Mikhail Alexandrovich

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For the 14th century Prince of Tver, see Mikhail II of Tver.

Mikhail Davidovich Alexandrovich (23 July 1914, Bērzpils, Vitebsk Governorate - 3 July 2002, Munich) was a Latvian tenor, and cantor, internationally acclaimed as a fine performer of classical and popular repertoire in several languages.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Mikhail Alexandrovich, or Misha, was born on the 23 of July 1914,in the village of Bērzpils, Vitebsk Governorate (now part of Balvi Municipality, Latvia).

From 1920-1926, aged six to twelve, he gained popularity as a child prodigy. He studied at and graduated from the Riga Conservatory. For a long time he was a cantor at synagogues in Riga, Manchester and Kaunas. From 1940 onwards he was a concert and chamber music singer in the USSR. He emigrated to live in Israel from 1971 to 1974, then to the United States from 1975 to 1990, and from 1990 until his death he lived in Germany.

The Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov wrote a version of "K'vakarat" (text from the prayer of Yom Kippur) for cantor Misha Alexandrovich and the Kronos Quartet.

Recordings[edit]

He recorded seventy 78's and LPs with a total circulation of twenty two million copies.

  • CD. The Art of Misha Alexandrovich. Cantorial recitatives, Hebrew and Yiddish songs, classical arias and art songs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobias Shklover. article "In Memory of Misha Alexandrovich" (in Yiddish), Forverts, No.31,401, July 12, 2002, New York, USA
  2. ^ Musica judaica 12 American Society for Jewish Music - 1991