Monday, August 6, 2018

Rivkele, Rebeka: A Yiddish Tango (2016)


Rivkele, Rebeka, sung by Olga Avigail with Tango Attack, a musical ensemble composed of Hadrian Tabęcki (piano); Grzegorz Bożewicz (bandoneon); and Piotr Malicki (guitar). This is Polish-Jewish composer Zygmunt Białostocki’s [1897–1942] most beloved and often-recorded song.  This was performed at the Cultural Center Wilanów in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. As one Polish cultural site puts it: “The latest project initiated by Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk is "Yiddish Tango". In 2015 the artist invited leading musicians of tango in Poland - Tango Attack to create the new arrangements of the pre-war tangos based on tradition, but in more modern formula. The singer is fascinated by the phenomenon of Warsaw of the 30's, which was the European capital of tango. The vast majority of tango pieces was composed by Polish Jews and it's uniqueness came from combination of Slavic and Jewish elements mixed with Argentinian musical influences. Tango hits were composed in Polish and Yiddish as well. ” I find this rendition hauntingly beautiful. Bialostocki was murdered by the Nazis during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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