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Avi Avital - Between Worlds

By Mandolin Cafe
December 12, 2013 - 9:30 am

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Avi Avital - Between Worlds

Avi Avital - Between Worlds

Deutsche Grammophon has announced the pending release of Avi Avital's Between Worlds for January 14, 2014.

After the success of the Bach recording, Avi returns to again defy expectations with a selection of beautiful melodies and delightful dances from Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas, each with roots in popular folk traditions, arranged by some of the worlds greatest classical composers.

The resulting dialogue between North and South, East and West, New and Old, Classical and Traditional offers a captivating musical journey.

For this journey, Avi is joined by a host of special guests: from music legends such as Richard Galliano and Giora Feidman, to DG stars such as Catrin Finch, accompanied by a hand-picked ensemble of virtuoso friends from around the world.


Miniatures On Georgian Folk Themes
Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56
Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâta (Stick Dance)
Brâul (Sash Dance)
Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance From Bucsum)
Román polka / Poarga Româneasca (Romanian Polka)
Aprózó / Maruntel (Fast Dance)
Traditional Bulgarian
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Aria: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
Astor Piazzolla
Fuga y misterio
Manuel de Falla - Siete canciones populares espaņolas
El paño moruno
Seguidilla murciana
Vittorio Monti
Sulkhan Tsintsadze - Miniatures On Georgian Folk Themes
Shepherd's Dance
Miniatures On Georgian Folk Themes
Dance Tune
Ernest Bloch - Baal Shem (Nigun)
Ora Bat Chaim
Freilach Ron - Klezmer Improvisation
Antonín Dvorák - String Quartet No.12 In F Major, Op.96 - "American" B.179
Vivace ma non troppo
Traditional Welsh
Hen Ferchetan

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Dagger Gordon
December 12, 2013 10:13 AM
Looks really good, judging by the video.
December 12, 2013 12:57 PM
I loved that video and I need this album.. I especially like what Avi says at 2:00 about the depth of the mandolin and the opportunity for discovery. It is my own experience as well. Its why I enjoy playing the mandolin more than I enjoy playing any particular genre of music on the mandolin.

I love the sound of those Kerman mandolins. Wow. Maybe its just the production, but wow.
December 12, 2013 03:10 PM
It is so nice to see the other musicians interviewed. Avi has a great respect for the ensemble and the sounds that can come if everyone has a creative input. It is also nice to hear what he likes and not just what the big recording company demands. I guess they are giving artists more artistic control now days. In any case I like what I hear so far. Can't wait for the CD.
Nick Royal
December 14, 2013 07:22 PM
The YouTube was really very nice! I love the section on how the mandolin speaks to him! I will get the cd in January...if it
doesn't come to me as a Christmas gift.
December 16, 2013 06:41 PM
Lots of passion here. It will be a great CD I am sure of it.
Keith Newell
December 23, 2013 10:55 PM
I am very impressed. I will own this album.
January 14, 2014 10:25 PM
Giving the new album a first listen and loving it so far! Something strange, though - the track listing seems to be different depending on where you order. I got it from Google, and it has 24 tracks, Amazon the same. Most other sites list 25, and iTunes has 27(!). What's going on here? More distressing still, the missing track is the excerpt from the Dvorak "American" quartet, which I was really looking forward to. It's too late to get a refund from Google and I'm not paying again just for one track. Is there a reason different outlets got different versions? This is a trend I absolutely despise - why punish fans because they buy from the wrong vendor?
Jim Garber
January 15, 2014 10:07 AM
You are correct, Ken. I am an emusic subscriber and they have the 24 track version for $8.99 which is missing Baal Shem, Vocalise and the Dvorak. Amazon also only has the 24 track version. The iTunes version costs $3 more with those three tracks. I wonder if this is a iTunes only arrangement with the record label?
Jim Garber
January 15, 2014 10:10 AM
This sounds wonderful. I just listened to a few of the excerpts.

However, I am an emusic subscriber and they have the 24 track version for $8.99 which is missing (I think) Baal Shem, Vocalise and the Dvorak. Amazon also only has the 24 track version. The iTunes version with 27 tracks costs $3 more. I wonder if this is a iTunes only arrangement with the record label?

Why would the record label release different versions of this recording?
January 15, 2014 11:07 AM
I checked the album out on Spotify this morning. What was really intriguing is that each of the pieces has an introduction, explaining the instruments used and how the arrangement was constructed. It's a level of insight into the creation that one normally doesn't get.
January 15, 2014 12:10 PM
Timely thread! I just noticed this was out and was going to order it.
I'll now be most careful about where I aquire it. I'd hate to miss out out.

Thank you!!
January 15, 2014 12:41 PM
Wait - are you guys talking about audio downloads, or does the actual Deutsche Grammophon disc differ from one source to another?

