Mycale: Gomory – Book of Angels Volume 25
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Sara Serpa and Malika Zarra – together Mycale – inhabit this music with beatific and silken delicacy. Throughout the repertoire the poise and purity of their sustained highs and lows are priceless assets. The girls excel in intimacy with unsentimental tenderness (avoiding the trap of dragging) and spinning a web of awed eeriness. These songs are quintessential Zorn music and are sung by Mycale with rapt, wondering simplicity. Each of the star-vocalists sings with soft-focus beauty bringing a seamless lyricism and whispered intimacy to the beguiling music.
There has probably not been a more compelling and more beautiful a cappella ensemble than Mycale. With the diverse backgrounds ranging from Hebrew, Berber, Portuguese and Spanish the musical melange is utterly apt for the extraordinary vocal writing of John Zorn. This deeply intense work is treated with appropriate gravitas. The music is sublime and has a spirit that is like an attractive fantasy – melodically, harmonically and rhythmically charged. But make no mistake none of its beauty would be evident without Mycale. The ensemble parley with the familiarity of old friends and yet their voices retain the gracious etiquette of noble Jewish academies. Nothing is forced, exaggerated or overly mannered: tempos, ensemble and balance – all seem effortlessly and intuitively right. This music is truly a ‘transcendent’ sequel to their earlier John Zorn composition, Music of the Angels.
Track List: Huzia; Tzadkiel; Mumiah; Yofiel; Peliel; Achusaton; Qaddisin; Beliel; Grial; Shahariel; Paschar.
Personnel: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Sofia Rei, Sara Serpa, and Malika Zarra: voices
Release date: May 2015
Running time: 41:32
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