Tonight marks the beginning of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar known as Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. In honor of the holiday, I’d like to share a gorgeous performance of Kol Nidre, Op. 47, arranged by Max Bruch. Cello soloist Misha Maisky performs the piece with the UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. The original Kol Nidre is part of a prayer service held on Yom Kippur eve. According to myjewishlearning.com, “all of the Torahs are taken out, the entire congregation stands, and the cantor chants this formula three times”. The arrangement by Max Bruch consists of two Hebrew melodies, the first of which is derived from the Kol Nidre chant.
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