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Songs of Love and Exile. Mélodies sépharades pour soprano et guitare. Malkin, Elias.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 00:57:39

Recording : 2018-2019
Location : Ash
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Studio / Stereo

Label : Brilliant Classics
Catalog No. : BRIL95652
EAN : 5028421956527
Price Code : DM009A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 02/10/2019

Genre : Classical
Mélodies sépharades
Lavava y suspirava
La serena (arr. D. Akiva (1953-))
Durme, hermozo hijico (arr. D. Akiva)
La rosa enflorece
Hija mia
Como la rosa
Morenica
Nana Sefardi (arr. L. Palomo (1938-))
Linda de mi corazon (arr. L. Palomo)
Camini por altas torres
Nani nani (arr. J. Rodrigo (1909-1999))
A la una yo naci
Durme durme

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
The divan of Moses-Ibn-Erza
Drink deep, my friend
Dull and sad is the sky
The garden dons a coat of many hues
The dove that nests in the tree-top
O brook
Fate has blocked the way

Channa Malkin, soprano
Izhar Elias, guitare

Programme rare comprenant un choix de mélodies séfarades et un cycle du compositeur italien d'origine juive Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. On comprend sans peine le pourquoi du titre : Songs of Love & Exile. Car l'exil est au cœur de l'histoire du peuple juif. Expulsés d'Espagne en 1492, les juifs séfarades migrèrent dans toute l'Europe jusqu'à l'empire Ottoman. Ce qui explique le melting-pot d'influences que contiennent ces chants. Le texte de ces mélodies emprunte à la fois à l'hébreu et au vieux dialecte espagnol. Quant à la musique elle mêle des mélismes arabisants, la liturgie juive et le folklore médiéval espagnol. Accompagnée par une simple guitare mais si langoureuse (Izhar Elias), la voix claire et charismatique de Channa Malkin fait délicieusement vibrer ces purs chants d'amour qui évoquent une version orientale du fin'amor occitan. Le cycle de Castelnuovo-Tedesco est lui basé sur des poèmes du rabbin philosophe et poète Moses Ibn Ezra (1058-1138) traduits ici en anglais. Poésie plus littéraire voire sophistiquée illustrée musicalement d'une plume aussi subtile et nuancée par le compositeur italien. Passerelle entre les temps anciens et modernes ce disque est aussi un merveilleux et nécessaire témoignage. (Jérôme Angouillant)

The debut album of an exciting young Dutch soprano: an anthology of popular Sephardic songs completed with excerpts from a rare song collection by Mario Castelnuovo- Tedesco. Having made her operatic debut at the age of 16, singing Barbarina with the Dutch National Opera, Channa Malkin has since made solo appearances with Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as early-music luminaries such as Andrew Parrott and Joshua Rifkin. For her first recording, she has chosen to explore her Jewish heritage with songs from her childhood: ‘Underneath the seemingly simple melodies telling life’s usual stories,’ she writes in the album’s introductory notes, ‘I felt the longing of generation upon generation for a homeland left long ago but never forgotten.’ Channa Malkin is joined here by her regular duet partner, the guitarist Izhar Elias, who is well known to collectors of Brilliant Classics recordings for his imaginative choice of repertoire and vivid performances. Gramophone lavished praise on his ‘sympathetic accompaniment’ to Erik Bosgraaf in their recording of the lute book by Jakob van Eyck (BC93391): ‘As a reference work this set should be considered indispensable; as one to be dipped in for pleasure, highly desirable.’ The selection of Sephardic songs they have made ranges between subjects of love, war, birth and death: epic tales sung by medieval Spanish bards, Jewish liturgical melodies and texts, and Arabic styles of melodic ornamentation. Malkin and Elias have made their own arrangements, letting the music guide them intuitively and drawing inspiration from their backgrounds in early music, Jewish cantorial singing and Spanish folk song interpretation, as well as their personal family histories. Their selection also includes several Sephardic songs arranged by contemporary composers, in order to explore the ways in which this music can be performed as classical art song. Israeli composer, guitarist and Sephardic song expert Daniel Akiva, Spanish composer and conductor Lorenzo Palomo and Joaquín Rodrigo each offer a unique take on the Sephardic song idiom. So does the Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: his collection of The Divan of Moses-Ibn-Ezra sets the poetry of an 11th-century rabbi from Grenada.

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