LYRE OF THE LEVITES: KLEZMER MUSIC FOR BIBLICAL LYRE - Ancient Biblical-Themed Album

 

"Creative, evocative, and haunting...

This reissue of one of Michael Levy's older albums features not only a new cover (weird and unplayable-looking though the lyres in the painting are), but new mastering which puts the tracks sonically in authentic Middle Eastern caves and cathedrals. The reverb is so well done that one needs a sensitive ear to know the tracks weren't originally played in such places. The tracks themselves were performed on a nylon-strung Mid-East Mfg. Co. *kinnor (Semitic lyre), which is a poor acoustic instrument and difficult to play. Michael's mastery of the instrument even at this early stage of his career is phenomenal and the equal temperament he was still using then gives this reissued recording an almost organ-like sound. The tunes themselves are taken mostly from the klezmer music reperatory and all but one or two appear to be in the "prayer mode" made famous in modern times by Abraham Idelsohn's folk dance tune "Hava Nagila". The use of the mode and the shape of the melodic line puts a stamp on the music and the performance which evoked in my mind the image of an old man walking down an endless road with a heavy load on his back."

Johanan Rakkav - iTunes (USA) Review


Tracks from the original 2009 version of "Lyre of the Levites" featured in a ten-part "Book at Bedtime" series for BBC Radio 4 – THE LIARS’ GOSPEL by Naomi Adlerman - set in Roman-occupied Judea...


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  • 07/01/2017
    Here Come the Romans! - Yate, Bristol
     

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