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Counterpoint : Folk Songs and Dances of a Young Nation

Review: Here they present their latest album that brings together new arrangements, ranging from traditional to contemporary, of some of the best known and loved Israeli folk-songs. Unlike European folk-songs, whose origins tend to be vague and lost in the past, most of these songs originated in the 20th century and have known composers and poets. Yet they are folk music just the same, for they live now in the oral tradition. Several generations of Jews have grown up singing them, and some songs, such as Tsena Tsena, Shalom Chaverim and, of course, Hava Nagila, have achieved mainstream recognition. The purpose of Israeli folk-songs was to inspire a new national cultural identity through which, in the words of Hinei Ma Tov, Jewish brothers and sisters from many lands would dwell together in unity. Among many Jews and Israelis throughout the world the songs evoke sentiments of pride and belonging. And despite the inner conflicts between Israelis today and the violent conflicts with its neighbors, the message of this disc is the sincere hope that the entire region may someday achieve unity and peace.

Songlist: Mayim, Los Bibilicos, Hinei Achal'la Bachalili, Rounds Of Israel, Saleinu Al Ktefeinu, Hinei Ma Tov, Ba'a Mnucha, Mi Ze Hidlik, Hana 'Ava Ba Banot, Ayi Ayil, Erev Shel Za Hav, Lo Yisa Goy, Hora Zemer Lach & Hava Na Gila, Al Har Im, Laila Laila, Shir LaShalom, Israeli Medley

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8555c | 1 CD | $15.95 |

Listen Up! : Jewphoria onsale

Review: Although Listen Up! has two excellent recordings, "Shimu Na" and "Al Hanisim," in our catalog, we're happy to welcome their latest CD, "Jewphoria," to the Primarily A Cappella label. Listen Up! is Rebecca Singer, Moshe Mann, Michael Mendelson and Steve Singer. Here are 12 fresh and appealing, often funny, mostly Jewish doo-wop songs: "Oy Mamme Bin Ich Farliebt," "Etz Chayim," "Tzena," "Yom Shabbaton," "Al Kol Eileh," "Tzaddik Katamar" (w/violin accompaniment), "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," "Under the Chuppah" (a takeoff on "Under The Boardwalk"), "Hineh Ba Hashalom," "Tum Balalaika," "Nisayon" and "Hatikvah." What comes across in all songs is a love for singing, a lot of talent and a sense of fun & celebration - an im-pressive third CD. Listen Up! - we want to hear more!

Songlist: Oy Mame Bin Ich Farliebt, Etz Chayim, Tzena, Yom Shabbaton, al Kol Eileh, Tzaddik Katamar, Bei Mir Bist du Schoen, Under The Chuppah, Hineh Ba HaShalom, Tum Balalaika, Nisayon, Hatikvah

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2945c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |

London Jewish Male Choir : 80 Years

Review: One of the most famous Jewish Choirs, the London Jewish Male Choir is celebrating its 80th anniversary! A cross-section of 80 years of singing, with some rare historic recordings as well as modern repertoire. Featuring famous cantors David Kusevitsky, Naftali Herstik, Steven Leas, Stephen Robins, Robert Brody, Pinchas Faigenblum, Moshe Korn and David Hilton. Extensive info. 20 songs, 75:15 min. playing time.

Songlist: Shehechianu, Ba'avour David, Hava Nalia, Sefirat Ha'omer, Yismechu, As Moshiach Vet Kuman (When the Messiah Comes), Der Rebbe Elimelech, Umipneh Chatoenu, A Dudele, Hatikvah, Der Yid Der Schmid (The Jewish Blacksmith), Hurrah, Shuvi Nafshi - Lewandowski, Havdalah, Osseh Shalom (He who makes peace), Psalm 23, Yiru Enainu, Al Sfat Yam Kinneret, Al Sfat Yam Kinneret, Artseinu

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8398c | 1 CD | $15.98 |

Roger Emerson : S'vivon (Dreidel Spin)

Review: Developing choirs will enjoy this joyful Hanukkah celebration. Accessible and well-crafted, this setting has an energetic drive and the hand percussion will add plenty of sparkle!

