Collection: The English Tradition of Jewish Choral Music

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COMPOSERS: Alman,Brill,Hirsh,Josephs,Lipkin,Mombach,Salaman,Schlessinger,Singer,Verrinder
LABELS: Olympia
WORKS: Works by Singer, Alman, Josephs, Lipkin, Mombach, Hirsh, Salaman, Schlessinger, Brill, Verrinder
PERFORMER: Moshe Haschel (cantor)Zemel Choir/Robert Max
CATALOGUE NO: OCD 647

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With the obvious exception of Malcolm Singer’s upbeat and exhilarating setting of Psalm 117, none of the pieces on this enterprising disc reveals a particularly original creative talent – the shadows of Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams hover all too readily over much of the earlier repertoire. Performances, too, are variable, with a rather unsophisticated soprano tone and a surprising lack of energy in places. A release of limited appeal, I suspect. Erik Levi