Album Remarks & Appraisals:
A collection of Seattle-based violinist and singer Hope Wechkin's original works, paired alongside her inventive arrangements of traditional Balkan folk songs. "Full-bore, all-out, utterly unselfconsciously" (Seattle Times).
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Hope Wechkin's release is similar to Bittova. Each piece presents a story in a folk style using voice and violin. There is a bit of southern twang in Lisa Sitkin's A Joyful Time as Wechkin relates stories of the Lower East Side in New York City. The tonal is explored further in Last and Final. Works like the gentle, rolling Polegnala e Tudora, with its double stops and simple melody. Mujo Kuje give the program its true identity. Rumena SI, a very serious sounding lullaby.
Personnel: Hope Wechkin (vocals, violin).
Recording information: Wild Sound Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN (04/23/2012-05/24/2012).
Photographer: Anita Nowacka.
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