Argh - what shall i say? This CD, from everything
I know, shall be praised to the skies. Should
I simply end with this? That's what i do not really
But what can i do? There's no other way as to
The CD is extraordinary.
In every regard.
In terms of craft, no wish is left unfulfilled.
The musicians play with effortless precision.
Throughout, even with the familiar traditional
pieces, the tracks are arranged and played with
lots of emotional richness, a wealth of ideas,
One of my favorite pieces, "Uskudar Taxim/Terk
in Amerika," is especially well realized.
It contains the essence of the old recordings;
one feels touched by nostalgia. On the other
hand, one will also be grabbed by the interesting
new interpretation. A wonderfully beautiful
Similar things hold true for the remaining
pieces: they bubble with stimulation and are
truly the good old favorite songs.
In brief, simply one of the most outstanding
recordings of Jewish music.
A personal note: a couple of days ago, I had
a discussion with a musician about what I expect
from the liner notes of a klezmer CD, and how
they should not look. Those of Mosaic Persuasion
are short and informative, a model example.
No blather, just pertinent info on all the pieces,
texts in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew.