Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Jewish Music Reviews: Cantorial Music: Spanish

The J Post has a review on Kamti Lehallel a 2 CD set of Spanish and Portuguese cantorial tradition.

Particularly exquisite and interesting are the various renditions of the kaddish, especially the example from the Rosh Hashanna liturgy, a haunting and well-known melody.

Some listeners will certainly be surprised by Kamti Lehallel, as the collection superficially sounds just like western choral music, even given the great care taken in proper, Sephardic pronunciation of the Hebrew. One of the big influences on this genre was 18th century Spanish opera styles, and this comes through as well.

The article also discusses the influence of Arabic music on these liturgical pieces.

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