ALBUM TITLE: A Jewish Legacy
WORKS: Halil; Four Sabras
PERFORMER: Angelina Réaux (mezzo-soprano), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (tenor); BBC Singers/Avner Itai, Rochester Singers/Samuel Adler; Bonita Boyd (flute), Jean Barr, Barry Snyder, Jack Gottlieb (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 8.559407
An interesting disc entitled Leonard Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy mops up a number of the composer’s shorter works not featured on disc elsewhere. Again, liturgical and secular choral settings provide the main framework, the most striking discovery being the 1945 Hashkiveinu, given an outstandingly vibrant performance by Hans-Peter Blochwitz and the BBC Singers. The rest of the disc doesn’t quite reach this level of proficiency, partly because the recorded sound in some items lacks real presence and warmth.