Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Though there are a variety of approaches, the creativity of these musicians and the careful crafting of distinct sound worlds for each song is evident (though appreciation of this is limited by the inclusion of only French translations along with the original Ladino texts in the booklet). Edith Saint-Mard, the vocal soloist, has a slightly dark, but very flexible voice, which reminds me of a younger Montserrat Figueras; and her approach to these songs is enticing. While this recording would not be my first choice for a collection of traditional Sephardic songs (Nov/Dec 2011: 269), it might be a good introduction to someone unfamiliar with the repertoire (though he would need to understand either Ladino or French).
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