MusicWeb International reviews more Classical recordings than any one else.

2020
53,555 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider



£11 post-free anywhere
Normal service resumed


TROUBADISC

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


 

Recordings of the Month

June


Beethoven String Quartets


Produzioni Armoniche


Seven Symphonic Poems


Shostakovich VC1 Baiba Skride
Tchaikovsky Symph 5 Nelsons


Vivaldi Violin Concertos

 

May


Beethoven Piano Concertos


Stradal Transcriptions


LOSY Note d’oro


Scarlatti Sonatas Vol 2



Support us financially by purchasing this from

Songs of Love and Exile – A Sephardic Journey
Channa Malkin (soprano)
Izhar Elias (guitar)
rec. 2019, Steppenwolf Studio, Asch, The Netherlands
Texts and translations included
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95652 [57:39]

Both artists on this disc are from Jewish families who were forced to evade pogroms, flee, and re-settle in new lands, sometimes time and again. This disc, therefore, is more than an academic project for them – it tells their stories too, and those of their own families, making this an intensely personal recording for them. This comes through, both in the booklet notes – which include a paragraph each telling the stories of their own families’ persecutions and travels – and in the music-making.

The works featured fall into two main parts – the first are traditional Sephardic songs, which are here presented in arrangements (only the words and melodies having been preserved), sometimes by the artists themselves, and othertimes by contemporary composers, such as Daniel Akiva, Lorenzo Palomo and Joaquin Rodrigo. These songs deal with the topics of love, war, death, motherhood and suchlike – the words themselves are full of dark, often melancholic beauty, which is only exacerbated by the settings and performances. These are deeply evocative, atmospheric and haunting works – full of yearning and passion, and they are excellently performed by Malkin and Elias – Malkin’s dark and rich soprano voice working very well in these songs, especially in her superb delivery of the Arabic ornamentation that lends the songs such an exotic and appealing air and haunting quality.

The second part is formed of a song-cycle by the Italian Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who was forced to flee to America. His interest in his Jewish roots only intensified and he identified strongly with the poems of the 11th-to-12th century Spanish-Jewish poet, Moses Ibn Ezra, another exile, several of whose poems he set as The divan of Moses-Ibn Erza. The performances of these are radiant and full of life.

The booklet is well-produced, with full texts and translations of the songs featured, although editing could have been tighter. One small criticism of the performances is that there is, regrettably, some ugly gasping and breath-grabbing occasionally, which in certain songs (such as the opening Castelnuovo-Tedesco song, Drink Deep, my friend) does rather intrude. On the whole, however, a good release of some captivating music, performed with passion and understanding.

Em Marshall-Luck


Contents

1. Lavava y suspirava [5:12]
2. La serena arr. Daniel Akiva [2:36]
3. Durme, hermozo hijico arr. Daniel Akiva [3:08]
4. La rosa enflorece [3:35]
5. Hija mia [2:19]
6. Como la rosa [4:16]
7. Morenica [4:12]
8. Nana Sefardi arr. Lorenzo Palomo [3:30]
9. Linda de mi Corazon arr. Lorenzo Palomo [1:34]
10. Camini por altas torres [4:53]
11. Nani nani arr. Joaquin Rodrigo [3:51]
12. A la una yo naci [2:34]
13. Durme durme [3:04]
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
The divan of Moses-Tun-Ezra
14. Drink deep, my friend [0:47]
15. Dull and sad is the sky [1:29]
16. The garden dons a coat of many hues [1:41]
17. The dove that nests in the tree-top [2:35]
18. O brook [1:41]
19. Fate has blocked the way [4:24]



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage



Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger