Lucette van den Berg

Lucette ambassadeur van de Vrijheid voor de provincie Friesland

 

Lucette is in 2018 Ambassadeur van de Vrijheid voor de provincie Friesland. Een hele eer en ze is er trot (grutsk) op.
In het kader van dit ambassadeurschap zal ze op 4 mei bij de officiële dodenherdinking zingen in de Prinsentuin.
Ook zal ze bij verschillende onderdelen van het Befrijdingsfestival op 5 mei te zien en te horen zijn.

http://www.befrijdingsfestivalfryslan.nl/2018/03/14/dit-jaar-niet-een-maar-zes-friese-ambassadeurs-van-de-vrijheid/

Spannend nieuw avontuur!

 

Soms volgen dingen elkaar op in een sneltreinvaart.

Zo gaat het blijkbaar in 2018 met geweldige projecten!

Voor de opening van Yiddish Waves Festival ben ik, samen met Kamal Hors (Ud-speler) een geweldig project begonnen.
Een project dat niet alleen om mooie muziek draait, maar ook over hoe je, in deze tegenwoordige samenleving vol tegenstellingen en haat-zaaierij, ook met elkaar om kunt gaan. Een project, waarbij ik, samen met arabische musici én een klezmermuzikant op zoek ga naar ons gezamenlijk DNA, onze overeenkomsten, maar zeker ook onze verschillen en tegenstellingen.
Het project heet Karavanserai, een veilige ontmoetingsplek voor muzikale reizigers.

Op papier en in onze hoofden klonk dit mooi. Maar toen we repertoire uit gingen zoeken, brak het zweet me wel uit. Want: arabische toonsoorten, ritmes en niet te vergeten de taal, zijn abracadabra voor mij.
Gelukkig ben ik niet zo bang aangelegd, dus ben ik samen, met de moedige en geweldige muzikanten (Kamal Hors, Anass Habib, Modar Salameh en Gregor Schaefer) van Karavanserai dit avontuur aangegaan.

En?

In 1 woord 'a mekhaye'. Wat is het heerlijk om  samen muziek te maken, grenzeloos te denken en met muzikanten met een open oor, open blik en open hart te spelen.

Benieuwd wat het publiek ervan gaat zeggen.. Wij zijn in ieder geval heel blij!

Jiddisch bij de officiele opening van de Culturele Hoofdstad van Europa Leeuwarden/ Fryslan 2018

 

Wat een prachtige week, wat een prachtige dag!

De organisatoren van de officiële opening van de culturele hoofdstad hadden mij afgelopen zomer benaderd, of ik wilde zingen tijdens de opening. Een waanzinnige eer en geweldig, omdat Jiddisch te horen zou zijn in vele huiskamers in Europa.

Wat in de zomer van 2017 begon als een leuk idee, werd in de uitvoering op 27 januari een geweldige ervaring.

Het was bijzonder koud, maar wat een opkomst op de pleinen van Leeuwarden!

Op 3 pleinen in de stad waren 'Oldenhoves' nagebouwd, waarop een heel spektakel te zien was. Kinderen die symbolisch een nieuwe toekomst droomden en tekenden.
En als slotlied: Seis oere thus, of in het jiddisch gezongen: 'In der heym zeks a zeyger'.
Bij dit slotlied zongen Nynke Laverman (fires), Piter Wilkes (fries) en Shaza Hayek (arabisch) en ik...
En omdat het zo bijzonder was, dat voor de allereerste keer de Jiddische taal te horen was tijdens een opening van een culturele hoofdstad, is het ook opgepikt door de Yiddish Forward en in het NIW.

Let vooral op mijn mooie, speciaal voor mij ontworpen jas. Er is een 'goldene pave' een gouden pauw op geborduurd. Deze pauw staat symbool voor de Jiddische cultuur.

Hierbij mooie foto's gemaakt door Ingrid Petiet

Nieuwe website, nieuwe plannen!

 

Weer terug van weggeweest!
Het is alweer een hele tijd geleden dat ik schreef.
De tijd slokte mij op en haalde mij soms in.

