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Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559410
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Hanukka, the Festival of Dedication, is celebrated by Jews everywhere to commemorate the heroic Maccabean victory in 165 B.C.E. over the Greco-Syrians in the fight for religious freedom. It marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the legend of the miraculous eight-day endurance of the light in the candelabrum. Traditional Hanukka songs from many parts of the world, along with music composed in America, enrich the experience of this beloved holiday. This recording brings old favorites and new discoveries together for a unique American Hanukka celebration.


Review By The Electric Review,March 2005

"…Samuel Adler's 'The Flames of Freedom' is absolutely stunning: melodious and subtle, sending wild bursts of shivers up all sides of the spine."

Review By Town & Village,March 2005

"The performances are first-rate by a variety of ensembles... don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the CD."

Review By Michael Barnes,XL (the weekly magazine of the Austin American-Statesman),December 2004

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is a not-so-minor miracle. For the faithful, the archive's Naxos-label CD series -- 30 releases so far -- broadens and deepens an understanding of Jewish heritage in this country. For goyim like myself, the CDs serve as musical windows onto centuries-old traditions sometimes screened off from the general public. As Hanukkah continues, I reach for Milken's "A Hanukka Celebration" (transliterated from Hebrew without the second "h"). The generous liner notes sketch the Festival of Lights' history from the Jewish victories against the Seleucid Empire in the second century B.C. to modern-day American celebrations. Raymond Goldstein's lovely candle-lighting benedictions introduce this anthology with simple harmonies and


Review By Albuquerque Journal,December 2003

"At once a special and remarkable music CD. It is both because the recording contains largely orchestra and choral groups performing works for the Jewish festival of rededication. And the target audience for these works is not children, but people of any age or religion who want to hear well-written liturgical and secular music keyed to a centuries-old holiday. The first three cuts, by 20th-century composers Raymond Goldstein, Hugo Adler and Aaron Miller, refer to the holiday's primary observance of the eight-day holiday -- the at-home lighting of candles. Among the other works on the CD are a cantata, a series of a cappella choral pieces called "Six Madrigals," a song based on a poignant poem written in Yiddish and a piece for large wind ensemble. The variety of settings deepens



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