Jul 29, 2015
Teens Duet on Piano, Cello

Chabad teenagers Gavriel Eagle and Pinchas Antal collaborated on a piano and cello duet of the niggun "Tzamah L'Cha Nafshi."

By COLlive reporter

Earlier this summer Gavriel Eagle of Baltimore joined Pinchas Antal in his hometown of Montreal for a couple weeks of musical collaboration. Theirs was a meeting that was always meant to be.

Gavriel, 13, has been studying and playing the cello since he was seven, though if you ask anybody in his family they would tell you that’s when they started playing music, too. His musical schedule is rigorous: up to two hours daily.

Pinchas, 14, has been playing piano for only four years – it all started with a routine piano lesson all good Jewish parents, or in this case grandparents, take each of their children to – but has since quickly displayed unusual musical talent, spending hours each day at his grand piano.

Beyond their similar musical backgrounds both Gavriel and Pinchas come from Lubavitch homes, and so it only made sense that they get together to explore the music and chassidic heritage they have in common.

The best way to do this, of course, would be to collaborate on a piano and cello duet of a Lubavitch niggun. Problem was, very little if any such arrangements were to be found.

Enter Maestro Israel Edelson, who generously agreed to write an arrangement of the niggun, "Tzamah L'Cha Nafshi," for them to use.

Apprehensive at first to write such a piece for younger musicians, Edelson was impressed by the talent, skill and, above all, sensitivity with which they put the piece together in the limited time at their disposal.

The way he sees it, this is but one more way of hafotzos ha’ma’ayonos: spreading the beauty and depth of the niggun’s wellsprings in a way only these instruments can.

Before parting ways Gavriel and Pinchas agreed to have a private rehearsal of their duet filmed. Hopefully only the beginning of their collaboration, we invite you to take a moment and be moved by their soul-stirring music.


Comments: mordy@sympatico.ca



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1
Our Gavriel
A Baltimore star....!
(7/29/2015 2:05:33 PM)
2
Wow beautiful!
They are both extremely talented and will go far in life.
(7/29/2015 2:07:20 PM)
3
WOW!!!!!
This is one of my favorite negunnin, and a soulful one. You've taken your incredible talent and made good use of it!! Would love to see more peices like these.
(7/29/2015 2:57:32 PM)
4
Amazing
Beautiful!!!! Hatzlacha raba!!!
(7/29/2015 2:58:55 PM)
5
beautiful!
wow!!!!!!
(7/29/2015 3:18:47 PM)
6
Incredible!!!
please make more videos
(7/29/2015 4:41:50 PM)
7
Brilliant!!
Amazing to see such talent, keep up the amazing work. The hours you spend practicing will be well rewarded!!
(7/29/2015 4:44:22 PM)
8
Unbelievable!!
Wow!!!
(7/29/2015 6:00:47 PM)
9
A niggun is the pen of the soul
The Alter Rebbe said this and these two talented Bochurim prove it
I am impressed not only by their playing abilities but by their eideler chassidisha demeanor
(7/29/2015 6:17:37 PM)
10
such Neshama
May you use your talents from Hashem to bring happiness to others
(7/29/2015 6:37:13 PM)
11
sounds great
I think these two prodigies belong playing at Carnegie Hall.
I dont think their is any other video like this even with ADULTS!
Its so clear and professional.
Keep it up . Would love to hear some more.
(7/29/2015 7:49:31 PM)
12
Wow!
Such a melody!!!!
(7/29/2015 8:15:04 PM)
13
Beautiful
Yasher koach. So beautifully done.

-the Rosenblats
(7/29/2015 9:10:58 PM)
14
Beautifully played
Such beautiful way to make this nigun penetrate the soul.
(7/29/2015 9:17:43 PM)
15
Im Mesmerized!!
Pinchas, mountain sights is proud of u & Gavriel!
a neighbor
(7/29/2015 10:06:54 PM)
16
so lovely
a tefila in music. Thank you so much!
(7/29/2015 10:14:00 PM)
17
Kessler Family...LB-LA
Beautifully played...
Touched our Neshamas...
Yasher Koach...
Moshiach...these yingelach are calling you!
(7/30/2015 12:52:28 AM)
18
Yasher koach
Just gorgeous. So hartzik and played so well. Hatzlocho Raba
(7/30/2015 4:01:59 AM)
19
This touched me
I would like them to make a music C-D of Lubavitcher Niggunum
(7/30/2015 8:42:38 AM)
20
Hashem's Blessings
Much nachas to their parents and families! Thank u for sharing their talents with all of us. You boys are phenomenal ka'h!!
(7/30/2015 9:04:08 AM)
21
beautiful
wow...
(7/30/2015 9:08:20 AM)
22
so moving
True talent
(7/30/2015 9:23:39 AM)
23
Kein Yirbu
Chasidishe Nachas
(7/30/2015 10:42:22 AM)
24
Wow!
Great skills from such young musicians and beautiful arrangements from the Maestro!

Choni Teitelbaum
(7/30/2015 1:54:58 PM)
25
Arleen
What wonderfully talented young men. Both families should be very proud. Mazel tov
(7/30/2015 8:30:32 PM)
26
beatiful
kol hakavod!!
(7/31/2015 2:41:51 AM)
27
wow!
Gorgeous!
(8/3/2015 6:31:07 AM)
28
s. kats
Beautiful arrangement and chords.
Your sister Toby a"h (whose yahrtzeit is tonight I believe) would be proud. I remember her playing violin back in high school.
(8/4/2015 2:22:57 AM)
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