The Ancient Question: A Voyage through Jewish Songs


The grammy-award winning artist Hila Plitmann is known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works.

On this disc she brings together a very personal programme that draws on her familial roots in Jewish culture and song; from traditional folk music (Five Yiddish Songs), to contemporary compositions (Bridges of Love, Tehilim and I Never Saw Another Butterfly). The disc also features the Five Hebrew Love Songs, with poetry by Plitmann set to music by the composer Eric Whitacre.

Performance ★★★★ Recording ★★★★ Plitmann’s selection is carefully chosen for maximum variety ofexpression and instrumentation [and] Julian Bliss proves a sensitive partner to the charismatic Plitmann –  BBC Music Magazine

Julian Bliss threatens to steal the show on clarinet, but there’s beauty in the voice and enough variety in the works to keep the ears attentive – La Scena Musicale

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Hila Plitmann soprano

Julian Bliss clarinet

Christopher Glynn piano

Thomas Bowes violin

Andres Kaljuste viola

RELEASE DATE: 05/12/2011
BARCODE: 635212027622

Five Yiddish Songs

Trad. arr. Hila Plitmann

1. I. Di Alte Kasche (The Ancient Question)

2. II. A Fidler (The Fiddler)

3. III. Unter A Kleyn Beymele (Under A Small Tree)

4. IV. Du Sollst Nit Geyn (You Shall Go With No Other, Girl!)

5. V. Rozhinkes mit Mandlen (Raisins and Almonds)

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Lori Laitman

6. I. The Butterfly

7. II. Yes, That’s the Way Things Are

8. III. Birdsong

9. IV. The Garden

10. V. Man Proposes, God Disposes

11. VI. The Old House

Tehilim (Psalms)

Aharon Harlap

12. I. Psalm 122 “Samakhti Beomrim Li”

13. II. Psalm 113 “Halleluyah”

14. III. Psalm 43 “Shafteni Elohim”

Five Hebrew Love Songs

Eric Whitacre

15. I. Temuná (A picture)

16. II. Kalá kallá (Light bride)

17. III. Laróv (Mostly)

18. IV. Éyze shéleg (What snow!)

19. V. Rakút (Tenderness)

Bridges of Love

Sharon Farber

20. I. For Wherever You Go I Will Go

21. II. Once I Knew

22. III. Wine of Love

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