Playing Poetry
Ania Bukstein sings White Days

Music: Shlomo Yidov
Lyrics: Leah Goldberg
Conductor: Guy Feder

The long summer days led author Leah Goldberg to write one of her loveliest poems, White Days. For the end of summer and the beginning of the New Year, we would like to share a new version of this popular song, with Ania Bukstein and the orchestra.

Eighty-nine years ago, in June 1932, the poem White Days was published. The author was a doctoral candidate in literature at Bonn University named Leah Goldberg. Over forty years later, in 1975, the poem was set to music by Shlomo Ydov, and has since been performed in many versions and arrangements. In 2017, the 100 New Israeli Shekel bill was decorated with Goldberg’s portrait and the opening words of the poem. In 2018, the original manuscript of the poem was discovered and displayed at the National Library in Jerusalem.

The loneliness expressed in the poem is subject to interpretation. Does the speaker reconcile herself with it, or does she experience disappointment and emptiness? Is the loneliness a serene and calm safe haven, or perhaps harsh and painful?

Leah Goldberg, one of the most prominent and singular voices in Hebrew poetry, wrote plays, prose and children’s books that became staples (“A Room for Rent”, “The Scatterbrained Man from Kfar Azar”, “My Friend from Arnon Street” and others), and translated the great literary masterpieces, including those by Shakespeare, Molière, Tolstoy and Ibsen.

For twenty years, Goldberg taught literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1970, she was named the Israel Prize recipient in Literature. Leah Goldberg died of cancer shortly afterwards, and her mother received the prize on her behalf.

In the 46 years since White Days was set to music by Shlomo Ydov, it has been arranged for both vocal and instrumental ensembles, and has been performed by many well-known Israeli singers, including the composer himself.

Symphonic concerts

Chamber concerts


Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, op. 81
The Online Chamber Music Series


Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44
Martha Argerich, pianist


Brahms: Trio in A minor for piano, clarinet and cello, op. 114
The Online Chamber Music Series


Beethoven: String Trio in E-flat major, op. 3
The Online Chamber Music Series


Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano, Op.24
Pianist: Yefim Bronfman; Violinist: Pinchas Zukerman


Beethoven: Concerto for violin, cello and piano
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Master classes


Master class with Olga Scheps
Ben Holzman, Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit


Master class with Thomas Quasthoff
Daniel Portnoy, Mozart & Schumann


Master class with Guy Eshed
Online Master class – Roni Stav & Shaked


Master class with Nir Comforty
Online Master class – Antonino Tertuliano & Aleksander


Master class with Christian Tetzlaff
Anastasia Dziadevich, Mozart: Violin Concerto “The Turkish”


Master class with Renaud Capuçon
Galina Korinets, Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

Playing Poetry


Daniela Spector – Daily Love
by Tirza Atar


Achinoam (Noa) Nini – Shir Mishmar
Guard your soul” by Nathan Alterman”


Danny Robas – “My White-Necked Beloved”
by Yaakov Shabtai


Alan Eder – Every day I walk to your abode
by Yaakov Fichman


Ran Danker – Never Ending Encounter
by Nathan Alterman

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