Er zijn vorig jaar veel dingen gebeurd. Het schrijven van een businessplan voor het Jiddisch Festival Leeuwarden, een tour in Amerika in de zomer, het schrijven van heel veel nieuwe liedjes en snode plannen voor een heuse videotour.

Van 12-18 juni ben ik samen met gitarist en vaste begeleider Erik Raayman naar New York geweest. Ik was uitgenodigd om te komen zingen bij het prestigieuze 'Kulturfest' dat georganiseerd was ter gelegenheid van het 100-jarig bestaan van de Folksbiene.
Honderd artiesten, theatergezelschappen, wetenschappers, kunstenaars en musici waren uitgenodigd om de kleurrijke Jiddische cultuur in al haar facetten te laten zien.
Natuurlijk was ik zeer vereerd er te mogen spelen. En nog wel in Joe's Pub. Een geweldig theater, met super geluid en atmosfeer.
En omdat wij toch in Amerika waren, hebben we in- en rondom New York een aantal concerten gegeven. In 6 dagen tijd 5 concerten. Allemaal heel verschillend, maar ook heel succesvol.
In één woord HEERLIJK!

Deze zomer heb ik veel inspiratie opgedaan voor nieuwe jiddische liedjes.
Veel prachtige teksten hebben van mij een melodie gekregen.
Telkens weer verbaasd hoe een tekst zich omvormt tot een lied. De komende tijd zal ik deze nieuwe, maar ook ouder repertoire zingen in het programma 'Aleyn'.
In dit programma kom ik als het ware 'uit de kast'. Want ik zing niet alleen, maar speel ik ook piano. Daarnaast vertel ik aan de hand van mijn liedjes, mijn verhaal, doorspekt van liefde voor het leven, zelfspot maar ook mooie momenten.
Kortom, een nieuwe wending in mijn muzikale bestaan.

Overal in Nederland (en daarbuiten) staan tegenwoordig openbare piano's of vleugels. Ik vind dit heel inspirerend en het biedt kansen.
Ik wil een tour maken langs al deze openbare piano's en een video maken van de liedjes die ik er zing. Een zogenaamde videotour.
Maar hiervoor heb ik je hulp nodig!
Weet jij een openbare piano, wil je graag dat ik bij je in de buurt kom zingen, of weet je een geweldig muzikant die het leuk vindt om met mij als 'special guest' mee te spelen? Laat het me dan weten. Hoe meer tips hoe beter! Het lijkt me namelijk geweldig om op zoveel mogelijk piano's te spelen en te zingen en te zien hoe (en of) het langskomend publiek reageert.

Lucette

Terug

 

Terug

De zomer is voorbij. De zon verschuilt zich en zelfs de wolken huilen dikke tranen om de voorbije zomerdagen.
Het is weer tijd om aan het werk te gaan.

Wil je het eerlijk weten? Ik vind het heerlijk!

In de zomermaanden heb ik niet echt stilgezeten.
Ik heb me rustig opgeladen voor het nieuwe seizoen; met mijn snoet in de zon, boeken gelezen, collega’s bezocht, festivals van allerlei aard bekeken én nieuwe liedjes gecomponeerd.

Dat is wat ruimte in mijn hoofd met me doet; Ik neem rust en mijn geest begint te borrelen.
Het is geen vervelende borrel hoor, maar meer een feestelijke kermis van kleur en geluid in mijn hoofd.

En daar krijg je dus liedjes van...

Voor mij is dat altijd nog een verbazend proces.
Iemand vroeg mij eens: “Hoe doe je dat, zo’n lied schrijven?”
En eerlijk gezegd had ik daar geen antwoord op. Maar de vraag bleef wel als een echo in mijn hoofd rondbazuinen, zoekend naar antwoord of in ieder geval iets wat daarop lijkt. 
En nog steeds heb ik alleen maar een vaag antwoord.
Ik denk dat als ik een tekst mooi vind, ik hem als het ware in kleuren kan zien en kan ruiken.
Klinkt vreemd, zeker voor zo’n muziekdier als ik. Maar dat is waar ik naar opzoek ga. De kleur en geur van de tekst.
En dan komt er soms zomaar een melodietje of een rafeltje muziek voorbij, mijn vingers vliegen over de toetsen van de piano, zoeken een akkoord of vinden tonen.



