This is my personal list of sites with mp3 and other recordings of nusach and Jewish liturgy. I collected these links because I am deeply interested in the music of Jewish liturgy, and I want to learn every melody there is for everything. I am not likely to ever reach this impossible goal, but this list is my attempt at it, at least!
These resources are arranged by an algorithm that considers how extensive a resource the resource is in each area. This consideration is subjective, but if you are looking for a particular High Holiday tune, you are more likely to find it toward the top of the High Holiday page than the bottom. Resources in gray boxes contain significant non-Ashkenazi nusach, in some cases alongside Ashkenazi nusach and in other cases to its exclusion.
Keep posted, since I add new resources to this list from time to time. I am also working on a larger project, NusachDB, to collect the melodies themselves. If you know of any useful sites not on this list, or notice a miscategorization, please let me know at email@example.com. Notable missing (or not well-covered) recordings include the Saturday night portions of Maariv, Kiddush Levanah, the Hoshanot of Sukkot, the Hakafot and Chatan Torah passages of Simchat Torah, the Al Hanisim paragraph in the Amidah and Birkat Hamazon of Chanukah, Purim, and Yom Haatzmaut (in the Conservative tradition, anyway), the Haggadah chanting of the Magid and others, and, of course, any less famous melodies for well-covered services like Kabbalat Shabbat and Hallel. If you know of any sites with these, please send them along, or hey, record them yourself if you'd like!
Click "Catalogued recordings" to see which recordings or sheet music in a particular site have been added to NusachDB. For the foreseeable future, these do not represent the totality of recordings for most sites, but the lists will get more complete with time.
Please enjoy this list and may it increase your learning.
See my own recording and sheet music for the Haggadah.
1. London Sephardi Congregational Melodies
This is really, really cool. It's a very complete resource for London Sephardic nusach. This main site focuses on congregational melodies, but it links to Shaar Hashamayim for the chanting and the London Sephardi Choir Archive for choral recordings. Here, I consider them all together.
Note: material on all three sites, including all three services chanted, many Kinot sung, all of Eichah
2. The Music of Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia)
A nice Sephardic version of Shabbat musaf as well as some piyyutim and prayers for the high holidays. The audio is streaming, and the text is shown on the page as well for the piyyutim.
Note: many, many Kinot
3. Virtual Cantor
Great site with mp3's of nearly everything. This should always be the first stop. His nusach can be unique, at times, and he has great melodies that are hard to find elsewhere.
In Italian. Huge archive of Italian recordings, including Italian laining, Italian nusach, and classes. There's a lot more there than I've been able to properly categorize, especially without an Italian siddur, so the notes below are (and will probably always be) incomplete.
Note: includes live maariv service
5. Shituf Piyut
In Hebrew. It's a site where users can upload their own recordings of piyutim and make their own piyut-centered pages. There's a ton of stuff on here, in various traditions (emphasis on Moroccan and Yemenite, but there's Ashkenazi as well), with a LOT of non-piyut recordings as well; it's affiliated with Invitation to Piyut, so you know it's good. However, unlike its relative, browsing for anything is an absolute nightmare, since within each occasion, they're ordered by *date*. However, there's much more than just piyutim -- there's laining and tefilah as well, but you have to dig. There's a Google-powered search engine too, which helps.
6. Shaar Binyamin
In Hebrew -- the versions of the page in Spanish and in English are still under construction and do not have all of the features of the Hebrew. This site contains extensive recordings and teachings of the Damascus Sephardic tradition, and there are actually quite a few of them. However, the interface is diffcult to use.
7. Invitation to Piyut
In Hebrew (the English version has the same stuff, but not everything has been translated). Absolutely wonderful collection of piyutim (and regular blessings and psalms too, if you look hard enough) from all over the world. It's extensive and constantly updated.
Note: several sung kinot
9. Shearith Israel
The first congregation in America! It's in the Spanish and Portuguese tradition, and it contains a wealth of recordings, including a complete Shabbat morning service, complete weekday services, complete parshiyot, and much more.
10. K'hal Adas Jeshurun
Very extensive and very specific recordings of a lot of things, in Netherlands and Ashkenazi traditions. Really, really cool.
Note: several Kinot
11. Sfatai R'nanot
In Hebrew. This is an institute for the preservation of the traditions of Libyan Jews, and there are TONS of recordings WITH text! Oh, and they're all neatly organized from the side menu.
12. Sephardic Pizmonim Project
A very thorough archive of pizmonim from Syria that also explains the maqam system, featuring the standard book of Syrian pizmonim and several auxiliary books, with integrated recordings and even videos.