Jim Garber
January 15, 2014 01:00 PM
It looks like the DG according to Amazon, the disc only has the 24 tracks.
January 15, 2014 01:09 PM
It's even more confusing than that, because the DG website lists 25 tracks as well. What's going on here, and is there any recourse for those of us stuck with incomplete versions?
January 15, 2014 01:09 PM
What is the deal with the extra disc on Spotify? It is a recording of awesome "notes" as read by Avi on each track and his approach. Is that on the downloaded version and/or the CD? This is all very confusing and I don't see it anywhere except Spotify. Looks like iTunes has three bonus tracks (noted as bonus in the listing).
January 15, 2014 02:56 PM
Maybe this will help clear things up, or not:

Amazon is selling the CD with 24 tracks, but they're also selling the MP3 download version as 26 tracks with a 27th item listed as "Digital Booklet: Between Worlds (Album only). Here's the link:

Track #25 is listed as "25 Bloch: Baal Shem - 2. Nigun (Solo Version / Bonus Track)", and track #26 is "Ravel: Vocalise en Forme de Habanera (Bonus Track)."

The use of the term "Bonus Track" usually means it's something released as a digital download only, and not included on a CD release. I assume that would include "track" or item #27, the digital booklet. I guess you're supposed to buy these tracks separately if you only bought the CD, but then Amazon confuses things by offering the digital booklet only with the full MP3 album purchase.

To further confuse things, Amazon is listing an "import" version of the CD that won't be available until January 28, and will cost a whopping $34.47 USD. Don't know what the deal is with that one, because tracks aren't listed. Maybe it includes a physical printed booklet at that price? Here's the link below, for what it's worth. If I pick this up at some point, I'll just get the MP3 album version which seems to have all the tracks.
January 15, 2014 03:06 PM
Amazon does not appear to have the Dvorak, which must be an iTunes exclusive.
Jim Garber
January 15, 2014 03:31 PM
As coletrickle noted, there is no Dvorak... here is the last few tracks on the iTunes download. You get the extra track for the same price as the Amazon. Very strange, IMHO.
January 15, 2014 03:33 PM
The audio CD for sale on Amazon UK has 25 tracks. Won't be available till Jan 20.
January 15, 2014 03:38 PM
Dang, if I get this, I want the Dvorak, but I want nothing to do with itunes on my computer ever again.... waaah! :crying:

Maybe it's time to just wait until the dust settles before getting anything...

January 15, 2014 03:39 PM
Wow two threads on this.

Well, the audio CD available on Amazon UK has 25 tracks. Won't be available till Jan 20.
Jim Garber
January 15, 2014 03:44 PM
I think that is what I will do. I wrote to Avi... maybe he has a clue why they did that.
January 16, 2014 09:06 AM
To redirect the conversation - I do want to talk about the music, too, which is wonderful! For me, the highlight is the back to back tracks of Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla right in the middle. It's pretty much a perfect summation of what he's going for on this album and I love it.
Scott Tichenor
January 16, 2014 09:30 AM
Merged the two concurrent identical threads as both have information that is similar and of interest on the same subject.
Jim Garber
January 16, 2014 09:37 AM
Speaking of which, Avi is playing tomorrow night at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in New York. Unfortunately, the concert is currently sold out. The woman at the ticket office told me that sometimes there are last minute cancellations, so I will probably check and see what happens.
Jim Garber
January 17, 2014 03:56 PM
Sad to say, he who hesitates... I called the other day and the NY concert is sold out. They said to call again for cancellations but not yet and it is too late for me to go. If anyone is in New York City and happens to be near Carnegie right before the shoe it might be possible to get extremely last minute tickets, but no guarantee.

I was looking fwd to hearing one of those Kerman mandolins.

For those of us who can't be there, there is this enjoyable video of Avi:

JH Murray
January 18, 2014 12:30 PM
Sadly itunes is not listing it for sale in Canada. Pity.
January 18, 2014 05:20 PM
Ken_P was there at the concert, and posted this review earlier today.

January 18, 2014 08:50 PM
Not sure if anyone is aware but, you can download Spotify and type the artist, then it shows all available artist CDs, click and enjoy! There are a few ads to deal with but at least you can get a full listen before you buy. Whats better, you can save it in your play list, you can listen to the radio which also provides indy music that matches your liking. Its pretty cool for free. Can't hurt to try and maybe get exposed to new music. Get inspired!

I was able to listen to the entire CD on Spotify and it is very creative for sure. Sort of classified as world music in my mind. It makes sense because I think his goal is to show versatility in the mandolin and offer more credibility than the instrument is getting. There are many talented artists now fighting this good fight. I like his passion.
Ed Goist
January 28, 2014 07:44 AM
From Deutsche Grammophon's twitter page this morning:
Listen to Avi Avital speak about his new album Between Worlds and explore the music.
February 03, 2014 07:21 PM
I have bought the album and really, really like it. I'm not competent to provide a more detailed critique, but this recording straddles classical and folk music with stunning virtuosity and an audible soul that does justice to both genres. Very tasteful, interesting, and a thing of beauty. Do give it a listen.
Jim Garber
February 03, 2014 08:08 PM
I just downloaded on iTunes. I am looking to giving it a good listen.
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