Sheet Music Available: SAB,   SSA,   SAB,   SSA

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5359p | Voicetrax CD | $22.95 || Hanukkah Arrangements | Music of Roger Emerson

Russell Robinson : Dayenu

Review: This upbeat Hebrew folk song's literal translation It would have been enough celebrates the great things God has done. Percussion instruments, which adds to the rhythmic and dance-like feel of the piece. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, Percussion; 2-Part, Percussion; StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:27.

Sheet Music Available: SAB

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5276p | Studiotrax CD | $26.95 |

Various Arrangers : Hebrew Songs

Review: Cantor Rena Shapiro's take on the Israeli classic "Eili, Eili" is a fantastic a cappella addition to any repertoire. The setting's savvy utilization of just three voices gives it lots of mileage with a beginning choir but provides plenty for an advanced one to work with in terms of expression and nuance. The piece includes sections in both Hebrew and English. The flowing, contrapuntal movement in Cantor Davidson's setting of Psalm 121 ("A song of ascents...") is at once modern and madrigal, and provides options for singing in English, Hebrew, or both. The song S'Vivon depicts the Hanukkah dreydl, a small top with four sides. Each side of the dreydl contains one of the four Hebrew initials of the phrase, "(A) Great Miracle Happened There."

Songlist: Eili, Eili, Shir Hama'alot, S'Vivon

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8019b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | 3 Parts | A Cappella |

Velvel Pasternak : A Choral Companion

Review: Culled from seven Tara publications, this collection of 62 Israeli, Hebrew/English, Hassidic and Liturgical songs includes chords, texts, transliteration and translations. Selections are arranged as two-part settings, but the collection is also a stand-alone songbook. Includes 45 popular Hebrew rounds as well.

Songlist: Elecha, Children of Peace, Am Yisrael Chai, Y'did Nefesh, Mashi'ach, K'var Acharre Chatsot, I Lift Up Mine Eyes, Etz Chayim, Hodu, Yibone Hamikdosh, Prayer For The Peace of Israel, Lu Y'hi, Kol Ha'olam Kulo, Yism'chu, Erev Ba, Orcha Bamidbar, L'ma'an Tsiyon, Sheyibane Bet Hamikdash, B'shadmot Bet Lechem, Agada, Uforatszto, Pitchu Li, Sham Hare Golan, Shir Lashalom, Rom'mu, Ta'am Haman, Mikdash Melech, Odcho, A Song Of Peace, Hamalach Hago'el, and more

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5174b | Songbook | $29.95 | 2-Part |

Vocolot : Behold!

Review: This new release is by far the strongest recording put forth by this women's progressive Jewish vocal ensemble. Their firm, clear voices ring true on the 14 mostly original compositions. Many are Linda Hirschhorn's settings of traditional texts. The title song ("Hareh Aht/Hashmi'Rini" or Behold!) is a lovely piece using a text recited when exchanging rings along with a Song of Songs text. "Sham'Ra" (Hear and Rejoice) uses a psalm, while "Imri Na" (Sister) draws a story from Genesis. Others provide nice variety, especially "If You Can Walk," an original song "adapted from Zimbabwe folk wisdom," and the CARA-nominated contemporary Israeli love song "Eretz Shiv'Rat Haminim." Several of the pieces are lightly accompanied, but vocal harmony is always central.

Songlist: Lo Yisa Goy, Hareh Aht, Bird, Rosh Hodesh, Blessed is the Flame, Mayn Rue Platz, Sham'a, V'ayrastich Li, If You Can Walk, Imri Na, Camarada, Eretz Chiv'at Haminim, Eli Eli, Wings Span

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8519c | 1 CD | $14.98 |

Vocolot : Gather Round

Review: Gorgeous a cappella English and Hebrew rounds and songs sung by Linda and Vocolot. A classic, it includes "Miriam's Slow Snake Dance by the Riverside" and "Ilu Finu", as well as "The Berry Song" and "The Full Moon Song" with their powerful affirmation of the bond between women and nature.

