Isabelle Georges

Encore Music  |  Released on 30.04.2021


Encore Music  |  Released on 30.04.2021


This bikhele lider (small singing book) by Isabelle Georges, tribute to Dorothée Vienney, a Yiddish teacher who passed away on February 23, 2021 at the age of 86, is a jewel by its simplicity, intimacy and beauty.

First of all there is a book, a compilation of various texts, including a short biography of Dorothée Vienney, song lyrics in French and Yiddish, a joke, a cooking recipe, a poem, friendly testimonies… We learn how she escaped from the Nazi cruelty, the death of her father, the passing through the free zone, the internment camp of Douadic, the separation with her brothers, and their reunion in 1944, and her life after the war, her learning of languages, among which Yiddish, that she taught afterwards.

Secondly, while reading the book, one must listen to the CD coming with it. Eight songs in Yiddish or in French, sung by Isabelle Georges, the famous velvet voice singer. These songs reflect all the feelings of a Yiddish soul: nostalgia (Di hoydlke, Du du), sadness (Zol zayn, Shtil di nakht is oysgeshternt), or joy (Shpil zhe mir a lidele in yiddish, Kum Leybke tantsn). The various instrumentations bring us in an intimate, sad or jolly atmosphere. Wether it is in duet with the guitar player Jérôme Brajtman, who also did the musical arrangements of almost all the songs, or with more instruments, with the Anouman Quartet, or the pianist Frederik Steenbrink, those songs reveal the love that had Isabelle Georges for Dorothée Vienney.

And even if Yiddish is not your culture, your language, and even if you did not meet Dorothée Vienney, one cannot be insensitive to so much honesty and beauty, literary and musical.

Institut Européen des Musique juives

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