Zo ontdekte ik ook, dat ik de laatste tijd 2 liefdesliedjes in F majeur heb geschreven. Volgens de grote componisten Berlioz en Richard Strauss een krachtige en kernachtige toonsoort. Maar voor mij beslist ongewoon.
Misschien heeft het met het positieve karakter van de teksten te maken. In de teksten is de liefde ‘gevonden’. Dus geen leed (wat ik vaak zo heerlijk vind om te bezingen) en geen zoeken... 


Wat het ook is en welke toonsoort ik ook gebruik, het is altijd mooi en verrassend om te zien, wat er met een tekst gebeurt en hoe mijn ziel dingen begrijpt, die alleen maar in de kleuren van muziek zijn te vatten.

Spring!

 

Spring !

When the sun is shining and the leaves are peeking out the trees, I have more than ever the desire to go outside and celebrate spring.

I also feel the desire for new things and new things to explore.

And I'm happy to share some new things with you!
In January I went to New York for two performances, including the Shloshim (memorialconcert ) for my friend and mentor Beyle Schaechter - Gottesman . For me, it was a trip back in time , but also a trip back to what's important to me: Giving Yiddish song a new sound and a future.

Since my trip to America, much has happened:
I have a new agency in New York ( www.goldenland.com ) They are preparing an American tour for this summer.
In addition to that, we started our own production company. ( www.lucettevandenbergproductions.nl ). With this company we'll produce concerts and all other activities with venues and festivals  in the Netherlands and Europe.
By doing it ourself, lines are shorter and we can organize tailormade programmes.

There is also good news about my 'brainchild' Jiddisch Festival Leeuwarden, of whom I am the artistic director.
In 2008, the first festival took place in Leeuwarden. Everyone agreed : This wonderful!
In 2010 , we were back with a second festival, in which again a lot of international artists came to Leeuwarden to make music, to teach and show the beautiful sides of Yiddish culture.
But ... in 2012, the festival was canceled by budget cuts . Very sad, indeed.
Fortunately, Jiddisch Festival Leeuwarden is Yiddish culture alike: Strong, passionate, creative and flexible.

So: we're back! Stronger than ever!


From 30th April to 4th May Jiddisch Festival Leeuwarden will open it's doors.
There will be concerts, workshops, lectures, films and more! A
And colleagues and friends from all around the world come to Leeuwarden to have a fantastic festival, together wih guests, public and participants.
I will teach, together with Efim Chorny and Susanna Ghergus the Yiddish songworkshop.

Every night there are concerts.
I will appear on stage with my whole band, on Fridaynight May 2nd, with my new program ' Benkshaft '.

Would you like to get yourself involved in one of the workshops ( Yiddish song , klezmer workshops or Yiddish language workshop ) ? Don't wait any longer and sign in! For the participants from abroad , there is the opportunity to stay for free at guest families.

All the information you need and more can be found at: www.jiddischfestivalleeuwarden.nl.


Hope to see you , zay mir gezunt ,


Lucette

Fun day on a comic Festival

 

Yesterday I got invited by one of my dearest friends to come to the 'Comic Festival' in my hometown, wich she organizes.
It's a festival for comic lovers and a lot of comic writers and cartoonists give 'acte de presence'.

I have to admit: I'm not a comic fan, or a comic reader at all, I didn't know what to expect.
But since I have a very curious nature, I thought 'It can be fun, so let's give it a shot'.

The festival ran in the open air, in the city centre and the atmophere was really amazing. Nice weather, nice and friendly people and nice coffee..
What I didn't know, and what my friend kept secret for me, is that she asked some of the (famous dutch) cartoonists to draw me in comic style.

