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Sephardic Romances: Traditional Jewish Music from Spain
Sephardic Traditional, Galician Traditional, Ensemble Accentus
Sephardic Romances: Traditional Jewish Music from Spain
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Latin Music
 
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All Artists: Sephardic Traditional, Galician Traditional, Ensemble Accentus
Title: Sephardic Romances: Traditional Jewish Music from Spain
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Label: Naxos
Release Date: 2/4/1997
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Latin Music
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 730099461726

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Easily the most formidable instrumentalists in early music
Mark L. Walker | Arlington Heights, IL USA | 08/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Note, however, that Sephardic music is NOT verifiably medieval, having been recorded only in the 20th century. Also note that Sephardic songs are/were rarely accompanied by instruments (all the arrangements here are instrument-heavy). Nonetheless, the fact remains that Michael Posch, Marco Ambrosini, Riccardo Delfino, and Thomas Wimmer are among the very few truly brilliant early music players at large. Their names may never be trumpeted by early music critics, but that's because said critics tend to be desiccated scholars instead of impassioned musicians (rather like most of the performers they critique). This CD features lots of compelling improvisations and extended solos -- including one, "kavaldulka", that's just from another world. Purists be damned: the musicianship is too good to be missed! btw, the ensemble is also known as Unicorn and Oni Wytars."
Excellent. Budget in price only
Mark L. Walker | 09/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five stars for a CD that only costs as many dollars might seem like overkill, but this really is a gem. The songs range from the humorous La Serena ("si la mar era de leche, los barquitos de canela, yo me mancharia entera por salvar la mia bandiera"), to the wistful Esta montana d'enfrente, but there are also ehoes of sadness as a slave mother lullabies to her switched babe in Partos trocados and a girl prisoner sings to the tombs of her ancestors in Ya viene el cativo. In comparison with the equally good 1998 release "El canto espiritual judeoespanol" by Alia Musica under Sanchez (HMI 987015) Wimmer gives a bigger role to the instruments here featuring 6 instrumental pieces. And while Sanchez features 7 singers, all the songs on the Naxos disc fall to the mezzo Carmen Cano. Another difference is that while Cano sings in Spanish, half of the Alia Musica disc is in Hebrew. But not to worry as both of these discs feature full texts and translations. 59'15" playing time."
An Alchemy of Antiquity
Philippe Landry | Louisiana | 10/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Sephardim were the Jews of Spain. They picked up many musical elements on their journey there. The sum is very much an alchemy of antiquity. It's got Greek modes, North African percussion, Turkish/Arabic melodies and a bit of Western European refinement. The original Jewish component is the lyrical text which was first sung by women around the house. After being steeped in the culture of Andalusian Spain for a few centuries it allowed more and more instrumental phrases. And since this was secular music, it was acknowledged and enjoyed by everyone at this place in time -- Muslims, Jews and Christians. The ensemble who performed these pieces did a great job, utilizing completely acoustic and culuturally-respective instruments. You can't beat the price either!"