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Berceuse sfaradite
1939; arrangement of the Ladino folksong Mama no yo tengo visto

'Bloch & Ben-Haïm: Violin Music' (CDA67571)
Bloch & Ben-Haïm: Violin Music
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Berceuse sfaradite
Paul Ben-Haïm absorbed oriental Jewish music through collaboration with Bracha Zfira, a Yemenite singer, for whom Ben-Haïm arranged some thirty-five songs between 1939 and 1951. One of the arrangements, that of the Ladino folksong Mama yo no tengo visto made in 1939, is the Berceuse sfaradite, one of Ben-Haïm’s most popular works. This beautiful lullaby was arranged in 1945 for violin and piano, as well as for various combinations of voices and instruments. The violin’s beguiling, undulating melody unfolds smoothly over lilting arpeggios, spiced by some caustic dissonances, and repeated in different registers, notably in the upper range where the melody gains a glowing bell-like resonance. Some dialogue enlivens the texture with the piano, which presents the melody before the violin’s final statement, which is sustained magically like a silken thread on a high trill, as the piano comes to rest in the dark and peaceful bass.

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2007

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67571 track 18
Recording date
10 October 2004
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Bloch & Ben-Haïm: Violin Music (CDA67571)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: February 2007
    Deletion date: June 2014
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