Shoshana Michel | Soul Whispers

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Soul Whispers

by Shoshana Michel

Beautiful piano solo arrangements of Chabad nigunim that stir the heart and touch the soul.
Genre: Spiritual: Chassidic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anim Z’miros
3:48 $0.99
2. Ki Hinei Kachomer
4:53 $0.99
3. Shamil
4:18 $0.99
4. Rostover Nigun
6:49 $0.99
5. Ya'ale Tachanuneinu
4:26 $0.99
6. Nigun L’shabbos V’yom Tov I
4:38 $0.99
7. V’nislach
4:08 $0.99
8. Nigun Hachono
5:31 $0.99
9. Nigun L’shabbos V’yom Tov II
5:32 $0.99
10. Shabbos Nigun
7:41 $0.99
11. Ani Ma’amim
6:10 $0.99
12. Nigun L’shabbos V’yom Tov III
8:12 $0.99
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Soul Whispers" is the debut recording by pianist Shoshana Michel. She has arranged and performed a beautiful collection of twelve soothing Jewish melodies (public domain) for solo piano. These songs are also known as Chabad Nigunim. Elegantly and soulfully performed, the music is relaxing and spiritually uplifting whether or not you are of the Jewish faith or culture. Shoshana Michel has been playing the piano since she was a child and this music is obviously very dear to her heart. Jewish music tends to be in minor keys with a melancholy feeling to them - distinctive and very emotionally stirring. Shoshana Michel’s arrangements are full and rich, but they are not overly embellished or flashy, allowing the haunting melodies to stand on their own and speak their messages without a lot of fanfare. Her arrangements have a contemporary sound while honoring the deep and ancient traditions of the music. It is requested in the liner notes that this music not be played on Shabbat or Yom Tov (Jewish holidays with similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal "work" is forbidden). I’m not sure if that is because of the nature of the music or if listening to music is restricted during those times. All of the titles are Jewish and trying to find translations has been unsuccessful, giving non-Jewish listeners the option to interpret the music in whatever way it speaks to them. If you enjoy lovely spiritual solo piano music, I’m quite sure you’ll thoroughly love "Soul Whispers."
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Darla Bower

Reviewed By Enlightened Piano Radio
In her debut CD, Shoshana Michel recorded and performed a heartfelt collection of twelve (12) Jewish arrangements titled Soul Whispers. These Jewish melodies are also called Chabad Nigunim that as the CD says “nourish the soul.” My interpretation of what Chabad Nigunim means is – songs of the people. A particular people – the Jews in Russia. Ms. Michel fell in love with Chabad Nigunim and desired to share these lovely melodies. Ms. Michel is classically trained, starting lessons as a child and plays ragtime piano professionally. For more in depth biographical information, please be sure to visit her website- www.shoshanamusic.com.
Each piece is steeped in ancient tradition and speaks of an ancient story. My experience with Jewish pieces is that they tend to be written in minor keys which give them hauntingly beautiful tones and rich melodies. I find the arrangements on Soul Whispers to be very rich in melodic tone and texture illustrating a piano story of Jewish journey. These melodies are emotive and contemporary in sound while honoring a deep ancient tradition and heritage. The word Nigun is named in several of the titles and means “melodies without words.” Several tracks are particularly noteworthy and worth mention. Shamil -track number 3 is the story of Shamil, a leader who led his people with honor and speaks of his captivity and longing for freedom. I love the arpeggios throughout this lament of longing. These arpeggiatos are skillfully woven in this arrangement and lend to its emotional and spiritual impact. Nigun L’Shabbos V’Yom Tov I, II, and III (tracks 6, 9, and 12) heralds like a movement of three parts with each part provoking a melodic blend of spiritual reflection and songs of holidays or “holy days” with each being a “good day.” Nigun L’Shabbos V’Yom Tov III (track 12) is the completion of the movement and a powerful display of beautiful chords with unexpected notes in several phrases grabbing the attention of the listener. This piece in its entirety is both reverent and spiritually reflective at the hands of this master artist.
Upon speaking with Ms. Michel; her desire is for these beautiful melodies to promote healing and bring calmness to the listener which I believe was accomplished thoroughly in this musical delight. If the listener is looking for a spiritual experience then look no further because Soul Whispers delivers a profoundly spiritual and uplifting experience. I love that this work of art opens our hearts with a longing to understand another culture while appealing to everyone on life’s journey. Indeed, Soul Whispers can whisper to your soul. I highly recommend this beautiful CD. Soul Whispers is available from www.shoshanamusic.com, Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes.
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Sarah

