Various - Letter to Kamilla – Music in Jewish Memory - Mosaic Voices

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Mosaic Voices are the Resident Choir at the New West End Synagogue, in London. The synagogue, designed in 1877 by the Scottish architect George Audsley, is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, known for its beautiful choral acoustic. A great deal of the material on this album is therefore music sung by Mosaic Voices, in Hebrew, during religious services and festivals, of which this music forms a functional element. Ochila la’El, El Melech Yoshev, and Avinu Malkeinu are key musical works that form part of the New Year festival liturgy. Shomer Yisrael is sung during the little-known, but beautiful, midnight service of Selichot, which is part of the penitential prayers of the Hebrew month of Elul leading up to the New Year. Tree of Life, Generation to Generation, Yis’mechu, Ein Keloheinu, Uv’nucho Yomar, and Veh’al Kulam are pieces that the ensemble regularly sings at weekly Shabbat services, and form part of the liturgy for those services. The Musical Director, Michael Etherton, writes: ‘Exactly eighty years ago, my great grandmother Kamilla wrote a letter to her children. It was 1942. Fortunately, her children had escaped Nazi-occupied Austria, but Kamilla had not been so lucky. She endured four terrifying years of brutality and unimaginable suffering. The letter to her children was the last thing she wrote before being sent to Auschwitz, where she died. She did not know if her letter would ever reach her children. Eighty years later, my vocal ensemble, Mosaic Voices, is writing back to her in the form of an album of Jewish songs. We want Kamilla to know that, although she, her husband, and her sister, Minka, lost their lives in the Holocaust, all her children survived, and lived their lives successfully and happily in Britain, as proud Jewish people. Hitler’s mission failed. Her touching letter, which Kamilla wrote in German, has been set to music as one of the songs on this album (Letter from Kamilla). The other tracks that we have chosen to record celebrate the diversity, mysticism, and beauty of the music that Jewish people have brought to the world over time.’
Varenummer CHAN20261
Strekkode 0095115226124
Utgivelsesdato 21.01.2022
Kategori Klassisk
Plateselskap Chandos
Media CD
Antall enheter 1
Artister Mosaic Voices
Komponister Various
Plate: 1
1 Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King) (arr. B. Til
2 Eitz Chayim (Tree of Life)
3 Psalm 23
4 Dona Dona (arr. B. Till for vocal ensemble)
5 Leh'dor Va'dor (Generation to Generation)
6 Shomer Yisrael (Guardian of Israel)
7 Yis'mechu (They shall rejoice)
8 Sim Shalom (Make Peace)
9 Rozhinkes mit Mandlen (Raisins with Almonds)
10 Adon Olam (Feed the Birds) (arr. B. Till for vocal
11 Adio Querida (Farewell, My Beloved)
12 Uv'nucho Yomar (And when it rested he would say)
13 El Melech Yoshev (G-d, King, Who Sits)
14 Veh'al Kulam (For All These)
15 Ochila la'El (I shall put my hope in G-d)
16 Ein Keloheinu (There is none like our G-d)
17 Letter from Kamilla
18 Im Nin'alu (Even if they are closed)
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