Reviews of Volume I:
"...I listened to your CD today. It's wonderful. Kol Hakavod! I like the arrangements, the singing is in tune and it's admirably subtle. And Zelermyer is fabulous: clear, appropriate and tasteful.
Thanks for sharing it with me. I'd like to recommend the CD to my students..."
Joshua R. Jacobson, Conductor of the Zamir Choral of Boston, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University.
"...The Music of Shaar Hashomayim: loved, it, loved it, LOVED IT! Now I want to come to Montreal! The arrangements are beautiful and the men sound great. What a great contribution to the world of synagogue music. Kol HaKavod!"
Eleanor Epstein, conductor, arranger and Artistic Director of Zemer Chai, Washington D.C.
"...The sound is amazing and I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a spiritual sound. You have made a small group of men sound amazingly angelic. Of course, Gideon is just an amazing cantor with a real feel and sensitivity that is often so lacking. Looking forward to Volume II..."
Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, Marble Arch Synagogue, London, England
"...I have just received the CD and I am blown away. It is, quite simply, the most beautiful, poised, enjoyable and satisfying recording of Jewish liturgical music I have ever heard. You must be so proud. It oozes with the expression of all you have ever told me you wanted from a chazan, choir and recording professionals and I am so pleased that you have found your definitive combination after all these years.
May this be the first of many recordings and may it bring you the recognition you so richly deserve as a true maestro of this musical form..."
Adam Cohen, Film Producer/Director, London, England
"...The CD is an utterly magnificent artistic achievement! The inspired conceptualization of the treatment of each piece, the vocal artistry, the choral conducting, and the choir's performance - every aspect is at the highest level of quality and taste and contributes to making this CD a stunningly beautiful and moving piece of musical and religious art..."
Cantor Ralph Schlossberg, composer of the title track.
"...The Shehecheyanu is without doubt, the most beautiful arrangement I have ever heard. It fills me with awe and joy, and I can't stop listening and singing along.
All of the cantorial pieces are chanted with clarity, correct Hebrew pronunciation and passion. Yishar Koach, I will listen to this album for years and years!...
Rabbi Mel Glazer, Temple Shalom, Colorado Springs, CO