Life cycle and other works
5th CD IN THE “CLASSICAL MUSIC” COLLECTION
Composers, who dedicate a large part of their work to Jewish liturgical music, are quite rare. Itaï Daniel, French-Israeli pianist, conductor and composer, is one of them. After serious musical studies in Israel and in the USA, he settled in Paris in 2004 to write music. Since 2009, he conducts the Choral Copernic Ensemble in Paris, an ensemble reputed to be nowadays one of the best Jewish choirs in Europe.
Author of many works, Itaï Daniel’s music sways between classicism and modernity, in a unique blend which gives it a particular flavour. A large part of his work is linked to vocal music of Jewish inspiration. His compositions for chorus include prayers such as Yotzer, Hashkiveinou, Shema Koleinou, Hevenou Shalom Aleichem, Kaddish, Kol Nidrei, Osse Shalom… He also composed three great cantatas for choir: Mahzor Hayim (2006), Shema Koleinou (2007) and Bereshit (2008), and over twenty Jewish melodies for voice and solo piano.
This beautiful disc, performed by Itaï Daniel, Anne-Sophie Durand, Aviva Timonier, Yska Benzakoun, Thomas Macfarlane, François Olivier and the Francis Bardot choirs transports us to the depths of the Jewish soul.
A sensitive and rare discovery.
This CD was made with the support of the Fondation du Judaïsme Français, and the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, the Foundation Irène and Jacques Darmon, under the aegis of the FJF, and of the Alliance Israélite Universelle.
- Read Itaï Daniel’s biography
- Watch a video of a concert of Itaï Daniel
- Listen to Lea Moscona’s radio program about the Mahzor Hayim (in French)