Beautiful Music!!!
This is one of my favorite CDs! The music is played with so much emotion. It comes from the heart and touches the soul. Thank you, Shoshana for bringing more beautiful music into this world!
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Breindy

Amazing!
Shoshana's music is beautiful, uplifting and moving. It takes you on a spiritual journey.
I Highly recommend it!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

An art gallery of music
Shoshana Michels album Soul Whispers is a story of the Jews in Russia, an album which opens with a piece that has a sense of deep desire within, but with a mournful hunger, like an aching to be connected with the one. This will capture your feelings and it’s called Ani Z’miros.
Ki Hinei Kachomer is next, the light notes and subtleties on this incredibly performed track are so delicate at times, and in a way quite submissive in its arrangement.
The story of Shamil is told in this next piece with the same title, it’s the story of a leader who led his people with a deep sense of loyalty and honour, but his captures were not so honourable. This lament finds Shamil gazing out of his prison cell into the vastness of the mountain ranges beyond. Michel’s piano is his longing and desire to be free once more, but she also illustrates perfectly his hope in the comfort that knowing one day; he will fly as free as an eagle across those white peaks.
Rostover Nigun is a composition where you can find both a combination of power and grace, and a deep meaningful expression of significance. Once again we can hear and feel that penetrating perception of exploring ones soul to the deepest level; this is an extremely profound and moving piece.
Ya’ale Tachanuneinu is next, a deep passionate piece, you can almost feel a plea to be heard from the performance here, but there is also an underpinned sense of wisdom to be found in this arrangement, this is indeed a cleverly composed track.
Nigun L'Shabbos V'Yom Tov I is a soothing melody, that has a real, life force energy about it, the intricate performance cleverly plays with dark and light, but portrays with the ease of a master artist, an essence of softness and openness about the composition.
V’Nislach is one very sombre but deeply respectful song and has a melody that floats with ease around the mind. There is a real sense of honesty and openness about this piece. Michel has also added a feeling of grandeur here and there is a definite and heartfelt interplay of narrative in this quite stunning composition.
Nigun Hachono has a feeling of blissful ambience about it, Shoshana Michel has created a really wide open composition with a delightful slow tempo, a meditative slice of heaven.
Nigun L’Shabbos V’Yom Tov II could almost be described as the second part of a great movement, of which a third will round off the album, you have a second chance for more reflection within this quite stunning opus.
Shabbos Nigun this is a moving and deeply respectful performance, the melody gives a feeling of experience and an energy of the ages. The negative refrains here paint a picture of a deep yearning of the soul. This three part movement is a pleasurable moment of musical heritage.
Ani Ma'amin is a deeply emotional tale about the death or murder of one Reb Fastag, and his journey to the death camps, at the hands of the Nazi’s. Within this music, Michel performs a song that perhaps Fastag would have taken great solace in and may even have taken this with him on his journey of despair and then reunification with the universal oneness that unites us all.
Nigun L’Shabbos V’Yom Tov III is the completion of this three part work, it’s supremely lifting and a delight to listen to, just what’s needed after the emotive pain of the last arrangement and I know you will revel in its power and purpose as well, this is so confidently played.
Soul Whisper’s must be one of the most moving albums I have listened to for some time and Shoshana Michel has not only honoured her ancestors, but created a wonderful art gallery of music for us to wonder through at our leisure, though this music we can gain an understanding of culture, of respect, of a spiritual love and of oneness, do you really need any further motivation to buy this album?
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Yael

Relaxing & uplifting music by a master pianist
Master pianist Shoshana Michel has created a lovely collection of classical piano arrangements based on Chassidic melodies (niggunim). Her playing is graceful and flowing and her tone is rich and resonant (thanks to her technique but also thanks to the high-quality recording and production). The total effect really does touch your soul.

I love this CD and I have it in regular rotation for car rides, to relax and enjoy the drive, and to sing along with the familiar melodies with beautiful piano backing me up! It's also a great mood-fixer for children. Everyone immediately takes a deep breath and feels calmer when I play it.

Shoshana's music would create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding reception (or other occasion). My daughter will actually be getting married in a few weeks and this is one of two CDs that we plan to use during quieter moments between live music sets.

I've wanted a more "listenable" form of these niggunim for years. They should feel meditative and uplifting. These piano renditions are very easy on the ears, and for me, listening to them makes me feel transported to a soulful place, as niggunim should do.

Whether or not you are already familiar with the melodies, I think everyone would enjoy these gorgeous performances and feel moved by them. The heart and soul of this music is the niggunim, but it is also just beautiful classical-style music.
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