Louis G. Danto
Moshe Ginz
Marshall Loomer

Cantor Louis Danto

''A voice of great beauty, clear and true...breathtaking, radiant, as though from another world''.

Allan Rich, New York Times (USA)

Cantor remembered for musical talent and giving nature
By FRANCES KRAFT , Candian Jewish News
Thursday, 29 July 2010

TORONTO - Cantor Louis Harry Danto, world-renowned cantor emeritus of Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, died last Friday morning (July 23, 2010) at Toronto’s Baycrest Hospital of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 81.
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George Jelinek, a distinguished broadcaster and music critic for Stereo Review magazine (USA), in a rave review about tenor Louis Danto, stated that ''No other tenor under contract to a major U.S. opera company today can duplicate such technique and overall control''. Copies of concert programs from Louis Danto's concerts at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall are available for viewing by clicking here.

Danto's uncommon vocal talents were already recognized, while still a student in Rome, by Gigli and Schipa, who heralded him as a major discovery in the tradition of the great bel canto tenors.

Born in Suwalki, Poland, he studied voice and cello in the conservatory of Minsk and later of Lodz. While still a child, he won first prize in the All-Russia voice competition. Louis Danto soon became internationally recognized, for the rare beauty and purity of his voice, its mastery, power and control, and for his breathtaking emotional expressivity.

Critics and audiences find him equally impressive in the Italian, Russian, and French opera repertoire, as well as in the Yiddish and cantorial music of which he is one of the world's all-time leading exponents. Louis Danto concertizes extensively throughout North America, Europe and Israel, and has recorded 19 highly acclaimed solo albums for RCA, DaCamera, Musical Heritage Society, and Cadenza.

He was the featured performer in a recent gala Thanksgiving service held at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. Among the 16,000 enthusiastic audience were HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip. Both congratulated and thanked him personally.

Numerous leading contemporary composers have written for, and dedicated their works to Louis Danto. In addition, he is a researcher and a champion of rare and unusual repertoire: during his 1989 East-European tour (of concerts in Moscow, Leningrad, Odessa, Kiev and Budapest) he discovered the manuscripts of many songs from the long-lost original classics of Jewish music, several of which he recorded for the first time on his ''Gems of the Jewish Operetta'' and ''Masters of the Jewish Art Song/The St. Petersburg School''.

His recent work includes ''Arias and Songs of Love'', made during his 1995 concert tour of Europe, recorded with the State Opera of Prague and ''I Heard a Voice From Heaven'' recorded with noted violist Rivka Golani, both released in the spring of 1996.

In December 1997 he released a new C.D., ''Music From The Soul of a People''. In February 1998, Cantor Louis Danto received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Internet Shop
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The Recordings of Louis Danto

Louis Danto in Recital, New York and Vienna
2 CD set, recorded at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Mahler Symphony Hall in 1961 and 1965 (click to view programs from concerts)
Cadenza 115
The Best of Louis Danto (Compilation) Cadenza 114
Louis Danto Salutes Israel (Folk) Cadenza 113/MHS 1781
Music from the Soul of a People (Liturgical) Cadenza 112
Arias and Songs of Love
(French, Italian, Russian, English, Spanish, German)
Cadenza 111
I Heard a Voice From Heaven (Liturgical: Hebrew, Ladino)
With Rivka Golani, viola
Cadenza 110
Masters of the Jewish Art Song/The St. Petersburg School (Yiddish) Cadenza 109
Gems of The Jewish Operetta (Yiddish) Cadenza 108
Russian Art & Folk Songs (Russian) Period Records RL 1939/
Cadenza 107

The Art of Cantor Louis Danto (Cantorial)
*selections from ''The Art of Cantor Louis Danto'' (Cadenza Records LR106) are included on the compact disk version of ''Prayers of My People'' (Cadenza Records LRCD101)
Cadenza 106
None But the Lonely Heart (French, German & Russian) MHS 3276/Cadenza 105
Favourite Jewish Songs (Yiddish) Cadenza 104
Songs of Holocaust and Heroism (Yiddish) Cadenza 103
Come Back to Sorrento (Italian) Cadenza 102
Prayers of My People (Cantorial)
*selections from ''The Art of Cantor Louis Danto'' (Cadenza Records LR106) are included on the compact disk version of ''Prayers of My People'' (Cadenza Records LRCD101)
Cadenza 101
Russian Romantic Songs (Russian) Da Camera TSM 9001
/Cadenza 100

Song of My People (Yiddish) Sound Path
Records SP009

Psalms of Israel, Hallel Oratorios (Hebrew) MHS 1709
Israeli Composers (Hebrew)
Set of 2 CDs
MHS 1653/54
Musical Moments with Cantor Louis Danto
50 Years of Musical Treasures - 4 CD set
LRCD 120
Louis Danto: Live in Concert
A Life of Music - 2 DVD set
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