Well there I was, totally unprepaired and somewhat shy.. But they did an amazing job.

Since I think it's very good, not to be serious about myself all the time, I'll show you the cartoons.
One cartoon is me as a comic hero and the other is a little joke: it's me as Bianca Castafiore (Tintin of cartoonist Hergé) who sings the jewel aria all the time...

Well...

It was a very nice inspirering and relaxing day. Loved it!

 

 

CD Recensie Benkshaft (NIW)

 

 

Lucette van den Berg/ Benkshaft/ Dot Time Records, 2012 (Jiddisj)

Nederland heeft een groepje Jiddisje zangeressen in huis om trots op te zijn. Om beurten brengen ze totaal nieuw, vaak eigen materiaal uit. Na Shura Lipovsky is nu de eer weer te beurt aan Lucette van den Berg en haar cd Benkshaft (=verlangen).
Was haar vorige cd Friling geheel gewijd aan de liedjes van haar bejaarde vriendin Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, de nieuwe cd staat geheel in het teken van haar vriendschap met de dichter-schrijver-componist Mikhoel Felsenbaum.
Voor dit muzikale poëziealbum heeft hij haar een tiental liedjes toegeschoven, waarvan er enkele zelfs speciaal uit genegenheid voor haar geschreven zijn. Daarnaast heeft Lucette zes gedichten van andere Jiddisje dichters van vroeger en nu op muziek gezet, waaronder de titelsong ‘Benkshaft’, een bewerking van een gedicht van J.L. Peretz.
De composities van Felsenbaum zijn duidelijk geënt op Roemeense klanken als doina’s, hora’s en sirba’s, maar ook een walsje of een tangootje zingt heerlijk weg.
Door de onderwerpen van de gedichten – kersenbomen, acacia’s, chrysanten – kun je deze cd met recht een geslaagde bloemlezing noemen. Het zou me niet verbazen als een aantal liedjes hieruit binnenkort ook op het repertoire van haar collega’s zal prijken.
De composities en alle welluidende arrangementen van Lucette brengen haar bijzondere Jiddisje liedjes zeer dicht bij de klank van folk en chanson (JW)

Lucette van den Berg / Benkshaft / Dot Time Records, 2012 (Yiddish)

The Netherlands has a group of Yiddish singers to be proud of. Alternately they record totally new, own material. After Shura Lipovsky it is Lucette van den Berg’s turn again with her new CD Benkshaft (= desire).
Her previous CD Friling was dedicated to the songs of her elderly friend Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, this new album is entirely dedicated to her friendship with the poet-writer-composer Mikhoel Felsenbaum.
For this musical poetry album, he has given her a dozen new songs, some of which have even been written out of affection for her. In addition, Lucette composed six poems by other Yiddish poets of the past and present put into songs, including the title song 'Benkshaft', an adaptation of a poem by JL Peretz.
The compositions of Felsenbaum are clearly based on Romanian sounds like doina's, hora and Sirba, but also a waltz or tango is deliciously sung.
With the subjects of the poems - cherrytree, acacia, chrysanthemums - you can call this CD a successful anthology. 
It would not surprise me if some songs here soon will shine on the repertoire of her colleagues.
The compositions and all it’s meodious arrangements brings Lucette’s beautiful Yiddish songs close to the sound of folk and chanson (JW)

CD Recensie All about Jazz

 

Lucette van den Berg
Benkshaft
2012

It might seem like the Latin American standards of Maria Mendes and Lucette van den Berg's Yiddish music are worlds apart, but in fact they're more like kindred spirits. What they share is a deep sense of feeling and the ability to tell a story through music. A story that can be told through tears, but also be carried by strength and will.

Benkshaft is the third album from Lucette van den Berg. Here, her congenial understanding of Yiddish balladry is allowed to shine. The accompaniment is sparse, but effective, and the combination of guitar, upright bass, subtle percussion and classic Klezmer- instruments like violin and accordion provide the perfect foil for Van den Berg's musical tales.

