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Inspired arrangements and performances of some of the best-known Israeli folk songs.

Robert De Cormier's Counterpoint, Vermont's premiere professional vocal ensemble, debuted in 2000 and can be heard on Albany TROY676 (When the Rabbi Danced), TROY746 (Misa Criola) and TROY801 (Noel). Here they present their latest album that brings together new arrangements, ranging from traditional to contemporary, of some of the best known and loved Israeli folk-songs. Unlike European folk-songs, whose origins tend to be vague and lost in the past, most of these songs originated in the 20th century and have known composers and poets. Yet they are folk music just the same, for they live now in the oral tradition. Several generations of Jews have grown up singing them, and some songs, such as Tsena Tsena, Shalom Chaverim and, of course, Hava Nagila, have achieved mainstream recognition. The purpose of Israeli folk-songs was to inspire a new national cultural identity through which, in the words of Hinei Ma Tov, Jewish brothers and sisters from many lands would dwell together in unity. Among many Jews and Israelis throughout the world the songs evoke sentiments of pride and belonging. And despite the inner conflicts between Israelis today and the violent conflicts with its neighbors, the message of this disc is the sincere hope that the entire region may someday achieve unity and peace.
Contents:
Emanuel Amiran, composer
Mayim
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Traditional
Los Bilbilicos
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Mordechai Zeira, composer
Hinei Achal'la Bachalili
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Traditional
Rounds of Israel
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Yedidya Gorochov-Admon, composer
Saleinu Al Ktefeinu
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Traditional
Hinei Ma Tov
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Daniel Sambursky, composer
Ba'a Mnucha
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Taditional
Mi Ze Hidlik
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Amital Ne'eman, composer
Hana'ava Baba Not
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Yedidya Gorochov-Admon, composer
Ayil Ayil
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Joseph Hadar, composer
Erev Shel Shoshanim
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Naomi Shemer, composer
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Shalom Altman, composer
Lo Yisa Goy
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Traditional
Hora: Zemer Lachand Hava Nagila
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Isachar Miron, composer
Tse na Tsena
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Chinan Krachevsky, composer
Agadat HaKineret
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Traditional
Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Joseph Hadar, composer
Al Harim
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Mordechai Zeira, composer
Laila Laila
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

Yair Rosenblum, composer
Shir Lahsalom
Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, conductor, Don Faldini, bass, Karen Kevra, flute, Katherine Matasy, accordion and clarinet, John Muratore, guitar, Tom Toner, percussion

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