Chassidic Breeze

A world-class virtuoso performance of Chassidic niggunim led by great American Klezmer pros on original Russian folk instruments. This amazingly smooth and gentle-sounding album contains a selection of hand-picked melodies spanning two hundred years of Chassidic music, and captures the essence and delight of these heavenly melodies in the way the ancient Chassidim might have heard them played back in the day.

1. Nigun Rikud
Audio | 3:43
1. Nigun Rikud
A lively dance Niggun often sung at Simchat Torah Hakafot, Chassidic gatherings, and happy occasions.
2. Ashreinu
Audio | 3:17
2. Ashreinu
This old Chabad song was often sung by Reb Shlomo Chaim Kesselman, a beloved Chassidic mentor in Russia, and later in Kfar Chabad, Israel.
3. Mashke
Audio | 4:38
3. Mashke
A spirited Chassidic tune, bursting with joy and drunk with enthusiasm. Originally sung by the Chassid Reb Peretz Mockin and recently popularized by Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, this melody is often sung at weddings and other joyous occasions when spirits are high and also flowing freely.
4. Shabbos V'Yom Tov
This moving and introspective Niggun is often sung as a prelude to the Alter Rebbe's song "Niggun of Four Stanzas." It softens the spirit and opens the heart.
5. Nigun Hisvaadus
This lively melody, in four sections, is generally sung at Chassidic gatherings and other happy occasions.
6. Nigun Gaaguim
Audio | 3:48
6. Nigun Gaaguim
A simple yet deep melody in three parts, giving introspective expression and a deep yearning for religious inspiration and spiritual elevation. This Niggun is of very early origin and is also widely spread among various Chassidic groups.
7. Nigun Simcha
Audio | 1:54
7. Nigun Simcha
One of the oldest lively and joyous Chabad nigunim, often sung at Chassidic gatherings. Its three sections are repeated over and over again until the participants are transported to Chassidic ecstasy.
8. Tal Yasis
Audio | 4:52
8. Tal Yasis
This Chassidic cantorial song was composed by Reb Avraham Charitonov, of Nikolayev Russia, and was sung in Lubavitch during Pesach, 5659 (1899). The tune is set to the words of Tal Yasis, a prayer for dew, recited during Pesach. "Let dew sweeten, like honey, the mountains; let your chosen ones savor Your goodness; deliver Your beloved ones from bondage, so then we will raise our voices and sing sweet songs, with dew."
9. Ochein Atoh
Audio | 4:09
9. Ochein Atoh
A lively melody in two sections expressing devotion and the outpouring of one’s soul to the Almighty, interpreted in the words "Ochein Atoh Kel Misasteir." The inner meaning conveys admiration of the Almighty Who is hidden and unseen, yet present in all of nature’s wonders.
10. Ech Du
Audio | 2:08
10. Ech Du
A Niggun belonging to the class of Chassidic song known as "Fonke" for its distinctive Russian sound. A joyful melody in three sections, it is sung as a dialogue, in an elevated spirit of Chassidic exultation and joy. The melody was popularized by Reb Shmuel Kantaroff, who studied in the Yeshiva in the town of Lubavitch.
11. Nigun Hisvaadus II
This Niggun is often sung before a Chassidic discourse is delivered, setting the mood and opening the hearts of those present. It is a stirring Niggun in three sections. It is sung slowly, reflectively, with a contemplative mind and with fullness of heart, expressing introspection and yearning for spiritual elevation.
12. Nigun Simcha II
A song in three sections often sung at Chassidic gatherings. Attributed to Reb Aaron Sh"uv.
13. Nigun Hisvaadus III
The renowned Chassidic mentor Reb Michoel Blinner used to sing this melody at Chassidic gatherings in the town of Lubavitch. The melody is distinguished for its profundity of content, expressive of intense yearning for spiritual elevation.
14. Nigun Hisvaadus IV
A bright and buoyant song of unknown origin.
15. Klimovitcher Nigun
This rhythmic song originated from Chabad Chassidim in the town of Klimovitch. It was later popularized by the Chassid Reb Rephael Kahn.
16. Nigun Binyomin Althoiz
Like many of the Chassidic songs from Nikolayev this song expresses their trademark ebullience, joy, and enthusiasm. Reb Binyomin Althoiz brought this song to Lubavitch, hence it is named after him.
17. Kol Bayar
Audio | 3:12
17. Kol Bayar
It is said the both the text and the moving melody were composed by the renowned Tzadik, Reb Aryeh Leib, better known as the Shpoler Zeideh (having lived in the town of Shpole in the Ukraine). He was one of the early followers of the Bal Shem Tov, the Founder of Chassidism, and was widely known for his great love and devotion to his fellow Jews. This Niggun is a dialogue between the Almighty Father and His children, the People of Israel.
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