The opener, "A Kleyn Wiglid Far A Groyse Libe," is an achievement in itself. With its eight minutes, it's a ballad of epic proportions that starts with a gently picked guitar before Van den Berg's voice enters. The song slowly builds in tension as bass and a weeping violin is added and in the end, percussionist Ines Klink joins as Van den Berg's swirls in a wordless cry.

The violin is a prominent instrument on the album and Madelien Verheij really makes it sing like a human voice. So much so, that it's almost like a duet where Verheij makes the strings burn with emotion. But it's not all deep balladry, there's also room for a joyful dance on "Wolekh" where Sanne Möricke's accordion takes the spotlight in a song filled with restless energy. Like all the music on the album, it's intense and soulful and proves that folk music isn't a thing of the past, but a timeless expression of the human heart.

Counting at the last days of the year

 

What a wonderful year, this has been.

I'm still a littlebit dizzy of all the things to me this year, but most of all I am grateful for all the wonderful things and the all amazing people I met this year.

And sitting at home at my fireplace it's time to count my blessings.
And I can tell you: I'm still counting...

This year I had such nice and warm concerts in Holland, France and Germany. I met wonderful, warm en enthousiastic people who believe in my way of singing yiddish songs.
For me the concerts in Deauville and Paris, for a yiddish speaking audience were highlights. But also working with Rabbi Avram Soetendorp for the leadershipscourse of Avicienna was amazing. Often I feel very lucky to meet such inspirering persons in my life and also be able to work and discuss life with them. And what to think of the CD release concert, the 25th of november!

And this wonderful year is also the year of my new Album 'Benkshaft' (longing)
I feel blessed to have worked with wonderful musicians, who are not only superb in their craftmenship, but also good and longtime friends. You can hear it on my recordings. It's warm, free and intense.
And how nice to have found a recordcompany who believes in my music and gave me all the space to make my album as personal as it became.

Yes... I'm a very happy and lightly feeling person at this moment. And counting, counting, counting... all my blessings...


I wish all of you a wonderful end of this year and hopefully we'll see each other somewhere around this globe.

Contract!

 

Yep... big news!

I signed a contract with the US based label Dot Time Records! 
Dot-Time Records is a new Jazz and World music label. The label releases feature exciting viruoso artists, both established and newley discovered from around the globe. The branding of the label can be found in the creativity, artistry, passion  and energy of these artists. 

The contract is for my new yiddish album, on wich new songs of Michael Felsenbaum and new compositions of myself will appear.

For me it's very exiting to have a international (worldwide) label, who presents my CD. And I'm very proud to be amongst such great other musicians and artists.

My new yiddish CD was recorded in april. It was about time to make a new  CD, but I'm very aware of the fact that a creative product conducts itself.

When I met Michael Felsenbaum and when he started to write beautiful lyric yiddish songs for me, I knew it was about time to think about a new CD. Later, much later, encouraged by my good friend and guitarplayer Reinout Vrijhoef I also decided that it was about time to record some songs of my own.
My new CD is about longing and friendship. Written by my dear friend Michael and recorded with wonderful musicians, whom also are good friends. I'm blessed. That's for sure.

This week, the artwork for the CD and booklet (also made by a wonderful designer and good friend) are ready for printing and next week the 'master' will be send to the CD factory.

Good times, exiting times..!

A classical concert on the warmest day of the year

 

The first concert of the season was a very special one.
I sang classical reperoire of Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn with to organplayers in my hometown.

It was a littlebit difficult to get my voice back in shape, right after my vacation in France, where I did nothing more than sitting in the sun and swimming a bit in the pool.
Time to work again. But that was very difficult considering the weather... Boy it was hot! Our weather report reported that it were the hottest summerdays since 70 years or so...
Even in the beautiful old Bovenkerk the temperature was 23 degrees Celsius.

You can imagine, that I didn't know what to wear at this concert. I selected two dresses, but at the end I sang my concert in a summerdress..

