Eternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul

Eternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul

by Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman


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The close approaches between Western, specifically American, concert music and Jewish traditional music are well known. Operatic artists Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill both started their careers as cantors, and the Jewish tradition has generated several important repertory works. But what you hold in your hand (or under your mouse) is something different. Violinist Itzhak Perlman describes it as a crossover album involving classical and cantorial music. The Jewish cantor, unlike a monk chanting liturgy, has considerable freedom in his choice of material, and the music here is drawn from various sources: all of it is religious, but it does not come from a strict liturgical tradition. Rather, it includes, in the words of annotator Jim Bessman, "elements of Yiddish folk song and theater music, Hassidic song and prayer, and klezmer music." Often they reflect dreams of a displaced people. To these are added two orchestral layers, one provided by the Klezmer Conservatory Orchestra of musical supervisor and co-producer Hankus Netsky, and the other by a group of string players drawn from among Perlman's students. Then there is the violin of Perlman himself, who heard this kind of material as a child in Israel and plainly found it natural to merge it with his own artistry. The whole thing may seem like an unlikely candidate for a major-label classical release, but the many sources of the music are quite elegantly woven together. The reactions of those without a religious connection to the music are likely to depend on how they feel about the voice of cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, which may be an acquired taste. Sample it and consider the idea of delving further into one of Sony's more unusual releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0887254200628
catalogNumber: 542006

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Itzhak Perlman   Primary Artist,Violin
Klezmer Conservatory Band   Ensemble
Melanie Feld   Oboe
Hankus Netsky   Musical Direction
Kathleen Nester   Flute,Piccolo
Michael Atkinson   French Horn
Sean Lee   Violin,Concert Master
Kurt Muroki   Acoustic Bass
Nicole Leon   Violin
Todd Palmer   Clarinet
Yitzchak Meir Helfgot   Cantor
Damian Primis   Bassoon
Rachel Lee   Violin
Francesca Anderegg   Violin
Wanzhen Li   Violin
Sara Ordonez   Viola
Russell Ger   Conductor
Matthew Lipman   Viola
Jocelin Pan   Viola
Jia Kim   Cello
Ihnseon Park   Violin
Michelle Ross   Violin
Michael Katz   Cello

Technical Credits

Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Abraham Goldfaden   Composer
Hankus Netsky   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,translation,Musical Supervision
Antonio Oliart Ros   Engineering
Yossele Rosenblatt   Composer
Israel Schorr   Composer
David Lai   Producer
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing
Ben Zion Shenker   Composer
Jewish Traditional   Composer
Jesse Gelber   co-arranger
Abe Schwartz   Composer
Yitzhak Schlossberg   Composer
Levi Yitzchak Berditchever   Text
Dmitri Slepovitch   co-arranger

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