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      Art of the Cantor host Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi

      Writer and Host Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi

      The Art of the Cantor was written and hosted by Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi at the WFMT Radio Network studios in Chicago. Our series was produced by Beth Schenker and edited and mixed by Beth Schenker and Allison Schein. Barry Serota was the musical advisor and Allison Schein the series Engineer.

      Additional help from Cydne Gillard, Mary Mazurek and Paloma Orozco. Series concept, direction and initial underwriting by Ricardo Rosenkranz for Opus Magica Music, LLC. The production of this series is made possible by a gift in memory of Cantor Martin Baum of Chicago.

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      The Golden Age of the Cantor (1920 — 1960)

      The WFMT Radio Network presents a new eight-hour series on the Golden Age of the Cantor (1920 — 1960) featuring the music of some of the greatest Cantors of the 20th Century including the voices of Richard Tucker, Gershon Sirota, Yossele Rosenblatt, Moyshe Oysher, Jan Peerce, The Koussevitzky brothers, and many more.

      Your host, internationally known Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, Cantor of Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, provides historical background and personal insight into the lives and voices of these very special spiritual & musical leaders of the Jewish world. The program series features eight musical themes including Great Cantors of the Golden Age, Operatic Cantors and Cantors in Opera, Cantors in Concert and Cantors After the Golden Age.

      PROGRAM 1: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Part I

      Yechiel Karniol: Ovinu Malkeynu (Cantor Alter Yechiel Karniol with Choir) Collectors Guild/Seven Great Cantors

      Joseph Rosenblatt: Tal (Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt assisted by Cantor Meilech Kaufman with Instrumental Ensemble; Nathaniel Shilkret, Conductor and Arranger) RCA Camden/ Masterpieces of the Synagogue Vol II

      Joseph Rosenblatt: R'tzey Asirosom (Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt with male Choir; Meyer Machtenburg, Conductor; Herbert Slotnick, boy alto; D. Mendoza, violin) RCA Victor/The Art of the Cantor Vol. I

      Rosenblatt-Herman Wohl: Yaale (Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt, Henry Rosenblatt, bass; Instrumental Ensemble directed by Leroy Shields) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Yitzchak Schlossberg: R'tzey (Cantor Gershon Sirota with orchestra; Samuel Alman, Conductor) Collectors Guild/Sirota Sings Again

      David Ajzenstadt: Shomo Vatismach Tziyon (Cantor Gershon Sirota with orchestra; Samuel Alman, Conductor) Collectors Guild/Sirota Sings Again

      Giacomo Puccini: E Lucevan Le Stelle (Cantor Gershon Sirota) Collectors Guild Records/Sirota Sings Again

      Giacomo Puccini: E Lucevan Le Stelle (Richard Tucker with Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Fausto Cleva, conductor) Columbia Masterworks/Richard Tucker in Memoriam

      Jacob Rapaport: Eylu D'vorim (Cantor Mordechai Hershman with instrumental ensemble) Greater Recording Company/The Best Cantorial Works of Mordechai Hershman

      Elias Shnepelisky: Wedding Service (Cantor Mordechai Hershman with instrumental ensemble) Collectors Guild/Seven Great Cantors Folk Song A Pastuch'l (Cantor Mordechai Hershman soloist) Everest/Scala Records/Jewish Folk Songs

      Herman Wohl: Hayom Haras Olom (Cantor Moishe Oysher with instrumental ensemble; Abraham Ellstein, conductor and arranger) Menorah Records/The Fabulous Voice of Moishe Oysher

      Moishe Oysher: Amar, Amar (Cantor Moishe Oysher with instrumental ensemble; Abraham Ellstein, conductor) Menorah Records/The Fabulous Voice of Moishe Oysher

      PROGRAM TWO: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Part 2

      Leib Glantz: Sh'ma Yisroel (Cantor Leib Glantz; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Leib Glantz: Tal (Cantor Leib Glantz; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Zavel Kwartin: V'al Y'dei Avodecho (Cantor Zavel Kwartin; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Zavel Kwartin: Tiher Rabi Yishmuel (Cantor Zavel Kwartin; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Pierre Pinchik: Rozo D'shabbos (Cantor Pierre Pinchik, accompanying himself on the organ) RCA Victor/Golden Voices of Israel

      Samuel Vigoda: Ribono Shel Olom (Cantor Samuel Vigoda; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/The Art of the Cantor Vol. II

      Samuel Vigoda: Ani Maamin (Cantor Samuel Vigoda; Solomon Braslavsky, organ) RCA Victor/The Art of the Cantor Vol. II