It went very well. I was fun to work with two organs, one played the basso continuo part and the other played the obligate part.

I hope to do this again. But hopefully with normal temperatures!

Summer break

 

It's july and we'll almost of for our holidays. Just a few days, with some meetings, rehearsels and then I will be in France for some weeks.
In this last week of work, I always have the need to reflect on the past year. And on this moment it fills me with gratitude.

I had a wonderful year, full of concerts, wonderful audience and more..

Some highlights?
Well let's start with the recordings of my new album 'Benkshaft', with new songs of Mikhoel Felsenbaum and myself.
They were absolutely amazing and I can tell you now: Recording an album actually can be fun! The album will be out in october, so I still have to wait a little while, before I will have my album in my hands. But I can assure you: It's an album full of colours and a reflection of my journey in live of the past years.
And then some amazing concerts, with amazing audience: In Enschede in the Synagoge, in Elburg, with princess Maxima as a guest, in Deauville and in Paris. How wonderful it is, to see that the audience appreciates yiddish songs and the way I present it.
I also coached two choirs past year. It's wonderful to see how people react, learn and are inspired by music.
So my conclusion? I love my job! I really do!

See you after the break...


interview with NIW (Dutch Jewish Weekly)

 

Hi Folks,

Here's a small interview with the NIW (Dutch Jewish Weekly). It's small but tells in a few words why I sing yiddish music, about my new album (wich I recorded the last days of april and will released in september or so) and more.
If you read and understand Dutch: Have fun!
If you don't: Maybe it's time to learn dutch??

Busy but happy

 

The last time I updated my blog, it was cold and all the ponds were frozen..
Now it looks like spring finally arrives. And I can tell you: I'm really looking forward to that!

On this moment I actually have no time for spring or sun. I'm very busy with the last texts, arrangements etc. for my new (5th) solo CD.

Yes... that's right. Next week I will record my 5th solo CD with new yiddish repertoire. It will contain music written by Mikhoel Felsenbaum and music written by myself. And it's absolutely thrilling to me!
Tomorrow I will have the last rehearsal, with my amazing wonderful musicians.

And I'm happy that I also have so much concerts to do. This week I had a concert in Vught. Together with Rabbi Awram Soetendorp. On sunday I will perform in the Synagoge of Enschede (a city in Holland near to Germany). It's seems that there will be a mixes audience with dutch and german people.
And next week another concert with Rabbi Soetendorp. I look forward to that too.

So, on this computer, sits a busy but happy singer. Happy to sing with such beautiful friends/ musicians and happy to have such nice audience! (and that's what I try to remember every time when I'm tired of all the work I still have to do).

 

So cold!

 

Winter decided to show her freezing side...
No, I'm not complaining. As a girl living in Holland, I like cold winters, with snow and ice. But I never expected this temperatures. 17 degrees (celsius) below zero... 
In a few days the ponds were frozen and when the ice was thick enough the first daredevils started skating on the ponds.

Here in Holland, we have a crazy kind of behavior, when it's freezing this way.
All we can think is: Elfstedentocht.... A skate tour of 200 km through Friesland and eleven city's in one day. Now for that you have to be crazy or dutch, or both.

Yep, somehow the skating fever got me too... I bought new skates and also a pair of skates for my son, whom is 10 years old. Mummy will teach him skating. Whoehoe! I'm already preparing myself for the worst... But hey... it's fun!

Meanwhile I also worked on some other things: I composed a new song (on a poem wich Mikhoel Felsenbaum wrote for me).
I still have to work on the chords and write down the exact melody, but it's a very sad and nice song in my favorite key: C minor.

This past week I had also contact with some very nice venues in Enschede, Amsterdam and Dieren, where Reinout (my guitarplayer) and I will perform. Check out the calendar for the new dates! 

A varemen grus,

Lucette



 

Working on my new website

 

Wow!

It's been a while, since I last updated my website...
I know, some of you must have thought: Is Lucette still singing? And when she does, where does she perform?

