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Milken Archive - Cantorial Concert Masterpieces / Miller


Release Date: 05/18/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559416   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David RoitmanIsrael SchorrPierre PinchikPinchas Jassinowsky,   ... 
Performer:  Benzion Miller
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beloved by millions for his cantorial performances throughout the world, Cantor Benzion Miller thrills audiences with his brilliant tenor voice, his astonishing vocal technique, and above all with the heartfelt spirituality of his interpretations of cantorial concert masterpieces. This unique genre of Jewish sacred music celebrates the high virtuosity of the cantorial tradition. Benzion Miller brings to life these musical treasures from the "Golden Age" of cantor-composers in America in all-new recordings with full symphony orchestra.

Includes work(s) by various composers. Ensembles: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir. Conductor: Elli Jaffe. Soloist: Benzion Miller.

“Cantor Benzion Miller
Read more has a remarkable technical facility, executing some truly spectacular vocal fireworks. He has a robust tenor voice... But of course, one does not listen to Miller for just his vocal quality but for the brilliant stylistic and virtuoso elements that he brings to this music... All the orchestrations are richly colourful, employing a wide romantic palette... The booklet includes an extensive essay on the music with copious notes about each of the composers and their background, providing an illuminating window into the genre... This disc makes fascinating listening, opening up an area of musical repertoire which is probably quite unknown to many people.” — Robert Hugill, MusicWeb.uk.net (July 2005)

“Miller...displays virtuosic flair and florid drama as well as some reflective gentleness.” — Jonathan Wolf, MusicWeb.uk.net (February 2005)

“...at the top of the must-have list... This will be a very special disc for the many Jewish people who grew up in the great cantorial tradition, and who still recall many of the wonderful cantors who sang in the great synagogues of the world. It will also be special for Jews and non-Jews alike who thrill to magnificent singing and the operatic creations of these once world famous cantors... Oh my, did Israel Schorr’s (1886-1935) Sheyyibane beit hammikdash ever bring back a flood of memories... Cantor Miller may also be remembered by many readers from a recent PBS program, ‘Cantors: A Faith in Song,’ in which he participated in a celebration of cantorial singing. He is in glorious voice on this CD... This is a fantastic CD... recommended with the greatest urgency.” — Jerry Dubins, Fanfare (also printed in Gramophone, Sept. 2004)

“[The new orchestrations] commissioned especially for this project...show great imagination in the use of orchestral color and reflect the moods of grandeur, lyricism and poignancy in the melodies and texts... To say that his [Benzion Miller’s] performances are perceptive and persuasive would be an understatement.” — American Record Guide (Sept. 1, 2004)

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Works on This Recording

1.
Hayyom T'amtzeinu by David Roitman
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
2.
Sheyibone beis hamikdosh by Israel Schorr
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
3.
Der Khazn un der Gabe by Pierre Pinchik
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
4.
The Prophecy of Isaiah by Pinchas Jassinowsky
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
5.
Ezrat by David Kusevitsky
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
6.
Ribbon Ha'olamim by Israel Schorr
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
7.
Kol M’kaddesh by Leib Glantz
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
8.
Hashir Shehalviyyim by Moshe Ganchoff
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
9.
Hebrew Prayers (5): Havdoloh by Zavel Zilberts
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Hammavdil by Aaron Tishkowsky
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
11.
Psalm of David by William Bogzester
Performer:  Benzion Miller (Cantor)
Conductor:  Elli Jaffe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

Sound Samples

Hayyom T'amtzeinu
Sheyyibane Beit Hammikdash
Der Khazn un der Gabe (The Hazzan and the Gabbai)
The Prophecy of Isaiah: V'haya b'aharit hayyamim
Ezrat
Ribbon Ha'olamim
Kol M'kaddesh
Hashir shehaleviyim (The song of the Levites): Hashir Shehalviyyim
Havdala
Hammavdil (arr. M. Goldman)
Psalm of David: Adonai ma-rabu tzaray

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