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Sephardic Journey - Spain And The Spanish Jews / La Rondinella


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93171   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is La Rondinella's third musical journey into the music of late-15th century Spain. To catch you up on history: as soon as the Moors were driven from Spain, in the same year that Queen Isabella funded Columbus' journey of discovery to the Americas, the Sephardim, the Spanish Jews, were driven out of the country. This timing was ironic, for Columbus would return on a second voyage to the Americas and begin the extermination of its native tribes. At least the thousands and thousands of Jews that were forced out of Spain were not killed, and they preserved a gigantic heritage of folk music. The musicians of La Rondinella have made it a specialty to investigate this repertoire and interpret it for modern ears. In so doing they have drawn Read more musical parallels with Spanish Renaissance music of the same time; in fact this set is divided into "Sephardic Songs" and "Spanish Renaissance" sections.


In his notes, Howard Bass, the ensemble's virtuoso lutenist, points out similarities and differences. The songs are all about life, love, and spirit, though I detect more of a delicious earthiness in the Sephardic material, both in text and music. If you aren't interested in the history, this CD can simply be enjoyed as a delightful collection of songs and instrumental pieces from circa 1492. They are performed impeccably by all concerned, but it is Alice Kosloski's throaty yet focused alto that you remember. It's reminiscent of the great Salli Terri, who sprang from Roger Wagner's chorale to record the famous "Duets with Spanish Guitar" albums for Capitol back in the 1950s. As if Kosloski's great voice alone is not enough, she employs it with great sensitivity, pays attention to the text, and really seems to feel the music in every pore of her being. Bass captures the Spanish flavor of this music in a way that others miss, and the rest of the ensemble provides radiant solo support. The recording, done at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, is clarity itself, allowing the voices and instruments to emerge from a warm, slightly resonant sound field.
--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Los gayos empensan a cantar by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
2.
Una hijta tiene el rey by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
3.
La prima vez by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
4.
Puncha, puncha by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
5.
A'har noghenim by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
6.
Era escuro by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
7.
Seu shearim by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
8.
Esta montana d'enfrente by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
9.
Una pastora by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
10.
Morena me llaman by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
11.
Nani, nani by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1492; Spain 
12.
A la una by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Written: Bulgaria 
13.
Scalerica de oro by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
14.
Yo m'enamori by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
15.
Dos amantes tengo la mi mama by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
16.
Una matica de ruda by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
17.
Los bilbilicos cantan by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
18.
Ir me quero by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
19.
Hija mia by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
20.
Durme, durme hermozo hijico by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
21.
Avre tu puerta cerrada by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
22.
Noches, noches by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
23.
Partos trocados by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
24.
En la mar hay una torre by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
25.
Esta Rachel la estimoza by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
26.
Quando il rey Nimrod by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella
27.
Adio querida by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rondinella

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