      David Roitman: Mi Sheoso Nissim (Cantor David Roitman with instrumental ensemble) Collectors Guild/Song of the Sabbath Day

      David Roitman: V'haarev No (Cantor David Roitman with instrumental ensemble) Collectors Guild/The Art of Cantor David Roitman

      Meyer Posner: Uv'yom Hashabbos (Cantor Joseph Shlisky with Choir; Meyer Posner, conductor; instrumental ensemble directed by Leroy Shield) Collectors Guild/And On the Sabbath

      PROGRAM THREE: Greatest Cantors of the 20th Century, Part 3

      Arye Leib Rutman: V'shomru (Cantor Aryeh Leib Rutman with organ) Collectors Guild/Seven Great Cantors

      Rutman/Ganchoff: V'shomru (Cantor Moshe Ganchoff; Harold Green, organ) Musique Internationale/Moshe Ganchoff, The Early Recordings

      Moshe Ganchoff: L'eyl Oreich Din (Cantor Moshe Ganchoff with Choir) Musique Internationale/Cantor Moshe Ganchoff-Rosh Hashono Excerpts

      Israel Alter/Ganchoff: V'lyrusholayim Ircho (Cantor Moshe Ganchoff; Warner S. Bass, piano) Musique Internationale/Treasury of Historic Performances

      Joshua Wieder: Mimkomcho (Cantor Joshua Wieder; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Musique Internationale/A People Beloved

      Berele Chagy: Yiru Eineinu (Cantor Berele Chagy; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Great Recording Company/The Best Cantorial Works of Berele Chagy

      Joseph Rosenblatt: Ad Heino Azorunu (Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky with instrumental ensemble; Warner S. Bass, conductor & arranger) RCA Victor/Festival Gems

      Mendel Kotlowitz: Aneynu (Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky, Jack Baras piano) Musique Inernationale/In Concert Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky

      Leo Low: Korutz Mechomer (Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky with instrumental ensemble; Warner S. Bass, conductor & orchestrator) RCA Victor/Festival Gems

      David Kusevitsky: Zaro Chayo (Cantor David Kusevitsky; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Folkways Records/Cantorials Birkat Hachodesh (Cantor David Kusevitsky) Private Recording from a live Sabbath Service at Temple Emanuel, Boro Park, Brooklyn

      Kashtan Weintraub: Ki K'shimcho (Cantor Moshe Ganchoff with male choir from School of Sacred Music-Hebrew Union College. Conducted by A.W. Binder) Musique Internationale/ Cantorial Classics

      PROGRAM FOUR: Operatic Cantors & Cantors in Opera

      Max Helfman: Kaddish Sholeym-Kiddush (Cantor Abraham Shapiro with Choir; Max Helfman, conductor) Musique Internationale/The Holy Sabbath

      David Moshe Steinberg: Ki Lekach Tov (Cantor Joseph Schmidt; Gershon Swet, piano) Preiser Records/Joseph Schmidt Religiose Gesange und Arien

      Jules Massenet: Ich Bin Allein, from the opera, Manon (Joseph Schmidt) Preiser Records/Joseph Schmidt Religiose Gesange und Arien

      Giuseppe Verdi: Ma se m'e forza perderti from Un Ballo in Maschera (Jan Peerce with the RCA Victor Orchestra; Frieder Weissman, conductor) Legato Classics/Jan Peerce, The Great American Tenor

      Arr. Henry Russotto: Kol Nidre (Jan Peerce with RCA Victor Orchestra and Chorus; Warner S. Bass, conductor) RCA Victor/Hebrew Melodies Todros Greenberg/Bessie

      Greenberg-Graubart: Psalm XXX, Mizmor Shir (Cantor Jacob Barkin with the Halevy Choral Society, Sholom Kalib, Choral arrangement; Hyman Reznick, conductor; Sonia Kass, piano) Musique Internationale/Religious Masterworks

      Jacques Halevy: Rachel, Quand du Siegneur, from La Juive (Cantor Jacob Barkin; Sonia Kass, piano) Musique Internationale/Orchestra Hall Concert/Halevy Choral Society

      Sidney Shicoff: Ahavas Olom (Cantor Sidney Shicoff; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Metro Records/The Dynamic Cantorials of Sidney Shicoff

      Sholom Secunda: Yiru Eyneynu (Cantor Richard Tucker with Orchestra; Sholom Secunda, conductor) Columbia Records/Ten Greatest Hebrew Prayers

      Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Vesti La Giubba from I Pagliacci (Richard Tucker with orchestra; Fausta Cleva, conductor) Columbia Records/Richard Tucker Memorial Album

