Classic American Kol Nidre Recordings
Victor Talking Machine Co.
plays the Kol Nidre
As masses of Jewish immigrants poured into the United States in the early years of the twentieth century, a burgeoning business of ethnic music recording was there to greet them. The Victor Talking Machine Company produced hundreds of recordings of Jewish music for the victrolas of new immigrants, including several of classic Jewish New Year liturgical strains, such as this 1913 recording of Kol Nidrey by Cantor Josef Rosenblatt. Kol Nidrey would eventually find its way into American cultural history, appearing in the first sound film, The Jazz Singer.
Yiddishkayt’s own khazones critic, Anthony Russell writes the following about the Rosenblatt recording: