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K'vakarat (1994): Reviews
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...In K'vakarat, a traditional melody from the Jewish High Holy Day prayer service is surrounded by a string accompaniment that evolves remarkably. Its quiet stasis at first suggests the image of electric charges dancing on a wire, but by the end of the setting, the string writing is vehement and explosive. Morton Shames, a cantor, sang the text passionately but with a refinement that seemed an anchor within the increasingly wild string writing.

—Allan Kozinn, The New York Times



Exquisite...(a) contemporary classic of musical Judaica...uses the traditional Ashkenazic melody as its basis but cloaks it in a string quartet texture rich in shimmering and sometimes eerie mystery.

The New York Times