Milken Archive Releases
CANTOR BENZION MILLER SINGS CANTORIAL CONCERT MASTERPIECES
Naxos ID 8.559416
Featuring: Cantor Benzion Miller, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/National Orchestra of Catalonia, conductor Elli Jaffe, Vienna Boys Choir, Chorus Viennensis
This recording of cantorial concert masterpieces celebrates a unique genre of Jewish sacred music that embodies the virtuoso cantorial tradition. With a blend of brilliant vocal technique and deep spirituality that is a prerequisite for performance of this demanding repertoire, tenor Benzion Miller, a renowned fourth-generation cantor dedicated to perpetuating this legacy, brings to life treasures from the “Golden Age” of cantor-composers in America (1920s-1940s), in completely new recordings with full symphony orchestra. Such legendary figures as David Roitman, David Kusevitsky, Moshe Ganchoff, Leib Glantz and Israel Schorr, among others, are represented by these sophisticated settings of liturgical texts that were intended for concert performance rather than rendition of prayer in the synagogue.