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Sound Read Six

Oh my god ! This masterpiece is really magnificent. The artist's voice is truly inspiring. The melody and rhythm are extremely beautiful. The balance of melody and rhythm is really wonderful. The cover of the song is really amazing. I will definitely add this fantastic artwork to our playlist.


Your song is like a musical painting that comes to life with every note. Your attention to detail and the way you create vivid imagery are simply awe-inspiring. I'm absolutely enchanted.

Wow !The inspiring voice of the artist impressed me a lot. The lyrics are artistically written. The melody is very attractive and the rhythm is very amazing. The name of the song is a perfect choice. The cover of the song has been professionally designed. I will add this song to the hype playlist.

A Sentimental Sing-A-Long From Israel With Gilad And As Time Goes By

An assembly of instruments breathe life into the song with immediate effect as piano and cello lead the melody outward. Thoughtful notes combine in a moody and wistful mosey through conjure and collaboration. Gilad enters with his voice, meaningful and empathic, his words sink in like fruit into cake leaving no space unflavoured as the atmosphere expands over time. Build-ups and breakdowns leave a spiralling force of music that grasps at the dream with eager fingers, idyllic and reminiscent, a love-song for any generation and one we can all sing to as well.

As founder and conductor of the region’s first all-professional concert choir, it  is a privilege to write in strong support of the artistic merit of the work of composer Gilad Hesseg. My exposure to Mr. Hesseg is through his choral ballad “Annabel Lee,” words of Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Hesseg sent me a score and recording some three years ago, and I was immediately so captivated by this music that I listened to it  countless times in quick succession and programmed it at the first possible  opportunity. The music is dynamic, fresh, and engaging, marked by a youthful vigor and passion  that in fact are hallmarks of the poem itself.  The  rehearsal of the work was embraced with diligence and delight by our singers and pianist (who himself expressed immediate and exuberant appreciation for the work) and was enthusiastically received by the audience who heard our presentation of it in the Fall of 2008. It is a pleasure to note that I have programmed the work again for a CONCORA concert entitled “CONCORA in Love” on  February 12, 2012. I welcome the opportunity of hearing and performing more of Mr. Hesseg’s work, and I extend all good wishes in the publication of the upcoming recording Hidden Flame.
Richard Coffey


Maestro Richard Coffey


Maestro Stanley Sperber

Five  years ago I was introduced to Gilad Hesseg by his brother Tommer who is himself an extremely talented musician. I heard a few of Gilad's songs, thoroughly enjoyed them and as a result invited him to write a piece for the Jerusalem  Academy Chamber Choir, a semi-professional mixed choir of 30 voices. Although  the choir concentrates on a classical repertoire, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to perform something in a different style. Gilad's composition of  Annabel Lee far exceeded my rosiest expectations. His setting of the well-known poem of Edgar Allen Poe is highly dramatic and poignant. He most definitely understands the voice and although he makes serious demands on the singers his writing is always idiomatic and convincing. What I thought at first would be a  relatively easy Folk  song for choir, turned out to be an artistic triumph in the full sense of the  expression. After 'passing' the initial 'test' of the performers the piece became a hit with audiences throughout the country. I have also had the opportunity to hear Gilad as a performer and he is a very  moving singer in his own right. 

Stanley Sperber

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