Songlist: Ilu Finu, Miriam's Slow Snake Dance, Ki Hem Chayenu, Blessing After the Meal, Chanukah/Solstice, Women Gathering Round, I Have A Million Nightingales, Ruth And Naomi, Yom Shabbaton, Ufarsu Lara'ev, The Full Moon Song, The Berry Song, Nigun

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9927c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella |

Vocolot : Heart Beat : 1 CD : 

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Vocolot : Heart Beat

Review: Performing together throughout the world since 1988, Vocolot takes its name from the English 'vocal' and the Hebrew word 'kolot,' meaning 'voices.' These six lovely women bring us a passionate celebration of women's voices and (non-vocal) percussion, with songs that affirm life and a vision of one world at peace. Original and traditional music, sung in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino. 15 songs: the title tune (an original by Linda Hirshhorn of the group, who also wrote 'Who Can You Lean On,' 'Full Circle,' 'For Talia, Born 9/11/85,' 'These Hands' and 'Sarah and Hagar.'), 'La Comida,' 'Zog Maran,' the exuberant'Elokim,' 'Guide Me,' 'Yesh Lanu Koach,' 'Ocho Kandelikas,' 'Los Bilbilicos,' 'Eretz Zavat Chalav U'Dvashand 'Pitchu Li/Effen Oyf.' Beautifully blended harmonies add to the deep feeling of these songs, from the pain and anger of the resistance song 'Zog Moran' to the celebration and joy of the Brazilian song 'Elokim.' A strong, special CD.

Songlist: HeartBeat, La Comida, Zog Maran, Elokim, Guide Me, Who Can You Lean On, Full Circle, Yesh Lanu Koach, For Talia: Born 9/11/85, hese Hands, Ocho Kandelikas, Los Bibilicos, Eretz Zavat Chalav U'Dvash, Sarah and Hagar, Pitchu Li/Effen Oyf

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6797c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella |

Vocolot : Roots & Wings

Review: After you hear Roots & Wings it won't come as any surprise to find out that Linda Hirschhorn is the cantor at a major Temple in the San Francisco Bay Area. What you will hear is a number of rounds and chants which often are expansions on texts from the Old Testament and other sources of Jewish wisdom, when they have source other than the heart. For example "Not By Might" is adapted from Zachariah 4:6 while "Trees of the Wild" comes from Isaiah 55:12. These rounds are sung by as few as three of the six members of Vocolot, usually four or five. Amidst this setting of chants and rounds are four of Linda's original songs which are embellished by light instrumentation. "Homeless Blues" is just accompanied by a bass player. Our favorite is "Play On (For Tay Holden)" a lyrical memory of a departed dear musical friend, accompanied by guitar, bass, fiddle, drums and clarinet. The singing is beautiful. The songs are inspired.

Songlist: Roots & Wings, Not By Might, What Happened To The Dream?, If Not Now, Homeless Blues, Kahrev Yom, Mizmor Shir, But Ask Now The Beasts/ Trees Of The Wild, Waltzing In The Shadows, Stepping Lightly, Shifchi Ka-Ma'yim, Marbeh, Play On, Blessing For Children, Circle Chant

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8520c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella |

Western Wind : The Chanukkah Story

Review: Twenty-five tracks narrated by Theodore Bikel, who explains and describes much of the tradition associated with each composition, this frequently and beautifully accompanied CD reflects the "diverse and multi-national nature of the Jewish experience." The detailed liner notes further elaborate on Jewish history and the CD's content, which encompasses Sephardic songs, folk melodies, European nineteenth-century classical, and more. "Maoz Tzur" (Rock Of Ages in English), is a German synagogue melody with an arrangement from 1720 by the Italian, Marcello. The Western Wind, a mixed sextet, has a refined and cultured tone, and each piece is performed with a quiet dignity.

Songlist: Chanukkah, Oy Chanukkah, Mi Ze Y'Malel, Hayo Haya, Mi YMalel, Al Hanissim, Maoz Tzur, Maoz Tzur, Lo B'chayil, Psalm 30, Los Siete Hijos De Hanna, Hanerot Hallalu, O Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh, Boruch Ate, Zingt Der Tate, Tzindt on Likhtelekh, Mi Ze Hidlik, Akht Kleyne Brider, Lichvod Hachanukkah, Kemach Min Hasak, Hazermos Una Merenda, Quita'l Tas, Ocho Kandelikas, Gut Yon-Tef, Aykh Kinder (We Come to You Children), S'Vivon, Drey Zikh, Dreydele, I Have A Little Dreydle

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2240c | 1 CD | $14.98 |