318

Yitzhak Yedid: Since My Soul Loved

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Award-winning Israel-based composer/pianist Yitzhak Yedid's Since My Soul Loved casts notions of self-realization, all iterated via lucid imagery. He enables the psyche to conjure up a multitude of scenarios with these four, contemporary classical pieces, bearing resemblance to East and West song forms amid brief sojourns into avant-garde musical terrain.

Yedid outlines his multifarious composing processes and derivations within the album liners. He conveys a chamber feel, yet the differentiator pertains to the artist's morphing of western Jewish music, gently touched with jazz inferences and third stream components. On "First Movement," the strings section renders extended note choruses and subtle shadings, in concert with Yedid's cascading chord clusters and simple melody lines. At times, it seems that the music is akin to having a glimpse through a peephole, where Yedid's personalization of the material shines radiantly.

These works convey semblances of introspection and remorse, amid interweaving storylines, spiced with the strings' abrupt, upper register staccato passages. Yedid supplements these movements with tension building phraseology, shaded with heavy-handed ostinato chord clusters and perplexing storylines. The resplendence of Yedid's imagery strikes again on "Third Movement," which is accentuated by the strings' weeping opuses. Here, the soul is crying as Yedid contrasts the overall vibe by softening the austere outlook.

Yedid finalizes the "Fourth Movement" on a quiet and reflective note. The ending mirrors his accompanying statement, cited in the notes: "People seek happiness in the wrong places, and they will never find it." The pianist elevates music in its purest form into an amalgamation of emotive aspects that spawn purposeful intentions. He transcends the genre or stylization aspects, by presenting these largely, dark and inward looking motifs into an altruistic depiction of the human spirit.


Track Listing: First Movement; Second Movement; Third Movement; Fourth Movement.

Personnel: Yitzhak Yedid: piano; Daniel Hoffman: violin; Galia Hai: viola; Jonathan Gotlibovich: cello; Ora Boasson Horev: bass.

Title: Since My Soul Loved | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Between the Lines


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Moment Frozen CD/LP/Track Review Moment Frozen
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Minor Step CD/LP/Track Review Minor Step
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 19, 2017
Read A Meeting Of Spirits CD/LP/Track Review A Meeting Of Spirits
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 18, 2017
Read First Light CD/LP/Track Review First Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 18, 2017
Read "Steelonious" CD/LP/Track Review Steelonious
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Instrumental" CD/LP/Track Review Instrumental
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "Sunflower / Goodbye" CD/LP/Track Review Sunflower / Goodbye
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 28, 2016
Read "Translator's Note" CD/LP/Track Review Translator's Note
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 28, 2017
Read "Cómo Desaparecer Completamente (How to Disappear Completely)" CD/LP/Track Review Cómo Desaparecer Completamente (How to Disappear...
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Away With You" CD/LP/Track Review Away With You
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 18, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.