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You might ask yourself, what does the funky blues of Peter Himmelman's "Lighting Up the World" have in common with the spirited klezmer of Don Byron's "Oi Tata"? Somehow, after listening to Festival of Light, you'll see the connection. Throughout this compilation--one of the most eclectic collections of Hanukkah music available--you find diverse, yet soulful music that somehow captures the spirit of the holiday and its people today. The Covenant meld the future sounds of electronica and trance with the gorgeous vintage vocals of Cantor Ben Zion Kapov-Kagen on "Kiddush Le-Shabbat" to great affect; the Masada String Quartet performs John Zorn's playful "Bikkurim" in one of the disc's most sublime moments; and Jane Siberry's take on "Shir Amami" puts a modern spin on the traditional tune. Whether you favor the lush sounds of worldbeat or the sincere messages of world-class singer-songwriters, there's something for you here. --Jason Verlinde

1. Rock Of Ages - Ma'oz Tzur - Marc Cohn
2. 1902 - The Mels
3. The Emigrant - Flairck
4. Oi Tata - Don Byron
5. Kiddush Le-Shabbat - The Covenant
6. Avinu - Rebbe Soul
7. Erev Shel Shoshanim - John McCutcheon
8. Dybbuk Shers - The Klezmatics
9. Bikkurim - Masada String Trio
10. I See You - Alitsut
11. Shir Amami - Jan Siberry
12. Lighting Up The World - Peter Himmelman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00004XSIL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Slivinski on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD captures the mood of the Chanukah holiday in all its variations. Though no one will probably like all the cuts on this varied collection, there is enough appeal to make it a winner, nonetheless. Starting off with great strength, Marc Cohn's--mostly English--version of "Ma'oz Tzur" is touchingly beautiful. This may be the closest song we Jews have as a holiday "carol." The rocking "Lighting Up the World" by Peter Himmelman and David Broza closes the CD on an upbeat, clap along note while, at the same time, capturing what should be the message of Chanukah. "Kiddush L'Shabbat," credited to The Covenant, is a real treat. Using the voice of a traditional Cantor, the vocals of the Kiddush are set against electronic techno beats--but, somehow, it works beautifully and effectively. I am not sure why "Avinu Malkeinu" is on a Chanukah CD (It is from the High Holyday Liturgy), but Rebbe Soul's version is moving nonetheless. Other cuts have a dreamy, folky touch, while still others are more traditionally klezmer in arrangement and sound. If you work in an office where co-workers are bringing in their Christmas CD's, throw this one into the mix for a little diversity. It will be interesting to gauge the reaction. Pick up this CD to help enhance your Chanukah celebrations and menorah lighting!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Indigo the Ent Wife on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD has some really inspirational Hannukah music from introspective cello with strings reminiscent of immigrants (1902 and the Emigrant) to up-beat bluesy pieces (Light up the World). There is Klezmer for the die-hard (Oi Tata) and one of the most beautiful, melodic songs (can you tell it is a favorite) called "Avinu" by Rebbe Soul. My family collects winter holiday music of all types, being equal-opportunity celebrationists. Winter is a time for rejoicing in most traditions, and this is agreat CD for feeling good in the long, dark night. This CD makes my top ten list of holiday music, no matter your religious preference. Also check out the complete recording by Rebbe Soul called "Fringe of Blue" which had the original version of Avinu.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on November 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
What is great about the Festival of Light cd is that it has something for everyone. From the first track, Marc Cohen's soulful rendition of "Rock of Ages" to the last, Peter Himmelman's funky "Lighting Up the World", you will be drawn into the different styles, listening to the songs. Many of these pieces are not as well known, and there are more instrumental pieces than vocal ones.

This CD is a refreshing change from the same old standards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on September 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Even when dealing with an "anthology recording, I usually have a pretty good idea about the contributing artists (who they are, what they're up to, how they tie into the overall project). I'm kind of compulsive that way, and these days it's not all that hard to give in to such a compulsion. After all, you can bone up quite readily on almost any recording artist, however obscure, by visiting any number of music sites, or just checking out the biographical info here at Amazon.

But this record was a little different. I brought it along on a recent road trip (and, yes, I acknowledge that it might be a little perverse to be listening to what's officially a "Hanukkah collection" in the middle of the summer, but what can I say? I felt like it. I picked up the CD on sale a while ago and, in a purge mode, I decided I'd probably donate to the local public library. BUT FIRST, I'd take it along with me on a trip out of state and see what made this Hanukkah record different from all other Hanukkah records.

It can be enlightening to just pop something into the CD player cold. Well, I mean, I wasn't totally ignorant of all the artists included here. I knew Marc Cohn's big hit "Walking In Memphis" and had heard some other things by him. And I've become a great admirer of Jane Siberry's over the years (although I can never quite remember the new moniker she concocted for herself a few years ago). And I've heard--and delighted in--the music of the Klezmatics on several occasions.

But for the most part, the artists behind the tracks here were unfamiliar to me. What struck me most, almost immediately, was the FLOW this album had. You almost didn't even want to try this CD on random select, it hung together so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas S. Benson on December 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This CD and its companion (vol II) are staples at my house for Hanukkah parties and the season in general. Really well-recorded, terrific songs. Lots of beauty and playfulness. The first volume is superior to the second, but they're both well worth getting. If there was a volume 3, I'd buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C. on June 3, 2014
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Unfortunately, none of these sons are memorable. I played it once, during Chanukah, and that was it. I was looking
for uplifting music, joyful, and unforgettable. It wasn't here for me. If possible I would have given it no stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on December 12, 2012
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I searched high and low for a great Hannukah album and this is it! The first song, Rock of Ages, is amazing. The second volume is also wonderful. Highly recommended!!!!!!!
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