Adolphe Attia

Jewish Liturgies

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Liturgical music of any kind is impossible to criticize. It is what it is, an expression of faith, and has to be taken as such. All that one can comment upon is the performance -- and in this case it's nothing short of wonderful. Adolphe Attia sings with a remarkable clarity. This compilation from other albums featuring Attia is certainly replete with outstanding performances, and the accompaniments -- mostly on organ, although one piece uses harp -- are very sympathetic, providing a foundation for the voice. The choir on "Hachivenou" and "Kevakorass" is lovely, but unnecessary; Attia alone is enough. There's a classicism about what he does that's often majestic, but he brings something towering to the music and holy words. It makes for a marvelous meeting, and some thrilling, satisfying listening, even for the most committed atheist.

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