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Milken Archive - A Hanukka Celebration / Levin, Et Al

Release Date: 11/18/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559410   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Raymond GoldsteinHugo Chaim AdlerTraditionalSamuel Adler,   ... 
Performer:  Simon SpiroZhou JinAbba BoginBenzion Miller,   ... 
Conductor:  Neil LevinTimothy KochRodney WintherSamuel Adler,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro HebraeicoCarolina Chamber ChoraleCincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hanukka, the Festival of Dedication, is celebrated by Jews everywhere to commemorate the heroic Maccabean victory in 165 B.C.E. over the Greco-Syrians in the fight for religious freedom. It marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the legend of the miraculous eight-day endurance of the light in the candelabrum. Traditional Hanukka songs from many parts of the world, along with music composed in America, enrich the experience of this beloved holiday. This recording brings old favorites and new discoveries together for a unique American Hanukka celebration.

"...intensely joyful..." — John Guinn, Oakland Press

“The diversity
Read more reflected on this disc is extensive indeed... Adler’s ‘To Celebrate a Miracle’ [is] a reflective but spirited instrumental work...” — Seattle Times

“The performances are first-rate by a variety of ensembles... You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the CD.” — Town & Village

“…Samuel Adler’s ‘The Flames of Freedom’ is absolutely stunning: melodious and subtle, sending wild bursts of shivers up all sides of the spine.” — The Electric Review

“‘A Hanukka Celebration’ is at once a special and remarkable music CD. ...the target audience for these works is not children, but people of any age or religion who want to hear well-written liturgical and secular music keyed to a centuries-old holiday. The variety of settings deepens the listener’s appreciation of the music." — David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal

“...a radiant collection...beautifully performed by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony, conducted by Ronald Winther.” — Cincinnati Enquirer

“In a word, this effort is spectacular...all of the selections are fired with of the best J-cards I have ever seen.... For classical and choral music lovers, ‘A Hanukka Celebration’ is a must-have for your record collection.” — Michelle J. Mills, Los Angeles Daily News

“...Samuel Adler’s delicate cycle, ‘Flames of Freedom,’ ought to be adopted into the repertoires of local choirs. As Hanukkah approaches...I reach for Milken’s ‘A Hanukka Celebration’ (transliterated from Hebrew without the second ‘h’). The generous liner notes sketch the Festival of Lights’ history from the Jewish victories against the Seleucid Empire in the second century B.C.E. to modern-day American celebrations. Raymond Goldstein’s lovely candle-lighting benedictions introduce this anthology with simple harmonies and counterpoint among soloists and modest-voiced choral singers... Hanukkah-related folk songs inform Samuel Adler’s Copland-esque ‘To Celebrate a Miracle’ for large wind ensemble, while Leo Low’s choral ‘Likhtelekh’ and Zavel Zilbert’s solo with piano, ‘Di Khanike Likht,’ evoke a warm Yiddish mood. Herbert Fromm’s nonliturgical ‘Hanukkah Madrigal’ could be mistaken for music from another monotheistic religion. Samuel Adler’s ‘The Flames of Freedom’ a delicate cantata for three-part choir, much like Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols,’ and manages to blend the best elements of 20th-century innovation with a feel for antiquity. Judith Shatin’s childlike round ‘Nun, Gimel, Hei, Shin,’...sweetly echoes the spinning of the Hanukkah dreidel. This CD -- and the entire Milken series -- is worth praising this particular Festival of Lights.” — Michael Barnes, Austin Statesman-American

“[Michael Isaacson’s Aspects of a Great Miracle] If Stephen Sondheim wrote sacred music, it would probably sound something like this. Isaacson at his best is extraordinarily moving. I must confess a soft spot in my heart for [Isaacson’s] ‘Vene-emar/Bayom Hahu,’ an exquisite setting that I have accompanied on many occasions in my career as a synagogue organist. As usual in the series, Neil Levin, Artistic Director for the Milken Archive, furnishes excellent program notes.” — William J. Gatens, American Record Guide

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Works on This Recording

Benedictions for the Kindling of the Hannukah Lights by Raymond Goldstein
Performer:  Simon Spiro (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Hebraeico
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Israel 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, E. Finchley, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Hannerot hallalu "We kindle these lights" by Hugo Chaim Adler
Performer:  Zhou Jin (Piano)
Conductor:  Timothy Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carolina Chamber Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Tabernacle Baptist Church, Charleston NC 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Maoz Tsur by Traditional
Performer:  Abba Bogin (Piano), Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Ver: Aaron Miller
Arranged: Neil Levin 
To Celebrate a Miracle by Samuel Adler
Conductor:  Rodney Winther
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Werner Recital Hall, U. of Cincinnati 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
O, ir kleyne likhtelekh by Morris Rosenfeld
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor), Abba Bogin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Lefrak Hall, Colden Center, Flushing, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Yiddish 
Notes: Arranged: Larry Moore, after Leo Low 
Madrigals (6): Hanukka Madrigal "Mi y'mallel?" by Herbert Fromm
Conductor:  Samuel Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Hebrew and English. 
Mizmor shir hanukkat habbayit by Solomon Ancis
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hebraeica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
The Flames of Freedom by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Ronald Corp (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Nun, gimel, hei, shin by Judith Shatin
Performer:  Ronald Corp (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Adonai z'kharanu by Alexander Olshanetsky
Performer:  Moshe Haschel (Cantor)
Conductor:  Neil Levin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir,  Schola Hebraeica
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  New West End Synagogue, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Neil Levin 
Aspects of a Great Miracle by Michael Isaacson
Conductor:  Timothy Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Mississippi University Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  1st Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Likhtelekh by Leo Low
Notes: Arrangement by Larry Moore 
Di khanike likht by Zavel Zilberts
Performer:  Abba Bogin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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