Songs from all over the world
Carien Wijnen & Women’s Choir Chorabella, Berlin
2003 / 2004
From 1998 to 2007, I conducted the women’s choir 'Chorabella' in Berlin, and sang songs from all over the world with them. The different types of polyphony, the varying rhythms typical of different cultures and the wide range of vocal styles has fascinated me for a long time, a fascination that I would like to pass on in the form of these recordings.
For this Album we selected wonderful songs from Russia, from several different Balkan countries, Italy, Spain, South Africa, and Israel.
Let us take you on a journey where you can experience the melismas (rapid tonal shifts) in a song like "Wetscherjai Rado", the 7/8 rhythm in “Jovano, Jovanke” and the dramatic folk songs from Italy with Annunziata Matteucci.
These songs have themes of love and longing, oceans and rivers, village life, belief and hope, autumn and winter, peace and freedom.
We do not claim to have reproduced the songs in their original style, but we did put a great deal of effort into authentic pronunciation. We let our own musical ideas flow into the music. We hope you enjoy listening (and singing along to!) the songs.