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Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

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Vocal music in a language we don’t understand is normally a partial aesthetic experience, connotation without denotation. Elina Duni left Albania in 1992, when she was 10, moved to Switzerland and only recently rediscovered her country’s traditional songs. From the opening track, “Ka një mot,” her alluring voice, lonely in space, might be coming from beyond the misty mountains of Albania, pictured in the CD booklet. Matanë Malit, which means “beyond the mountain,” is one rapt, solemn atmosphere.

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