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Shmuel Barzilai

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Occupation(s)  Cantor
Education  University of Vienna
Role  Tenor
Name  Shmuel Barzilai
Instruments  Tenor vocals

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Born  June 3, 1957 (age 58) Jerusalem, Israel (1957-06-03)
Associated acts  Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien
Website  www.cantor-barzilai.com
Books  Chassidic Ecstasy in Music
Albums  A New Light, Song of Prayer, Song and Prayer, Areshet Sefateinu
Similar People  Salomon Sulzer, Yossele Rosenblatt, Naftali Hershtik, Vienna Boys' Choir, Shlomo Carlebach

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Shmuel Barzilai (born June 3, 1957, born in Jerusalem, Israel), is the chief cantor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien. Barzilai has a lyrical tenor voice, and studied under cantor Moshe Stern in the Tel Aviv Institute for Cantorial Art. He was in the first graduating class of the Institute, which was established under former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat. Barzilai has served as the chief cantor in Vienna since 1992, and frequently tours throughout Europe.

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He is a son of Rav Cantor Shlomo Barzilai, a great Modzitz fan, and Frida Lea Barzilai (A"H). Singer/Songwriter Yair Barzilai is his son. Rav Mordechai Barzilai is his brother.

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Discography

  • "Das Lied der Lieder; Festgesänge des Wiener Stadttempels", Jüdisches Museum Wien, ÖRF (1993)
  • "Schir Zion" (composed by Salomon Sulzer), Jüdisches Museum Wien, ORF (1996)
  • "Best Chasidic" (1996)
  • "Live in Concert: אב הרחמים"
  • "Shalom" (1999; with Hanan Bar Sela (חנן בַּר סלע), Arie Braun (אריה בְּראון); jacket design by Dvora Barzilai
  • "Wiener Sängerknaben & Oberkantor Shmuel Barzilai", ORF (2000)
  • "The Symphony of Prayer; סימְפוֹניה שֶׁל תְפילה", ORF (2003; conducting by Elli Jaffe)
  • Literary works

  • "Die Kantilationen des Oberkantors Abraham Daniel Adler (1916-2003)" ("Cantillation of Abraham D. Adler"), Martin Czernin (editor), with Christina Haydn-Koch/Robert Singer, Thomas Dombrowski; Peter Lang, Frankfurt (July 2006), ISBN 3-631-38947-7
  • Musik und Ekstase (Hitlahavut) im Chassidismus ("Music and Ecstasy (Hebrew: הִתְלַהֲבוּת‎‎) in Hassidism"); Peter Lang, Frankfurt (August 2007); ISBN 3-631-55666-7
  • Music as The Drive and Manifestation of Chassidic Ecstasy (Hitlahavut); From Hebrew: Seree (Cohen) Zohar; (Israel, January 2009)
  • References

    Shmuel Barzilai Wikipedia


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