13. National Library of Israel -- Music
In Hebrew -- there's an English page but it has a lot less stuff, so don't use it! Some selections from the library, some of them very nice! They reside at "Compilations", and they span a variety of Jewish musical traditions. Unfortunately, not all of them work at the moment.
14. Torat Adonai T'mimah
A very thorough resource of beautiful Moroccan nusach recordings, including Tehilim, Esther, a lot of High Holiday and Slichot, complete Shabbat services, the Haggadah, Ruth, Azharot, Kohelet, Eichah (check the bar right above the navigation sidebar), and much of Tish'ah B'av (some kinot are missing). It's absolutely great, except that things are completely unlabeled!
15. Torah For Me/123Torah (from Mechon Meir)
A surprisingly large collection of audio classes, including model complete seders, songs (including actually teaching the songs) and blessings, stuff like that. It's basically an open directory structure, and it's just filled with stuff. It even has correct laining for Job, Proverbs, and Psalms! I should mention that there's much more in here than I can categorize myself, so if I missed anything, let me know! There are many recordings under Songs that I don't immediately recognize, so if you're looking for something in particular, it could be here. There are also many videos of classes which include songs and nusach at the main site.
16. London Sephardi Music
A whole bunch of Sephardic recordings. If it's similar to the Liturgical Music of Shaar Hashamayim website, it's because it's made by the same person! The content is different, though, and there's a lot more detail in some of the pages, including texts of prayers and piyutim. [Jewish Table Singing](https://sites.google.com/site/jewishtablesinging/) is a sister site and features many of the same recordings.
Note: includes several kinot
In French. They sell CD's, but they also have videos and recordings, neatly categorized, including recordings and videos mostly from the Syrian and Tunisian traditions, often with the text as well. Recordings and videos range from traditional to accompanied and produced.
18. Mishkan Tefila
A shul's website with a fairly inclusive collection, including Shabbat, nearly the entire weekday services, trope for everything, many, many Torah readings, and more.
Note: includes Eicha (and trope), including a sung third chapter
19. Ahaba Ve Ahva
An Egyptian synagogue in New York. There are many recordings and videos here. Many. There are several years' worth of Seder Tawhid, an Egyptian Jewish celebration on Rosh Chodesh Nisan. Three years of Slichot plus selections from a fourth. Several High Holiday tunes. Several kinot. Havdalah in a whole bunch of different maqamat. Torah and haftarah trope according to the Egyptian minhag. All of Esther. Under R' Yosef Hamaoui Media there are even more recordings, including all of Psalms and a wedding service.
20. Kol Hamikra
An extensive resource for laining (whole Torah, haftarot, Megillot) as well as some nusach (uses Eastern European pronunciation). Includes chanted psalms. It's currently growing fairly quickly, too, so this ranking may be outdated! The recordings in the Tefillah section don't actually contain melodies but shiurim on the respective prayers, except the one on the Kaddish.
Note: third chapter of Eicha in cantillation, not special melody
21. Cantor Gail
Ashkenazic trope for every occasion, as well as, separately, Reform trope for Torah and haftarah. Includes a special melody for Eichah 3. It also features interesting melodic diagrams for the different t'amim.
23. Hazzan Rob Menes
A cantor's website with a nice full section of recordings. Most of them are under Ritual Resources, especially under Services, but a few are under Music instead, including motif samples from High Holidays and scanned wedding music. Under Ritual Resources -> Torah -> Special, you can also find the Megilot, including Kohelet.
24. Torah Media Atlanta
A site with audio of shiurim -- and a whole lot of nusach!
Rabbi Menashe Goldberger: Under Jewish Prayer, you can find pretty much complete weekday shacharit, shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat/maariv/shacharit/musaf/minchah, and festival maariv/shacharit/Hallel/musaf. There's Shabbat Rosh Chodesh musaf AND weekday Rosh Chodesh musaf. The Birkat Achrona tracks are only spoken. Some of the services here have unlabeled tracks, but it's easy to find stuff anyway. There are also Haggadah songs and Chanukah blessings.
Rabbi Moshe Hiller: Complete Esther and haftarah blessings.
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder: Leining for most of the year, including the entire Torah, Ruth, Esther, and Eichah.
Zohar Killian: Some recordings of the Camp Kesher song, V'zot Habrachah, and Chanukah blessings.
In Hebrew. This is a big Judaism site that also has a bunch of recordings. Many are actually samples from Harav Levi Sudri, in the Moroccan tradition, but there are some weekday shacharit recordings as well in both Sephardic and Ashkenazic nusach. There's some sheet music as well; in particular, you can find [sheet music for z'mirot](http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/shabat/zmirot/tohen-2.htm) at some of these pages.
