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Milken Archive - Vienna Choir Boys - Kalib, Kaplan

Release Date: 09/21/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559419   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Abraham KaplanSholom Kalib
Performer:  Shimon CraimerNaftali Herstik
Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus ViennensisVienna Chamber OrchestraVienna Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In their first-ever recording of American Jewish music, the world-famous Vienna Choir Boys are joined by the Chief Cantor of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem, Naftali Herstik, and by Cantor Shimon Craimer. Featuring joyful new music that has thrilled audiences during the Vienna Choir Boys' recent international concert tours.

“Scored for orchestra, cantorial soloist and youth chorus, the two [pieces on the CD] are optimum vehicles for the Vienna Choir Boys’ purity of tone. [In Sholom Kalib’s ‘Day of Rest’] Cantor Naftali Herstik provides the right touch of solemnity. In contrast, the ‘Shalom Aleikhem’ and ‘Eliyahu Hannavi,’ which bookend the piece, resound withbuoyant flourishes, reminiscent of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of
Read more Carols.’ [Abraham Kaplan’s ‘Psalms of Abraham’] is highly tuneful... The performances are uniformly flawless, especially the soloists, Herstik on the Kalib and Cantor Shimon Craimer on the Kaplan piece. While this CD would most likely appeal to classical connoisseurs first and foremost, there’s plenty to stir the Jewish heart as well. Add into the mix the historic importance of the Vienna Choir Boys singing about HaShem, and Jewish music collectors may want to sing a hallelujah chorus of their own.” — Dan Pine, The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California (March 17, 2006)

“Both [Shalom Kalib’s The Day of Rest and Abraham Kaplan’s Psalms of Abraham]...are intriguing. Kalib and Kaplan compose in an easily accessible idiom and both imbue their music with the contrasting characteristics of unbridled joy and pensive reflection demanded by the texts. Especially alluring are Kalib’s setting of ‘Havdala,’ the ceremonial benediction over wine, a lit candle and aromatic spices that marks the departure of the Sabbath; and Kaplan’s tender setting of the much beloved Psalm 23, ‘The Lord Is My Shepherd.’ While the Vienna Choir Boys and their alumni ensemble may be strangers to the tradition, they manage to make the music their own. This CD shows [the Vienna Choir Boys] to be a group of high-caliber musicians able to transform material that is foreign to their history into profoundly meaningful music.” — John Guinn, Oakland Press (Detroit, Mich.)

“One could hardly ask for more polished and coherent performances than those of the Vienna Choir Boys and the men of the Chorus Viennensis. It is worth noting that, since making this recording, the Vienna Choir Boys have included this music as part of their regular concert and touring repertory. As in previous Milken Archive issues, Neil Levin’s program notes are excellent.” — William J. Gatens, American Record Guide

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Works on This Recording

Psalms of Abraham by Abraham Kaplan
Performer:  Shimon Craimer (Cantor)
Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Language: Hebrew 
The Day of Rest by Sholom Kalib
Performer:  Naftali Herstik (Cantor)
Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 

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