Well folks: I'm alive and kicking. Actually more then that: I'm working on some very interesting and inspiriring things!
As you can see in my calendar, I worked past years on so many things, which deepened my awareness for my way of making music. So far, so good.
With this new fresh start, I needed a new website, with a fresh new look. 

On my new website you can find a fresh new calendar, a store, this blog, my video's and ofcourse new photo's, (the official photo's are made in Switserland by the wonderful creative Abisha Photography on location) but also photo's in more 'musical' settings and of me and my friends. 

So, here it is. Please, take a look and let me know what you think!

I hope you like it.

And when you want an update about all my activities, just sign up at the widget, wich appears 'left side' on every page.

Hope to see you around!

A varemen grus,

Lucette 

De Stentor - Recensie Theaterconcert

 

Review theatreconcert 'Zing shtil/ yiddish songs'
Papenstraattheater, Zwolle 

'Voice and violin made an alliance wich gives you chicken-skin all over'

'Just by humming, Lucette brings the audience in ecstasy.'

'It must be wonderfull dreaming, when Lucette sings 'Shteyt in feld a beymele' at your bedside'

NIW CD Recensie Zing Shtil

 

CD Review 'Zing shtil/ yiddish songs'

'The repertoire is of a very good level, especially when one considers that this is a debut...'

'The singer gives these songs a rendition full of respect for the texts, dreamy and skilful.'

'These five men ( musicians ) together draw up a background of marvelous eastern European sounds.This makes every song, not into an art song, but a precious jewel to listen to at one's leisure.'

'Therefore, this debut easily gets the better of many American products.

'The Netherlands now have another fine Yiddish singer at their disposal, one whom, we hope, will let us hear much more.'

De Stentor - CD recensie Zing Shtil

 

CD Review 'Zing shtil/ yiddish songs'

It's no ordinary performance when a singer is able to surprise us with a collection of Yiddish songs. Soprano singer Lucette van den Berg proves that by using good taste, having a splendid voice and picking a choice orchestra a cd can be made that does, in fact, add something substantial to what is already there. It's a good thing that her repertoire deviates from the usual, and that she chose songs carrying a consistent atmosphere, songs that fit her voice perfectly. The subdued accompaniments are a testimony of her feeling and class. When you hear 'Du shaynst vi di zun' or the intense ' Mayn rue-plats' you will be convinced as well. It's a dream debut!

De Stentor - Recensie concert Zing Shtil

 

'Zing shtil', A recital of Yiddish songs

Odeon: Manegezaal, Zwolle 
 
'Far from diminishing any of her 'classical' performances I found what I heard last Thursday more astounding, fuller of life and emotion, and straighter from the heart than anything I had hear her sing before.'

'Every song became a personal statement, fragile, full of feeling, breathtaking.'

'...she picked five musician friends to accompany her that were exquisitely able to shape the now extravagant and festive, then again heart-rendingly tragic atmosphere of the music.'

 

Zwolse Courant - Recensie concert

 

Program with songs of Chopin, Viardot and Schuman
 
'She delivered a fine rendering of the deeply romantic Schumann pieces that are so full of 'Sehnsucht'. The cycle became a heart-rending story of melancholy and longing, with some examples of excellence to satisfy the connoisseur. A marvelous performance!'

'She performed the charming, but nearly unpronounceable Chopin pieces in grand style, like she has done nothing else for years.'

'The title of the encore, 'La soeur du rossignol' was, in my view, a fitting summary of Lucette's performance at this concert: The nightingale's sister...'

De Stentor - Recensie klassiek Concert

 

Program 'classical Late-Romantic songs
Zwolle, SMZ

'Only a few privileged people are able to express the love lyricism of the Romantic masters in view of its heavy and incisively serious overtones. Lucette van den Berg can do this like no other singer'

'She really believes in what she sings'.

'Moreover she has the kind of voice that's most suited to Works by Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. She has a great instinct for avoiding the technical snags in this repertoire..'

'The way Lucette presented it, it did not become hilarious, a risk that often crops up, but instead it all became fascinating and new'


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