish word connotes someone who takes no shit from anyone, but who doesn’t hand it out. Theodore Bikel, to me, IS Tevye in the Fiddler on the Roof. He also created the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and played the Soviet submarine captain in The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. I also love his singing of Jewish folk songs. 91 years is a good run of innings, he lived this life to the brim. You can light a candle for him this Sunday… there’s no restrictions on that sort of thing.

I say to his family and friends, Ha-Makom hu yinachem (May the Merciful One comfort you).

Theodore, Alav Ha-sholom

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