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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.

Biography

Born: 1946 in Szczecin, Poland

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

When Chava Alberstein (b. circa 1946) was only four years old, her parents moved from their hometown of Szczecin, Poland, to Israel; since then, Alberstein has become CBS Israel's longest-tenured artist, with nearly fifty albums to her credit (many performed in Hebrew). Alberstein's first love was traditional Yiddish music, but she came to embrace various folk, traditional, and worldbeat styles from all over the globe. Alberstein scored her first Israeli hit record in 1964, the year she was drafted...
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The Well, Chava Alberstein
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Arabic, Klezmer
  • Released: Sep 15, 1998

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