Lauren Pomerantz | Jewels of the Sephardim - Songs from Medieval Spain

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Jewels of the Sephardim - Songs from Medieval Spain

by Lauren Pomerantz

"Superb album of medieval Spanish songs from the tradition of the Spanish Jews deeply marked by Moorish influence...The singing is spectacular...unreservedly recommended."
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1. El Rey Que Tanto Madruga
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2. Dos Amantes Tengo
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3. Nani Nani
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4. ¡O! Que Mueve Mezes
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5. Durme, Hermozo Hijico
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6. La Rosa Enflorece
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7. Abrid Mi Galanica
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8. ¡Ay! Mancebo
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9. Por La Tu Puerta Yo Pasí
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10. El Rey De Francia
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11. Gerineldo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Enjoy the beautiful vocals of Soprano Lauren Pomerantz singing in Early Spanish
accompanied by masterful dulcimer, recorders, and percussion. Recorded with superb live acoustics, this CD of joyful, sensuous, deep songs of love and longing celebrates the richness of life in the Multi-Cultural Golden Age of Spain as experienced by the Sephardim (Jews of Medieval Spain).

Ms. Pomerantz is a well known performer of Early Music and has been featured in
European musical tours, and on Spanish and American PBS.

“The songs are exquisitely crafted, wonderfully exotic in their melodic contours, and vocal ornaments, and richly emotional.....an unusual and extraordinarily appealing record.” The Washington Post

“Listeners no doubt will derive much pleasure from these hauntingly beautiful ‘jewels’.” Roanoke College

“Lauren’s Kate Bush-like voice takes us back to the pleasures and sorrows of medieval Spain with songs of births, deaths, weddings, betrayals, longing and love, in a voice that evokes a world long lost -- an oral storytelling tradition that she has helped to keep alive 500 years after it was destroyed in Spain.”
Shambhala Books, Berkeley, CA

“Jewels of the Sephardim contains fascinating selections sung and arranged by a jewel of a
singer Lauren Pomerantz. Her voice is crystal clear, almost shiny, well-trained and a joy to listen
to. There is much variety among the songs and Ms. Pomerantz conjures up a distinct character
for each one. This is an enchanting CD.”
Washington Jewish Week


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Sasha G.

Highly Recommend Jewels of the Sephardim, beautiful CD
I would highly recommend this album to anyone interested in learning more about Sephardic music as it sincerely captures the essence of these wonderful harmonies.

Jewels of the Sephardim (1983), is a beautiful compilation of Sephardic songs which brings the audience from present day to the XVI and XV centuries; a time in which the Sephardics, or Jewish people living in Spain, were flourishing yet at the same time, struggling with their daily lives.

Lauren Pomerantz brings forth certain emotions in her music
such as fear, happiness, sadness and passion; emotions that the Sephardics experienced during their time in Spain.

While listening to this album, it is obvious at the effort taken by the artist to preserve these ancient melodies for the present day by singing in Ladino (the native language of the Sephardics) as well as incorporating original instruments.