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HOPE: Music from Israel and South America
Ronit Widmann, Laurel Zucker, Daniel Akiva

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Program

·Daniel Akiva - Durme Hermoza for Soprano ,flute, guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Cancion for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Desielda al la Morena for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Los Jardines de Espana for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Meskito for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Paisages de Espana for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Blanca Flor for flute and guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Las Estreyas for soprano, flute, guitar           
·Ya Vien el Cativo for Soprano and flute           
·Haim Permont - Hope for Soprano, flute, guitar           
·Haim Permont - Bagaelle for flute and guitar           
·Astor Piazzolla - Histoire de Tango for flute, guitar           
·Piazzolla movement 2           
·Piazzolla movement 3           
·Piazzolla movement 4           
·Heitor Villa-Lobos - Distribution of the Flowers - flute, guitar          
·Daniel Akiva - Siniza Fumo for Soprano, flute, guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - Lunes for Soprano, flute, guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - La Galaksia Eskuresida for soprano, flute, guitar           
·Daniel Akiva - El Milagro De la Lingua for soprano, flute, guitar
Reviews

"This record is one of many instances where the player of a 'minority' instrument has grabbed the bull by the horns and created a record label to pro-actively push forward the repertoire for their instrument. Even where there are compositions for these instruments they are often too rarely heard; so it's hats off to Laurel Zucker who is one of the prime movers behind Cantilena Records. She is a fine flautist with an exceptional technique combining the utmost precision with the most stunningly beautiful sound. Here she is partnered by Ronit Widmann-Levy, a soprano with a clear and lovely voice with many colours and tight control just where it matters. Completing the trio of artists is guitarist/composer Daniel Akiva whose mellow sound perfectly complements the other two and whose music accounts for about 50of the disc. The rest is divided between that by Haim Permont, an Israeli of Lithuanian origin and Astor Piazolla and Villa-Lobos. It is the latter two's music that helps explain the disc's subtitle: Music from Israel and South America. If at first that seems an unlikely combination then it soon becomes obvious that there are clear connexions between the two. The influences drawn upon by composer Daniel Akiva are those of the Sephardic Jewish tradition and though there are links with the Balkans too the disc has a strong overall feeling of Spain permeating throughout.
All the compositions make powerful cases for themselves and the soloists, and the two Israeli composers are ones to look out for if the music on this record is anything to go by. They make powerful statements about suffering and hope; indeed it is Haim Permont's 2003 composition HOPE that gives the disc its main title, taking its words from Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope Is The Thing'. It was especially composed for this recording. Daniel Akiva's compositions are both robust as well as beautiful and he writes extremely well for the voice; likewise for his chosen instruments. He has successfully adapted the first work on the disc Siniza I Fumo (Ashes and Smoke) from a work for much greater forces. I thought highly of all his music on the record and particularly enjoyed the Jerusalem de Espa which one could easily mistake for a work by a Spanish or Latin American composer, so strongly are the Spanish ties asserted. Piazzolla's composition Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar is wonderfully evocative of Buenos Aires from the turn of the 19th century to today. Villa-Lobos's Distribution of the flowers is a joy, as is everything of his I've ever heard.
I really enjoyed this disc and can be sure that I'll be playing it often and what greater compliment can one give?"
- Steve Arloff
MUSICWEB International
2006.

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