      PROGRAM FIVE: The Cantor in America

      Moishe Oysher: Chad Gadyo (Cantor Moishe Oysher with the Abraham Nadel Chorus; Instrumental ensemble directed by Abraham Ellstein) Rozanna Records/The Moishe Oysher Passover Seder

      Yisroel Schorr: Sheyiboneh Beys Hamikdosh (Yisroel Schorr with instrumental ensemble) Collectors Guild/The Voice of Devotion

      Yisroel Schorr: Sheyiboneh Beys Hamikdosh (Moshe Koussevitzky with instrumental ensemble; Joseph Rumshinsky, conductor) RCA Victor/Festival Gems

      Yisroel Schorr: Sheyiboneh Beys Hamikdosh (Moishe Oysher with instrumental ensemble arranged and conducted by Abraham Ellstein) Menorah Records/The Fabulous Voice of Moishe Oysher

      Herman Wohl: Hashto Bagolo (Cantor Leibele Waldman with choir and instrumental ensemble; Jacob Goldstein, conductor) Maaloh Records/Hassidic Song

      Hassidic Melody Al Y'dei Dovid (Cantor Leibele Waldman with choir by Jacob Goldstein and instrumental ensemble; Jacob Goldstein, conductor) Maaloh Records/Hassidic Song

      arr. By Joseph Kanefsky: Mi Sheoso Nissim (Bas Sheva with orchestra; Harold Mooney, conductor) Capitol Records/Soul of a People

      attributed to Cantor Martin: Baum Ashrey (Cantor Martin Baum) Private recording

      Sholom Secunda: Hayom Haras Olom (Cantor Moses J. Silverman with choir; Hyman Reznick, conductor; Max Janowski, organ) MGM Records/Songs of My People

      1st verse by Cantor Joseph (Yossele) Rosenblatt arr. By Raymond Goldstein
      2nd verse by Cantor Moshe Ganchoff arr. by Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi

      Tal (Cantor Alberto Mizrahi with choir; Alan Heatherington, conductor) Tara Music/Festival Delights

      Samuel Malavsky: Shomea Kol Bichyos (Cantor Samuel Malavsky; Rose Gross, organ) Sounds of a Generation/Private release

      Joseph Rosenblatt: Sholom Aleichem (Malavsky Family Choir; Harry Cooper, organ) Liturgical Gems by the Master

      Abraham Ellstein: Yismechu (Jan Peerce with orchestra; Abraham Ellstein, conductor) Vanguard Records/Cantorial Masterpieces

      Sholom Secunda: Kiddush for Passover (Richard Tucker with choir and orchestra; Sholom Secunda, conductor) Columbia Records/Ten Greatest Hebrew Prayers

      PROGRAM SIX: Cantors in Concert

      Moishe Oysher: Ki Lo Noeh (Moishe Oysher with Abraham Nadel Choir and instrumental group; Abraham Ellstein, conductor) Rozanna Records/Moishe Oysher Passover Seder

      Moishe Oysher: Halevay (Moishe Oysher and the Barry Sisters with Instrumental ensemble; Abraham Ellstein, conductor and arranger) Greater Recording Company/Moishe Oysher At His Best

      Adolphe-Charles Adam: Postillon du Lonjemeau (Joseph Schmidt) EMI/Joseph Schmidt-The Complete EMI Recordings Vol. 1

      Franz Lehar: Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz (Joseph Schmidt) Naxos/Joseph Schmidt-Arias and Songs Disc 2

      Joseph Rumshinsky: Liebes Shmertzen (William Robyn with instrumental ensemble; Nathaniel Shilkret, conductor) Private release (Jack Meltzer Records)

      Herman Wohl/David Meyerowitz: A Heim, from the musical A Nacht Fun Liebe (Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt with instrumental ensemble; Joseph Pasternak, conductor) RCA Camden/Songs of my People

      Jo Amar: Yismach Moshe (Jo Amar with choir and instrumental ensemble) Collectors Guild/Jo Amar-Yismach Moshe and Other Zermirot

      Jacob K. Sandler/arr. Lind: Eili, Eili (Lind Brothers Trio) Musique Internationale/A Tribute to Joshua Lind

      Alexander Olshanetsky: Glick, from the operetta Di Letzteh Tantz (Jan Peerce with orchestra; arranged and conducted by Warner S. Bass) RCA Victor/Hebrew Melodies

      Meyer Machtenburg: Shehecheyonu (Cantor David Kusevitsky; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Shirim Records/Fifty Minutes with David Kusevitsky

      Marc Lavry: Shir HaEmek

      Folk: Matay Yavo Hamashiach (arranged by Max Helfman; Jacob Barkin with George Manos, piano) Musique Internationale/Jacob Barkin in Concert

