Kamti Lehallel | The Album
The double-CD album, Kamti Lehallel, presents the musical tradition of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities of Amsterdam, London and New York. It is accompanied by a 200-page booklet in English and Hebrew, which includes essays on the communities and their music, and biographies of the composers and the performers. All prayer and song texts are are printed along with translations and detailed explanations. The Hebrew texts were photographed from prayer books dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.
The recordings feature Hazzan Daniel Halfon together with male chorus and chamber ensemble, conducted by Azi Schwartz, performing 50 pieces in entirely new settings by Raymond Goldstein. The first CD includes selections from the Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah liturgy. The second disc features pieces from Yom Kippur and the Shalosh Regalim.
The album was released by the Feher Jewish Music Center at Beth Hatefutsoth, The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel, in cooperation with the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. To date, several thousand albums have been sold and a reprinting is awaited.