New CDs of Spanish-Portugese Cantorial Music
Joel Bresler spotted this press release and posted to the Jewish-Music mailing list:
The Shearith Israel League of the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York has just issued three exciting CDs in the Western Sephardic Tradition commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation and the arrival of the first Jews to North America.
The original recordings of the Sabbath, High Holidays and Festivals services and miscellaneous selections were made almost fifty years ago and feature the beautiful voices and liturgical styles of Dr. David de Sola Pool, Dr. Louis C. Gerstein, Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo and the Shearith Israel Choir. These recordings have now been re-mastered to present the traditional liturgical music of Congregation Shearith Israel.
Accompanied by three libretti with Hebrew text and English translation, these CDs provide a readily accessible means of hearing these beautiful renditions and experiencing this tradition.
The selections are sung by Rev. Dr. David de Sola Pool, who was rabbi of the Congregation from 1907 to 1956, Rev. Dr. Louis C. Gerstein, who was its rabbi from1956 to 1988 and Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, who was its hazzan from 1946 until his retirement in 1990. They are all accompanied by the famous Congregation Shearith Israel Choir led by Leon Hyman, its present Choirmaster and some of his predecessors.
A reviewer of these CDs has commented that "the new sound has depth and carries with it a magical quality, like rare, old vintage wine. But unlike fine wine, the CDs will last indefinitely."
The complete set of 3 CD's sells for $50 (plus $6.00 postage and handling for delivery in the U.S. or Canada/$12.00 International).
You may order by e-mail by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org including the following information:
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE (OR COUNTRY)
CREDIT CARD NUMBER: (MASTER CARD OR VISA)
Or you may order by mail (or fax), enclosing a check or money order (payable in US funds, drawn on a US bank):
SHEARITH ISRAEL LEAGUE
8 WEST 70 STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Tel: 212-873-0300; Fax: 212-724-6165