Frequent trips to all parts of the world made Belarsky a favorite everywhere. Even in places where he had not yet made a personal appearance, his artistry was well known through radio and recordings with several major companies, including RCA Victor and Artistic Enterprises. One can hear him singing the role of Rocco in the RCA Victor Radio Recording of Toscanini conducting Beethoven's Fidelio.
The company also recorded his Russian opera arias with orchestra. Belarsky made recordings in Argentina, France, and Israel. His unique blend of robustness and delicacy is still with us thanks to over 30 albums of music.
Belarsky's "Songs of Palestine" was one of the earliest recordings of the songs of the chalutzim in Eretz Yisrael
Two very special and important recordings made by Belarsky are "Sidor Belarsky Sings Songs of the Holocaust" and "Sidor Belarsky in Songs of Mordecai Gebirtig." In these recordings, Belarsky harnesses his great vocal talent and interpretive empathy to perpetuate the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Nazi regime. Though Gebirtig, born in Cracow, Poland in 1877, shared their fate, while in the Cracow Ghetto he wrote songs portraying Jewish courage and self-sacrifice.
Today, in Jewish communities throughout the world, Sidor Belarsky's moving renditions of Gebirtig's, and other, Holocaust songs, preserve the voices of the doomed Jews of Eastern Europe.
Sidor Belarsky, in his many years of touring and recording, made Jewish folk songs, art songs and ballads popular in Jewish communities everywhere.
Radio stations continue to play Belarsky favorites, and lovers of opera, Yiddish, folksongs, songs of the Jewish holidays and cantorial music continue to seek out Sidor Belarsky's music in cassette and CD formats.
CDs and cassettes can be purchased directly at:
- The Jewish Book Center, 45 East 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10016; Tel #212-889-6800, Ext 285 or toll free 1-800-922-2558.
- The Jewish Museum, 92nd Street & 5th Avenue, NYC, #212-423-3200
- The Jewish Heritage Museum at 36 Battery Park Plaza, NYC, #646-437-4200
- Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, at 15 West 16th Street, NYC
- Hatikvah Music in Los Angeles, tel. 323-655-7083, e-mail: [email protected]
- Towers Record Store, 66th Street and Broadway, NYC
- Towers Record store, 4th Street and Broadway, NYC, 212-533-8010
- Center for Jewish History Bookstore, 15 W. 16th Street, NYC, #212-294-8307
- "Sidor Belarsky Songbook, 77 Songs With Piano Accompaniment" published by Yiddish Books, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY, 11367
- "Sidor Belarsky: My Favorite Songs" Keyboards & Piano/Vocal/Guitar w/English and Yiddish translations published by Tara Publications
- "Shalom Israel", a video made by Ergo Media Inc, P.O. Box 2037, Teaneck N.J., 07666, #201-692-0404, www.jewishvideo.com
Click links below to play samples of Belarsky's Music:
Ven Ikh Volt Geven A Shnayder composed special by Belarsky for his daughter, Isabel from CD "Sidor Belarsky Sings 20 Yiddish Songs"
Reizele from CD "Twenty Four Yiddish Songs"
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav from Tape "Sidor Belarsky Sings Salute To Israel"
Dos Freileche Shnaiderl from CD "Sidor Belarsky Sings 20 Yiddish Songs"
Video tributes To Sidor Belarsky
"I would be very pleased to have my videos on Sidor's website. My father, Rhodes Jeppesen, was one of Sidor's first students at BYU when he first came to the US. My father had a great deal of respect for Sidor as a musician and a friend"--Karen Jeppesen Crow AKA Moriah Tehaya. Website: http://www.livevideo.com/stars4light.
The Mayor's Bridge in Frozen Fog
Tribute to Sidor Belarsky: Chasing the Sunset
Tribute to Sidor Belarsky: Tony Grove