Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival





This fourth album in the Toccata ‘Russian Jewish Classics’ series is devoted to one of the founding members of the influential Society for Jewish Folk Music in St Petersburg, Solomon Rosowsky (1878–1962). The son of a prominent cantor, Rosowsky was an eminent scholar of synagogue chant in his own right, but his instrumental and vocal chamber music reveals much wider influences, ancient and modern. From a whirling showpiece for piano trio via tender lullabies to the Mediterranean desert evoked in the Biblical drama Jacob and Rachel, Rosowsky’s music embraces the rich and varied heritage of the Jewish people.


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Sari Gruber, soprano

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival

Damian Bursill-Hall, flute and piccolo

Beverly Crawford, flute

Scott Bell, oboe and cor anglais

Rita Mitsel, oboe

Ron Samuels, clarinet

Philip Pandolfi, bassoon

James Rodgers, bassoon

George Willis, percussion

Nurit Pacht, violin

Aron Zelkowicz, cello

Luz Manriquez, piano

Anastasia Seifetdinova

Natasha Snitkovsky, piano




"The musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival celebrate the richness and varied legacy of Jewish tradition.  A wonderful CD."

- Opera Nederland

(Recording of the month, May 2018)



"The music on this disc is a joy to listen to...The disc is enhanced by very warm and well-balanced sound, along with very helpful and informative notes by Samuel Zerin".

- Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine



"Production values here are dedicated, from the documentation to the recording and performances, and ensure the continuing value of this release and the series in general."

- Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb International