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Beiser's album is the most recent addition in a line of releases over the years exploring cross cultural musical influences. Beiser can thank Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Project for making albums like Provenance viable. Provenance means origins. The album reflects Beiser's origins (she grew up in Israel) and the intertwined origins of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. For the project, Beiser commissioned four new pieces and recorded a cover of Jimmy Plant and Robert Page's Kashmir - Beiser brilliantly carries the song's vocal line with her cello. The album wears well on repeated listening. Part of the reason for this is the homogeneity of sounds, effects, and atmospheres utilized in each piece. Another reason this album wears well is that there are genuinely interesting moments. There is the ear opening arrangement of Kashmir of course, but Tamar Muskal's work Mar de Leche also stands out because of the piece's own origins - a Ladino love song. Sung text opens the piece followed by a variety of interesting rhythms including stumbling pizzicato's and infectious dances. As expected, Beiser's playing is exceptional through out. -- The Gathering Note - June 25, 2010
Nice example of interpreting modern cello without forgetting cultural roots and traditions. The voice of the instrument build the athmosphere. Good feeling !Published 16 months ago by V. Bergamelli
I heard this music on NPR, and had to buy the CD. I wasn't disappointed. The music is stupendous. You can see Maya performing these on U-tube, which adds a whole other dimension... Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Tadwilly Permanganate
I first heard Maya Beiser on the radio playing the Led Zeppelin tune, Kashmir, which is on this CD. My wife and I both knew immediately that we had to have this CD in our... Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Glenn Miller
this was okay. Didn't knock me out.
There's the rage now with cello players.
It's fine, and a sort of cool instrument,
but I think things get rather hyped up... Read more