Few music lovers know that Jacques Offenbach, called by Rossini “the Mozart of the Champs Elysées”, drew some of his musical inspiration upon the synagogue chanting he learned as a child from his father Isaac Offenbach (1779-1850), musician, cantor and composer of religious music in the Cologne synagogue, in Germany.
At the time of his arrival in Paris in 1833, and throughout his career, Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) collaborated with other composers, who, like he, evolved from sacred synagogue music to high level lyrical art, that overtook the Parisian scene of the 19th century.
On the occasion of the bicentenary of birth of Jacques Offenbach, this enclosed CD will enable you to discover Hebrew works by Isaac and Jacques Offenbach, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Jules Erlanger, Emile Jonas or Jacques Fromental Halévy (Parisian creation by De profundis / Mimaamakim commissioned in 1820 by Louis XVIII for the death of his nephew the Duke of Berry).
An exceptional recording, accompanied by a sumptuous 32-page booklet, performed by the vocal ensemble La Truite Lyrique and The Hebrew Polyphonies of Strasbourg under the direction of Hector Sabo.
01 – Kihlot yeini – Isaac Offenbach
02 – Ochamnou – Jacques Offenbach
03 – Cantate de mariage – Emile Jonas
04 – Ouvnouho yomar – Giacomo Meyerbeer
05 – Mimaamakim (Ps. 130) – Chœur – Fromental Halévy