LEBNS FRAGN - December 2007
דעם פיַיערלעכן פרימאָרגן האָט צוגעגעבן "קאָליר און קלאנג" דער אויפטריט פון ווירא לאָזינסקי,
וועלכע האָט אויפגעזונגען דריַי לידער – "די קרעניצע" פון איציק פעפער באארבעטונג פון רעגינע
דריקער), געבירטיגס "קום, לייבקע, טאנצן" און דאָס חוה (מוזיק: "מלאכים-פון איר פאָטער, דעם
דיכטער מיכאל פעלזענבאום. ווירא לאזינסקי איז א אלבערשטיין, שילערין פון איר ווארשטאט
ליפשיץ, וועלכע איז געווען מיט אונדז אין זאל און האָט נחמה ליד" פון צוזאמען מיטן עולםגעשעפט
נחת פוןטאלאנטפולער תלמידהדעם געזאנג
Vira Lozinsky Sings
Vesti , Israel
IF YOU WANT TO HEAR NOT ONLY SONGS IN YIDDISH, BUT ALSO TO APPRECIATE
FULLY THEIR PECULIAR DELIGHTS, THEN THE CONCERTS OF VIRA LOZINSKY, A
PUPIL OF NECHAMA LIFSHITZ, ARE SOME OF THE BEST VERSIONS
Above all, Vira has a beautiful voice – warm, rich with overtones, expressive. But her
voice – it comes from Heaven. Vira has possessed perfectly for a long time now the
secrets of the vocal art which it is possible to obtain only from people. Especially if you
have as your instructor a woman, who was at one time in the Soviet Union and now
abides in Israel as the living incarnation of the most precious thing that a culture includes,
that is treated by many as provincial, but which has given the world Sholem Aleichim and
Bashevis Singer, Mikhail Alexandrovich and Emil Gorovets. Vira has excellent diction,
which allows even a person who knows Yiddish very poorly or who does not know it at all,
to perceive every word distinctly. She is able not only, as they say, to move one deeply
with the sound itself, but also transform every song into a little sketch – with living
characters and a plot, with monologues and dialogues, sometimes sad, sometimes funny,
and sometimes even, as it should be for a genuinely Jewish song, containing the tragic
and comic in equal proportions.
At the same time, what is especially important, Vira never crosses that fine and, not like
all performers of Jewish song, marked line, beyond which true feelings change into a
performance of not the highest example. Vira’s repertoire is not confined to songs from
аn open-all-night quasi-restaurant collection in which each specimen may be remarkable
in and of itself, but is way too greasy and soiled. You will be convinced once more at her
concert that the most popular by no means represents the best.
Nevertheless, the choice of repertoire is, but of course, a contribution of Vira’s teacher.
And also of her constant partner, the pianist, composer and arranger Regina Driker, who
has been working at Nehama Lifshitz’s studio for many years. Regina is a pianist also
In short, if you want to hear a real song in Yiddish, look for the names of Vira Lozinsky
and Regina Driker on the playbills!
(Translation from Russian - Roy Cochrun)
" Discovery of the Year..."
ARTE TV, Metropolis.
" Without a doubt, Vira Lozinsky is one of the best Yiddish singers today."
Forverts , New York .
Lozinsky's powerful alto is vibrant and warm - the perfect instrument to convey this unique and
highly original repertoire. Her acute attention to dynamics and lyrical nuance make the
performances on the CD even more commanding, vividly evoking the "land of wine and sadness"
about which she sings. One cannot help being drawn into the mythic Bessarabian landscape of
these songs, filled with pastoral images of green fields, lonely shepherds, forlorn young maidens
and star-filled skies that conjure dreams and hopes.
Lozinsky shines vibrantly on Vayte Shtern, and her star will no doubt soon shine across the
international Yiddish culture scene, as premier performer of Yiddish song and as a leader of a new
generation of Israeli Yiddish singers.
Eric Stein "The Canadian Jewish news"
" Emotionally appealing songs.."
Deutsche Welle | A World of Music | 29.03.2008 .