Note: several kinot
26. Beth Abraham (Brookline)
A Sephardic synagogue in Brookline, MA. There are recordings of Torah reading, both regular and for holidays, and all of the megilot, including Kohelet.
27. Jewish Theological Seminary -- Music Collections
A few digitized music collections from the JTS library. It includes field recordings of laining (examples from most books of the Tanach, at least) from 1936-8 Israel, which are naturally very scratchy and whose titles are in Hebrew, some music from Cochin, India, and Jewish art music manuscripts. The interface, I should warn, is horrendous, as sadly befits a library website.
Note: includes several bits of Eichah, though the actual verses are not always in the title
28. Liturgie Hebraïque Du Rite Sefardi Dit Portugais
In French. It has recordings of the Portuguese rite, some with choir, at Manuel d'étude. It's got quite a bit, including taamim for prose and poetry, Eicha, Geshem, L'chah Dodi, etc. There's more in the Ceremonie de la Bar Mitzwa. The first track even has a pronunciation guide for the French rite (nasal ע, for instance).
29. Ellie's Torah Trope Tutor
The gold standard in trope websites, as far as I'm concerned. There's Torah, haftarah, high holiday, Eicha, Esther, and Shalosh Regalim (Shir Hashirim, Ruth, Kohelet) trope, and with musical notation to make it even easier.
30. Len Fellman's Jewish Music
Contains some rather interesting items, like recordings of the Megillot (Esther, Eicha, Shir Hashirim, some of Kohelet) with trope in English.
31. Beth Shalom (Naperville, IL)
A synagogue (I can't tell if it has a denomination) with a lot of Shabbat morning tracks (and Eichah trope as well). The Saturday morning recordings also include Torah and haftarah trope.
Shiurim and music of Breslov chasidim. In Hebrew. Like other Chasidish sites, it also contains quite a few instrumental tracks, and the audio quality varies for older recordings. Loading times can be very slow! The Breslov chasidim use the Chasidish Nusach Sefard.
Note: includes some of Eicha (שירי ברסלב - ניגוני חסידי ברסלב - זקני אנ"ש)
33. Zemirot Database
A big collection of songs, focusing on zemirot and piyutim, with words, translation, and often multiple recordings (though some have none). It's not organized by occasion, so I could be off in my categorizations, but this should be a primary resource for zemirot. There are some Indian (Bene Israel) tunes, but they're all cut off after exactly one minute. Be careful, too, because a few of the recordings are sung without particular attention to pitch!
Note: includes Eli Tzion, Vihudah L'olam Teshev
34. Horovitz Tunes
A site dedicated to the memory of Ronny Horvitz and his melodies from Frankfurt. Contains taamim for Torah and haftarah, some Esther,
35. Beit Kneset Yosef Chayim (Ramot Gilead)
In Hebrew. An Israeli synagogue with a bunch of recordings (Ashkenazi melodies, including Carlebach). These include Shabbat evening and morning, birkat hachodesh, Geshem, several selections from Shalosh Regalim and High Holidays, and even a kinah from Tish'ah B'av.
Note: Esh Tukad B'kirbi
36. Temoni Original
In Hebrew. A website about Yemenite traditions. There are videos about how to read Torah and haftarah in the Yemenite way, for example, but the bulk of the recordings are here, organized by date. There you'll find, among other things, a Yemenite Birkat Hamazon.
Various Chasidic recordings and niggunim. Has an extensive section on Ana B'choach and three versions of Shoshanat Yaakov.
Note: a very old recording of a song based on Nachamu
38. Temple Sinai of Hollywood
A small but varied selection of recordings, many of artistic settings, from Adon Olam and Eli Tzion to Shalom Rav and Maoz Tzur. From what I can tell, this list is also made by the E-Hazzan and contains mostly the same things as the blog.
39. Great Jewish Music
A site that looks stuck in the 90's (though it's not like my site is any better). It has MIDI files for some things, some .mp3 files, and some .mp3 samples, along with links to purchase the files on iTunes or Rhapsody (so it isn't actuallystuck in the 90's).
40. Yede Abraham
A site for Sephardic chazzanut. It contains many links to off-site tracks, but it hosts many as well; there's a pretty good library here! There are more recordings under From the Esnoga, but that part of the site is in Dutch and contains only snippets.
Note: includes a Yigdal melody for the Three Weeks
42. Yeshivat Kise Rachamim
A yeshiva in B'nei Brak with videos of shiurim. The only one I've found with singing is this one, the kinah Halanoflim T'kumah.
A site with Moroccan customs. The linked page has some children's songs; other pages also contain Yalla Mimouna and a kinah for Tish'ah B'av.