Leonard Nimoy, Guest Narrator
Sung by The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and Guest Choir
Part I of the two-part series devoted to the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days.
An important focus of the program is to document the performance of certain prayers in the traditional style of cantor and “meshorerim” (singers who provide improvised accompaniment). This unique style, along with the great literature of the choral service, may not last much longer, as choirs are increasingly being eliminated from synagogues, to be replaced by organs and synthesizers, and by pop-style tunes. The Western Wind is thus providing a valuable service in helping to preserve and renew a significant element of the Jewish cultural heritage.
“Sung by The Western Wind vocal ensemble with outstanding cantors backed by accomplished mesharim (improvisational singers), this is an ideal Rosh Hashanah service. Comprised of major prayers drawn from traditions ancient and modern, Sephardic and Eastern European, with a splendid narration by Leonard Nimoy, the performance is outstanding for the beauty of its artistry.” —Joan Schwartz Michel, Hadassah Magazine
Track List (click to download samples):
1. Rosh Hashanah Nusach – traditional, arr. Lazar
3. Ma Tovu – Lewandowski (Cantor: Charles Osborne)
Tik’u – traditional
13. Ki Keshimcho – Lewandowski (Cantor: Osborne)
15. V’Chol Ma’aminim – Secunda
19. V’al Y’dei – Kaminsky (Cantor: Gurney, boy alto: Daniel Mendelson)
[Narration tracks are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22]
Also available on cassette for $5.95