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Folk Songs of the World
Volkslieder aus aller Welt
1 CD | 46min | Nr. SWR19010CD
CD 1: » Trad.: Mondlicht scheint ins Fenster (Hungarian Folksong)
» Trad.: Nicht gar weit entfernt ist klein Margitta (Hungarian Folksong)
» Trad.: I bought me a cat (American Folksong)
» Trad.: Of what use is a girl (‘E keep a dog to watch the house, Chinese Folksong)
» Trad.: Kullan Ylistys (Finnlandian Folksong)
» Trad.: Lepi Juro (Croatian Folksong)
» Trad.: Di-li-do (Bulgarian Folksong)
» Aaron Lebedeff: Roumania, Roumania
» Trad.: O no John (American Folksong)
» Trad.: Dve gitary (Russian Folksong)
» Trad.: Vo Luzern uf Weggis zue (Swiss Folksong)
» Trad.: El Vito (Spanish Folksong)
» Trad.: The live long night (Welsh Folksong)
» Trad.: Da brava, Catina
» Trad.: Die Bergblume (Chinese Folksong)
» Trad.: Kerinoto purvo libe (Bulgarian Folksong)
» Heitor Villa-Lobos: Desejo
» Heitor Villa-Lobos: Canção do Carreiro
» Julius Chajes: Old Jerusalem
» Trad.: Fregt die Welt die alte Casche (Jiddish Folksong)
» Karol Szymanowski: Lecioły zórazie
» Kurken M. Alemshah: Im Yerkı

Cathy Berberian was a vocal actress par excellence. The intensity and flexibility of her voice, her special vocal techniques and her mix of elegance and wildness were incredible, demonstrated here by this unique collection of folk songs. It wasn't by chance that Cathy Berberian felt a strong attachment to folk songs from around the world. The wide range of emotions and singing techniques she discovered in this never-ending treasure trove were a perfect match for her versatility. She sings in no fewer than 17 different languages and each song is given a completely new interpretation: she uses gentle yodeling effects in the Swiss song; the Croatian “Lepi Juro” becomes a resounding, languishing love song with her guttural delivery; in “I bought me a cat” she delivers masterful imitations of the animal sounds – as only a vocal virtuoso like Cathy Berberian can do. In other words: a cult CD!

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