Jacinta Autres Chansons Yiddish (Other Yiddish Songs) CD

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Jacinta Autres Chansons Yiddish (Other Yiddish Songs) CD. Personnel includes: Jacinta; Alain Speiser (guitar, clarinet); Francois Payet (violin).
Recorded in Paris, France on January 15 & 31 1992. Includes liner notes by Eve Griliquez.
Adapter: Laurent Grynszpan.
Personnel: Alain Speiser (guitar, clarinet); François Payet (violone, violin); Elisabeth Schlesinger, Laurent Grynszpan (piano).
Liner Note Author: Eve Griliquez.
Editor: Mikhl Gelbart.
Translators: Brigitte Nelles; Jeffrey Grice; Jacinta.
Arrangers: Alain Speiser; Laurent Grynszpan; Pierre Mortarelli.
Jacinta is one of a number of young Jews who is dedicated to keeping the Yiddish song alive even as musical forms evolve, integrate, and disappear. She and her comrades have good reason to: the songs themselves, the traditional melodies, are not revered for their quality as popular culture, but as links to memories, families, historical events, and moral instruction in times of trouble. They are songs that evoke great sadness or nostalgia and the portrait of life as it was lived in the ghettoes of Romania, Russia, and Poland. Jacinta is an Argentine-born Jew, and though thoroughly schooled in the lineage of Hebrew song, she carries within her a bit of the great Argentine bagualas or tango singers -- that extra sense of drama that allows her to interpret this material, from antiquity, in a manner that preserves its integrity, yet instills it with even more emotional resonance. Her musical collaborators, particularly pianist Laurent Grynszpan and bassist Pierre Montarelli, offer her a backdrop on which to hand these songs that can be humorous, philosophical in a homespun way, passionate, and sadder than death itself. The most notable song among the collection -- of which all are gorgeous -- is the timeless "Undzer Shtetl Brent," with a slightly different resonance in the melody that echoes Buenos Aires' indigenous tradition yet remains fully in the Yiddish heritage, creating an unforgettable well of emotion that washes over the listener into tears. Jacinta's recording is nothing short of breathtaking and profoundly beautiful. ~ Thom Jurek


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