“As with any good bout of cantorial music, the sound is incredible, with the power of the voices singly awe-inspiring, but together rivaling the better-known Three Tenors,” writes All Music Guide of this historic 2003 concert. Both popular and religious, the selections include “Avinu Malkenu,” “Mayn Yiddishe Mama,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Kol Nidre,” “Kaddish,” “Tzena, Tzena,” “Tumbalalaika,” and “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem,” a Sephardic medley, and much more.
“For centuries, the cantor has played a crucial role in the life of Jewish communities. The cantor, it is said, weds the world of spirit and art, a religious leader who's also guardian of a rich musical heritage…. In the early part of this century, cantors were celebrities, as well-known within the Jewish community as some of the most famous opera stars…. At the same time, they were spiritual leaders who officiated at weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs.”—NPR Morning Edition
Benzion Miller, Alberto Mizrahi & Naftali Herstik. Ne'imah Singers. Netherlands Theater Orchestra. Jules van Hessen, conductor.