Exaltation

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: 8573980
Format: CD

d'Or, Yaniv; Ensemble NAYA

A follow-up to Latino Ladino, which focuses on the music of the Sephardic diaspora after the 1492 expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain, the programme for Exaltation is drawn from Medieval and Baroque Europe, Turkey and the Near East, and includes beautiful examples of the Sephardic and Sufi traditions. This essentially joyful album, which combines instruments from different cultures and ages to include distinctive timbres such as the didgeridoo, ney flute, flamenco guitar and more, topped by Yaniv d’Or’s haunting countertenor voice, celebrates the spirit that binds the wandering communities, the gods they worship and the hopes they share for a harmonious coexistence. The unique countertenor voice of Yaniv d’Or has confirmed his status as one of the stars of the modern international music scene. He was complimented by Gramophone for “his rich, honeyed falsetto,” and Fanfare admired NAYA’s “perfect foundation for d’Or’s clear and highly nuanced voice.”

Price: $12.98