Sings Yiddish Songs

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Part of a British revival of Yiddish culture, Hilda Bronstein's collection of Yiddish songs are to some degree what one would expect from a basic troupe performing at cultural and folk festivals. At the same time, however, the band led by Merlin Shepherd provides a good backing sound ranging from somber to joyous, but Bronstein herself is the star of the show, with a deep, throaty almost Marlene Dietrich-like in some respects intonation. The Polish dialect of Yiddish doesn't always lend itself to pretty pastoral sounds of course, but it seems that Bronstein is pushing the envelope even further than needed. Along with Merlin Shepherd's clarinet, the mix of old and new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Part of a British revival of Yiddish culture, Hilda Bronstein's collection of Yiddish songs are to some degree what one would expect from a basic troupe performing at cultural and folk festivals. At the same time, however, the band led by Merlin Shepherd provides a good backing sound ranging from somber to joyous, but Bronstein herself is the star of the show, with a deep, throaty almost Marlene Dietrich-like in some respects intonation. The Polish dialect of Yiddish doesn't always lend itself to pretty pastoral sounds of course, but it seems that Bronstein is pushing the envelope even further than needed. Along with Merlin Shepherd's clarinet, the mix of old and new compositions is probably the key highlight of this recording. A handful of songs hearken back to the great Yiddish poets, a handful are from the theater era and immigration to America, a couple are from the wartime era and the partisan movements, and a couple of newer compositions make their debut as well. The poetry involved in the lyrics is undeniable and powerful, at times easy and joyous and at times particularly sad for example Avrom Sutzkever's old poem "A Vogn Shikh," contrasting the joy of dancing with the truckloads of shoes carted away from Vilna during the Holocaust. The singing is somewhat forgettable, but the music and content are remarkable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037205429
  • Catalog Number: 2054
  • Sales rank: 195,746

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hilda Bronstein Primary Artist, Vocals
Megan Hamilton Violin
Merlin Shepherd Kapelye Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Background Vocals
Polina Shepherd Vocal Experience Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Aaron Lebedeff Composer
Pablo Cárcamo Producer, Engineer
Jacob Jacobs Composer
Alexander Olshanetsky Composer
Mordecai Gebirtig Composer
Diz Heller Mastering
Traditional Composer
Alex Stokes Cover Design
Hilda Bronstein Liner Notes
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