Great Cantors in Cinema
2 DVD Set
USA, 2006, 147 minutes, B&W/color
Public Exhibition Formats: Beta, DVD
“Archival gold… an important addition to music history archives.”
-The Boston Globe Magazine
The Great Cantors 2 DVD Set features some of the rarest and finest performances of renowned cantors, from 1927 to 1956. This DVD release coincides with a resurgence in interest in cantorial music and the great cantors of the first half of the 20th century. Two and a half years in the making,The Great Cantors 2 DVD Set is an educational and historical treasure as well as an incomparable musical experience.
Great Cantors of the Golden Age includes highlights from Yiddish filmmaker Joseph Seiden’s 1931 film The Voice of Israel, with performances by Adolph Katchko, Josef “Yossele” Rosenblatt, David Roitman, Joseph Shlisky, and Mordechai Hershman.
Great Cantors in Cinema includes Yossele Rosenblatt in Dream of My People (1933), Moshe Koussevitsky in We Who Remain (1946), Mordechai Hershman in The Voice of Israel (1931), Moishe Oysher in Overture to Glory (1940), and Louis "Leibele" Waldman in A Cantor on Trial (1931).
DVD bonus extras include seven cantorial pieces newly restored by NCJF from rare film footage, some of which have never been seen before: "Oshamnu Mikol Om" by David Roitman; "Kol Nidre" by Adolph Katchko; "Anenu" and "Shabbat Kiddush" (conclusion) by Moishe Oysher; "ViY'rushalayim Ircho" by Moshe Koussevitsky; "Yarhzeit" and "Yiddishe Mamma" by Yossele Rosenblatt.
The two films—produced by The National Center for Jewish Film using film materials restored by NCJF—are available as a 2 DVD set (147 minutes) and include extensive new bonus materials: 7 new cantorial pieces available here for the first time ever.
Great Cantors of the Golden Age (1990) Disc 1
Historical Perspective by Cantor Dr. Max Wohlberg (1907-1996)
Professor of Liturgy and Hazzanut, Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC
Voice of Cantor Gershon Serota (1874-1943) – Hoshanah from The Dybbuk (1937)
Cantor Adolph Katchko (1886-1958) – M’loch from The Voice of Israel (1931)
Cantor Joseph Shlisky (1894-1955) – Uv’shofar Gadol from The Voice of Israel
Cantor David Roitman (1884-1943) – Av HaRachamim from The Voice of Israel
Cantor Mordechai Hershman (1888-1940) – Mim’komcho from The Voice of Israel
Cantor Joseph “Yossele” Rosenblatt (1882-1933) – Adoshem Zichoronu from The Voice of Israel
Cantor Adolph Katchko – Kol Nidre (1937), Meyer Machtenberg, choirmaster
Cantor David Roitman – Oshamnu Mikol Om (1937) Sholom Secunda, choirmaster
Cantor Joseph “Yossele” Rosenblatt – Yiddishe Momme from Vitaphone short (1927)
Great Cantors in Cinema (1993) Disc 2
Introduction by Mr. Martin Bookspan
Cantor Joseph “Yossele” Rosenblatt – Selections from Dream of My People (1933)
Cantor Moshe Koussevitsky (1899-1966) – Keyl Male Rachamim from We Who Remain (1946)
Cantor Mordechai Hershman – HaYom Haras Olom from The Voice of Israel (1931)
Cantor Moishe Oysher (1907-1958) – Hin’ni and Kol Nidre from Overture to Glory (1940)
Cantor Louis “Leibele” Waldman (1907-1969) – A Cantor on Trial (1931), music by Sholom Secunda
Cantor Moishe Oysher – Aneinu from Overture to Glory
Cantor Moishe Oysher – Sabbath Kiddush (conclusion) from Singing in the Dark (1956); Abraham Nadel, choirmaster
Cantor Moshe Koussevitsky – Viy’rushalayim Ircho from private film (1956)
Cantor Joseph “Yossele” Rosenblatt – Yohrzeit from Vitaphone short (1927)
Selected Film Festival Screenings
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival Reel Film Series (2013)
Cape Town/ Johannesburg Yiddish Film Festival (2008)
Press Release (PDF)
The Jewish Advocate (PDF)
The Journal of Synagogue Music (PDF)
NCJF Film Restoration
Restoration was completed with funding from American Conference of Cantors, Cantor Assembly Foundation, Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, Toronto Council of Hazzanim, The New England Jewish Music Forum, Jewish Ministers/ Cantors Association of New England, St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music, Peter W.G . Feldman Scholarship Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Arnold L. Sabin in honor of Cantor David Lefkowitz of the Park Avenue Synagogue New York City, Harry & Deborah Stern with additional funding from Anonymous, The Bovenizer Family, The Pimley Family, Lynn Joy & Meyer Sapoff, The Shavel Family, Ricky & Andrew J. Shechtel, The Shepherd Foundation, and Robin & Alan M. Wallack.
Special Thanks to Hazzan Daniel Gildar; Library of Congress MBRS Division, Mike Mashon; Milken Foundation; Advanced Digital Services; Point 360: Kirk Wheeler & Brian Ehrlich; and Barry Serota, Esq.
Great Cantors of the Golden Age
Hosted by Dr. Max Wohlberg
Great Cantors in Cinema
Narrated by Martin Bookspan
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Also with Leibele Waldman
Also with Moishe Oysher