The Well

The Well

by Chava Alberstein & The KlezmaticsChava Alberstein & The Klezmatics
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When Israeli singer Chava Alberstein produced a documentary film on 20th-century Yiddish poets in 1995 (Too Early to Be Quiet, Too Late to Sing), the writers' stories provoked Alberstein to set some of their poems to music. The results are gathered on The Well, with vocals by Alberstein and music performed by the Klezmatics. The compositions reflect Alberstein's wide range of influences, from klezmer and traditional Jewish music to French chanson, German cabaret, American folk, and Middle Eastern styles all popping up.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Xenophile Records
UPC: 0048248405225
catalogNumber: 4052

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chava Alberstein & The Klezmatics   Primary Artist,Group
Lorin Sklamberg   Accordion,Harmonium,Piano,Vocals
Frank London   Alto Horn,Flugelhorn,Harmonium,Piano,Synthesizer,Trumpet
Matt Darriau   Alto Saxophone,Bass Clarinet,Harmonium,kaval
John Friesen   Cello
Chava Alberstein   Classical Guitar,Track Performer,Vocals
Paul Morrissett   Double Bass,Electric Bass,Fiddle
David Licht   Drums,Percussion
Ben Mink   Guitar,Mandocello,Mandolin
Alicia Svigals   Violin

Technical Credits

Chava Alberstein & The Klezmatics   Arranger
Matt Darriau   Arranger
John Friesen   Arranger
David Licht   Arranger
Frank London   Arranger
Ben Mink   Arranger,Engineer,Producer,Programming
Paul Morrissett   Arranger
Alicia Svigals   Arranger
Marc Ramaer   Engineer
Zhame Telesin   Poetry
Michael Wex   Poetry

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The Well 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great poetry, Alberstein's voice, and the Klezmatic's music-- how could you miss? The songs are lyrical and fascinating. Even with no knowledge of Yiddish, the listener will appreciate the poetry. And those who do read the translations in the liner notes will be doubly rewarded. One warning: Anybody who reads 'My Sister Khaye' while listening to Alberstein sing had better be holding a big hanky. It will tear your heart out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago