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The Well

KlezmaticsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Di Krenitse (The Well) 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ikh Shtey Unter A Bokserboym (I Stand Beneath A Carob Tree) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ergets Shtil/Baym Taykh (Softly Somewhere/At The River) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ver Es Hot (One Has Got) 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ovnt Lid (Crepescule) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Malekh Veynt (An Angel Weeps) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bay Nakht (At Night) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vek Nisht (Don't Waken) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kh'vel Oyston Di Shikh (I'm Going To Take Off My Shoes) 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mayn Shvester Khaye (My Sister Khaye) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Umetik (Lonesome) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Di Elter (Old Age) 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Velkhes Meydl S'nemt A Bokher (Any Girl Who Takes A Boyfriend) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Di Goldene Pave (The Golden Peacock) 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Zayt Gezunt (Farewell) 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005PJBT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Loneliness, loss, displacement, and death loom large among the topics covered in the 15 Yiddish poems set to melodies by popular Israeli folksinger Chava Alberstein, and arranged by New York's exploratory Klezmatics, on this deeply sad and beautiful album. Anyone familiar with the Klezmatics' more rambunctious side will be impressed by the inventive delicacy and subtlety they bring to these elegant vestiges of fading Yiddish culture, virtually reanimating it with tangos, Hasidic melodies, polkas, and festive freylekhs that recall its vibrant past. Alberstein's low voice meshes beautifully with Lorin Sklamberg's high tenor, adding extra emotional resonance to a series of poems in the middle of the album that evoke the genocide twilight that enveloped the writers' world half a century ago. Their tragedy is redeemed in The Well. --Richard Gehr

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Genre: World Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 9-OCT-2001

