Sephardic Journey: Spain and the Spanish Jews - CD
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Sephardic Journey: Spain and the Spanish Jews (Dorian - 1999)
cdRoots Code: hm-dor93171

The Washington Post wrote:
"Sephardic Journey juxtaposes songs of the Sephardim with songs of the Spanish Renaissance, and reveals not just stylistic contrasts and similarities, but a glimpse at powerful cultural forces. Even without reading Howard Bass's instructive liner notes or the English translations provided in the booklet, many listeners will find themselves drawn to this music, given its abundance of courtly melodies, soulful refrains, astringent harmonies and dancing rhythmic pulses.

While making no claims of authenticity, La Rondinella revives these pieces with great care and color, augmenting Alice Koloski's striking alto voice with a curious array of instruments, including Bass's lute and harp, Paul Bensel's recorders and Tina Chancey's bass viol, rebec and percussion. Two special guests -- mezzo soprano Barbara Hollinshead and recorder player Scott Reiss -- make Sephardic Journey all the more moving and memorable."


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