      Victor Herbert: Thine Alone (Richard Tucker with Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Alfredo Antonini, conductor) Columbia Records

      Goldfaden: Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen from the operetta Shulamis (Richard Tucker with orchestra; Sholom Secunda, conductor) Columbia Records/Israel Sings - Goldfaden Songs

      PROGRAM SEVEN: The Western European Tradition

      Salomon Sulzer: Ma Tovu (Cantor Jacob Barkin, with Choral Society-Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Baltimore, MD; Hugo Weisgall, conductor) Westminster Records/Choral Masterworks of the Synagogue

      Louis Lewandowski: Ma Tovu (Cantor Israel Alter with choir; Leo Kopf, conductor; Paul Mania, organ) Musique Internationale/The Art of Cantor Israel Alter

      Salomon Sulzer: Shma Yisroel (Cantor Israel Alter with Choir; Leo Kopf, conductor; Paul Mania, organ) Musique Internationale/The Art of Cantor Israel Alter

      Louis Lewandowski: Yigdal (Cantor Herman Fleischman with choir and orchestra; Walter Sieber, conductor) Musique Internationale/Great Synagogue Composers Vol. X - Lewandowski

      Louis Lewandowski: Toras Adonoy Temimo (Cantor Hermann Fleischman with choir and orchestra; Walter Sieber, conductor) Musique Internationale/Great Synagogue Composers Vol. X

      Estrongo Nachama: Birkas Kohanim (Cantor Estrongo Nachama and Choir, Organist, Harry Foss) GEMA/Chasanut: Gesange aus der Synagogue

      arr. A. Mizrahi/M. Lazar: Respondemos (Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi with choir; Mathew Lazar, conductor) Chants Mystiques

      Eduard Birnbaum: Adonoy, Adonoy (Cantor Naftali Herstik; Rinat National Choir; Stanley Sperber, conductor; Raymond Goldstein, organ) Museum of the Diaspora. Tel Aviv/Music of the Jewish Community of Koenigsberg

      Louis Lewandowski: Uvnucho Yomar (Cantor Naftali Herstik; Rinat National Choir; Stanley Sperber, conductor; Raymond Goldstein, organ) Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv/The Koenigsberg Tradition - The High Holidays

      Jakob Dymont: Areshes Sefoseinu (Cantor Shlomo Pinkasovitch with male ensemble and piano; Jakob Dymont, director) Musique Internationale/Cantor Shlomo Pinkasovitch, High Holiday Chants

      Jacques Halevy: Psalm 118, Min Hameitzar (Cantor Jacob Barkin with Choral Society-Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Baltimore, MD; Hugo Weisgall, conductor) Westminster Records/Choral Masterworks of the Synagogue

      Samuel Naumbourg: S'u Sh'arim (Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, Conductor Alan Heatherington, Anshei Emet Festival Choir) Festival Delights

      PROGRAM EIGHT: Cantors After the Golden Age

      Oscar Julius: Tal (Cantor Moshe Stern with instrumental ensemble, arranged and conducted by Chanan Winternitz) Magnatone Records/Hassidic Bouquets and Cantorials

      Yossele Mandelbaum: Zaro Chayo (Cantor Moshe Taube, Abraham Ellstein, organ) Maaloh Records/The Original Cantorials of Cantor Moshe Taube

      Uri Frenkel: Al Hanissim (Cantor Uri Frenkel with instrumental ensemble) Musique Internationale/Synagogue Chants

      Israel Alter: Aneinu (Cantor Alan Michaelson; Abraham Ellstein, organ) Tikva Records/Songs of the Sacred Book

      S. Pinkasovitch: Ato Ritzatzto (Cantor Pinchos Borenstein with choir) Collectors Guild/Ten Great Cantors

      Mordechai Yardeini: Yiboneh Hamikdosh (Cantor David Bagley with Evelyn Green, piano) Private publication/A Tribute to Mordechai Yardeini

      Max Helfman: Adonay Adonay (Cantor Faith Steinsnyder with choir; Matthew Lazar, conductor) Western Wind/Birthday of the World

      Mayer Machtenberg: Uvyom Hashabbat (Cantor Jacob Mendelson with choir; Matthew Lazar, conductor) Taste of Eternity: A Musical Shabbat

      Eli Jaffe: V'chach Hoyo Omer (Cantor Ben Zion Miller) Private recording Adopted from: Moses J. Silverman

      Hineni (Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Matthew Lazar Conductor, Western Wind Choral Ensemble) The Birthday of the World: Music and Traditions of the High Holy Days