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  2. Brich ShmeiBerele Chagy 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Halbein ChatoenuGershon Sirota 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. VeshmoruGershon Sirota 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Umipneh ChatoenuJoseph Rosenblatt 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Yaaleh V'YovehJoseph Rosenblatt 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Alto Y'TzartoMordechai Hershman 9:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Av HorachmimPierre Pinchik 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004XPKK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The earliest recording on this CD is from 1907, with Gershon Sirota (1874-1943) singing "Veshomru" with a power that age cannot diminish; the quality of the sound, as with the other tracks on this CD, is amazingly clear, with digital recordings from the original 78 rpm discs. The two most recent recordings are from 1947, with Leibele Waldeman ("Shuvi Nafshi") and Richard Tucker ("Sholom Secunda" - "Yiru Eneinu"). Tucker of course was also a big star at the Metropolitan Opera, and was one of the most famous tenors of his generation, but never abandoned Chazanut, and made many recordings of cantorial works.

Some highlights for me are the great Joseph Rosenblatt (1882-1933) exquisitely singing "Yaaleh V'Yoveh", recorded in 1925 with orchestra, Manfred Lewandowsky (1895-1970) with "Haneovim" from 1928, and Shalom Katz (b. 1910) with "Sasa Grossman" - "El Moleh Rachamim" who does some incredible pianissimos, as do many of the other cantors on this disc.

There is however, not a single track that does not have immense beauty, as these fabulous voices rise up like a plaintive call to God from the soul.

The booklet insert is excellent, with detailed liner notes on the history of cantorial singing, a synopses of the prayers sung, and biographies of the cantors, some of them including a small photograph. As mentioned previously, the sound is remarkable for its age, and total playing time is 72'28.

This is a fabulous CD for anyone who loves to listen to the masters of Chazanut, or would like to explore the musical heritage of the Jewish faith.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Christopher Coleman on November 18, 2007
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I am not Jewish, nor do I come from that heritage, nor am I even religious. But this CD has some of the most remarkable, moving singing I have ever heard. I'm surprised that the other reviewers haven't mentioned my favorite, but to each his own. Berele Chagy, singing Mi Sheoso Nisim, is quite simply remarkable for the beauty of his voice, in particular his heavenly falsetto, and his virtuostic melismatic singing. Even if you don't buy the disc--and why not--at least download that one track!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Patterson on October 30, 2011
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I can only echo what everyone else has said about this CD. I once attended a recital by
leading cantors at the main synagogue in Budapest and from the very first note I felt
like a shaft had been opened up before me reaching down to the earth's core. But I wasn't
afraid because a spirit was rising up so powerful that I knew I would never fall. I'm not
Jewish and I'm not much of a Christian, but this music goes very deep.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on May 17, 2007
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I remember listening to Yossele Rosenblat on old scratchy 78's in the house of my Bubbe and Zayde Freedman too many years ago.

Thus the quality of the sound on this C.D. is striking. To hear the truly beautiful voice of Sirota, or the stately power of Rosenblatt, or the operatic brilliance of Richard Tucker is a pure pleasure.

This is a classic collection of some of the best in Chazzanut.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melvin R. Katskee on December 4, 2007
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Each featured Cantor was a master. There is here Jewish prayer as it was meant to be rendered in the Ashkenazic tradition. The sound quality is excellent, and the booklet is quite informative. This recording is a bargain beyond measure. Anyone with a love of this music of the classic Eastern European synagogue would find this a delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Goldberg on July 10, 2006
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This CD plays beautiful sounds as some of these

cantorials are at least 70 or so years old.

Really excellent.
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