Cantor Josef Rosenblatt

Josef Rosenblatt sings El mole rachmim
In RA Format

Josef Rosenblatt sings R'tze asirosom
In RA Format

Josef Rosenblatt, lovingly nicknamed Yossele by his many admirers; born May 2nd, 1882 in Belaya Tserkov/Ukraina the son of a cantor, died June 18th, 1933 in Jerusalem, where he was supposed to shoot a film. Together with Gershon Sirota, the most famous cantor of his and maybe of all times; even on record, Rosenblatt's enormous charisma is obvious, while on the level of pure singing, he was not quite a competition for Sirota. He was orthodox enough to decline all offers to sing in opera, but he did appear in movies, and toured vaudeville theatres throughout the USA - and he also sang operatic arias at the Carnegie Hall, but didn't unfortunately record any, Massenet's Élégie - in baritone key! - being his only recording of classical music. He served as a cantor in Hungary and Germany (in Hamburg, more precisely) before taking up a post at a New York synagogue in 1911, when his records had already earned him world-wide fame. For his exhaustive biography, see the Link. El mole rachmim is the Jewish mourner's prayer; Rosenblatt wrote this version for the victims of the Titanic disaster. )

Rosenblatt as Baritone
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.

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