Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Christian Carey, March 2017

The combination of these two ensembles is a successful one, creating a fluidity of rhythmic interaction that many crossover albums with folk elements lack. Indeed, the coexistence of instruments East and West and pieces that hew closer to classical or folk traditions provides the CD with enjoyable variety. A star in the proceedings is the incredibly versatile vocalist Yael Badash, whose singing matches the fluency of the instrumental performances. Nedudim traverses a great deal of musical ground, but never strays. © 2017 Read complete review

Robert Carl
Fanfare, November 2016

This is a very successful cross-cultural and cross-practice collaboration between the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble and the folk ensemble Baladino…

Probably the most impressive and attractive thing about the disc is the fluency of all the participants. It’s reminiscent of a number of the multicultural explorations of the Kronos Quartet, but it also shows how things have grown. Now instead of four players, we have a full chamber orchestra that’s quite comfortable with improvisation and exploring other musical traditions in a natural, open, and quite unselfconscious way. It’s an attitude where a bassoon and shofar can engage in equal colloquy. Baladino, incidentally, is great, and their singer, Yael Badash, has an intimately seductive voice paired with precise, intelligent musicianship.

Overall this is a very satisfying and stylish album that makes a great case for how different traditions can intersect and hybridize in ways that don’t compromise one another. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Music Review, September 2016

Nedudim is what you get when the Fifth House Ensemble, Baladino and composer Dan Visconti put their collective creative energies to work. The three together give us a beautiful fusion of Middle Eastern, European and American folk traditions—with direct channelings of Israeli, Iranian, Spanish, and Indian folkways into a contemporary amalgam both extraordinarily diverse and effective.

Each number reflects the varied backgrounds of all concerned with traditional songs arranged deftly or new compositions reflecting and combining the collective heritage of all.

Heartily and happily recommended! © 2016 Gapplegate Music Review Read complete review

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, September 2016

The predominant sound is Middle-Eastern, but even then the other influences keep intruding, and illuminating, and causing a smile of surprise. And then there are the instruments of 5HE, traditional woodwind and string instruments, which sometimes add a frame of European chamber sonority, …Baladino vocalist Yael Badash and string player/producer Thomas Moked Blum are joined by 5HE flutist Melissa Snoza in Robert Beaser’s touching arrangement of He’s Gone Away for flute and guitar, further arranged by Visconti to include voice. If that doesn’t melt your heart, it likely is made of stone. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review, June 2016

There is everything here from Indian raga to drone strings, from jazz flute to folk singing, from American bluegrass to Persian and Turkish influences. The 11 tracks are clearly very personal reflections of the musicians’ concerns and interests, as the heartfelt performances confirm. There is an improvisational feel to the whole enterprise—the members of Baladino are in fact improvisation-oriented… © 2016

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group