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have long been a fan of Chava Alberstein. And who does not love the music of the Klezmatics?? Combine the two, one vocalist with a voice like honey, and one band, which gives new meaning to the word superlative, and you get "The Well," a glorious CD of new Yiddish poems set to extraordinary music. Too many adjectives here? Well, when you listen to "The Well" I am sure you will agree with my praise.
The songs are tender, soulful, philosophical, heartbreaking, sometimes upbeat and humorous, charming, and always moving. The haunting strains and beautiful lyrics of "Ikh Shtey Unter A Bokserbaum," "A Malekh Veynt," "Ovnt Lid," "Kh'vel Oyston Di Shikh," and "Umetik" can bring tears to your eyes as they evoke poignant memories of a culture and a language almost lost to us. These poems will bring you joy, reminding you that there are artists, and many others, who are dedicated to keeping Yiddishkeit alive. "Mayn Shvester Khaye," (poem by Binem Heller), which commemorates the poet's sister who died in the Holocaust, is one of the most exquisite songs I have ever heard. The uplifting "Di Krenitse" brings memories of life in the shtetle and showcases the talents of the Klezmatics. And throughout, the beauty of the Yiddish language shines.
This is one of my favorite CDs. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yiddish music for the new century October 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
People who have followed the Klezmatics know that they are always bending genres in their superb arrangements. People who have followed Chava Alberstein's career know that in addition to being the "Joan Baez of Israel" she has some serious Yiddish chops. This album combines the Klezmatics' musicianship and range with Alberstein's unique sensibilities as she writes the music and they arrange it to interpret the work of some of the greatest Yiddish poets in the 20th Century. The poems speak mostly of universal themes although a couple are more specifically Jewish. If you don't speak or understand Yiddish, don't let that deter you. The liner notes offer complete translations along with tranliterations and original Yiddish (the text COULD be bigger).
This is not klezmer music, not Israeli music, but a wonderful hybrid that acknowledges the poetry's Eastern European roots while looking ahead to give the words a new, living voice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. The Klezmatics are first-rate musicians, and their blend of sounds here is very emotive. Chava Alberstein has a hauntingly rich voice, and her work here is outstanding. This album is among my all-time favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say what? This is a *great* album! February 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Please, please don't pay any attention to the 1-star review below -- Alberstein's musical settings and interpretations of Yiddish poems are very striking, and the collaboration with the Klezmatics really works!
However, you can go this one better by snagging a copy of Chava's latest release, "Foreign Letters" (on Rounder Records). Both CDs were produced by Chava and Ben Mink (k.d. lang's former bandleader)-- he knows how to work with singers, and the arrangements alone are worth the price of the CD. My only quibble: the English translations of lyrics aren't as good as they could be, but that's a minor problem at best.
Alberstein's from Israel, but she brings some of the best French chanson singers to mind. Her eclecticism is one of her greatest strengths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
As a life-long gentile fan of klezmer, let me say this is one set of songs which really speaks to your mind, body, and soul, whether you're Jewish or not. They pretty much showcase a full range of human emotions, as well as drawing on some religious and historical themes. At the same time, the band also incorporates various music genres while leaving the klezmer part intact.
If you should buy this, you won't be the least bit disappointed, but very happy and satisfied. :)
Bottom line on "The Well": A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing August 11, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is a GRAMMY nomination album. A true Gem. It's a pleasure to see that people are still relating to music and art. Great work Chava Alberstein and The Klezmatics
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This deeply affecting album is a song cycle of poems by Twentieth Centurty Yiddish poets. Transcending any categoration, this is a nearly seamless combination of elements from klezmer, French chanson, lieder and modern folk styles, including Israeli folk. Alberson's music is at once joyful and tragic. Her understated singing is deeply moving, and matches the different poem styles and settings: wry, joyful, melancholic and tragic. This is music from the heart, brilliantly abetted by the Klezmatics, who willingly leave Alberson's singing at center stage, while again demonstrate their ability to carry the Klezmer style and sensibility into modern music. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have album October 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This disk has a permanent place in my CD player. It stands up to the scrutiny of endless listenings. Each song is extremely well-crafted with wonderful interplay that gives emphasis both to Chava Alberstein's vocals and the Klezmatics' instrumentals. The songs are neither pure klezmer nor pure folk songs, but a unique blend that perfectly brings to life the various poems that Alberstein has set to music.
I'm delighted to see the re-release of this disk which was originally published in 1998. I was looking to give this CD as a gift to several friends last year and had to resort to searching in off-the-beaten-track new and used record stores.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and touching album
Poems by Yiddish poets set to music by Chava Alberstein. The music fits the poetry; the music fits the voice of Ms Alberstein. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey into your own soul
This is, put simply, one of the most beautiful examples of modern Jewish music. A masterpiece that should be on every collection.
Published 20 months ago by Spielmann
5.0 out of 5 stars The Klezmatics' Best Recording
This is truly a spectacular collaboration between klezmer's highest profile ensemble and Israel's greatest contemporary folk singer. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Curmudgeons Rule
5.0 out of 5 stars Yiddish Poetry
We didn't realize when we ordered the CD that it would be a series of Yiddish poems set to music by Chava Alberstein; our previous recording by her was a collection of... Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by Emerita
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for any Yiddish enthusiast or folk lover!
I was really surprised by the one negative review I saw for this album, but I think he only knew maybe funkier or more jazz-laden songs by the Klezmatics. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Sherry Lyn Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album.
A wonderful album. The songs speaks - softly- to your mind and soul whoever you are.. Even if you don't understand the words , some mystical feeling evokes deep ,... Read more
Published on May 19, 2008 by Mustafa enocak
5.0 out of 5 stars Chava Alberstein " Well"
Beautiful and touching melodies. Enchanting voice of Chava Albertsein. I love this CD. Highly recommended!
Published on May 15, 2008 by Milika
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
it's one of the best cd i've ever heard. makes you happy and get over sadness at the same time.
Published on January 11, 2007 by A. galkin-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Who cares if you don't speak Yiddish
I bought this album completly at random about 5 years ago. It got drink spilled over it, stood on etc. Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by Fintan Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Moves your feet and your heart
This is probably my favorite record ever. Some tunes make you want to dance, some make you want to cry, and a lot of them make you want to learn Yiddish.
Published on February 11, 2005 by R. H. White
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