The 78rpm recordings that are still emerging from archives around the world offer unique vistas on past musical cultures. These findings show the extent to which repertoires of traditional music have evolved in the century or more since commercial recordings became a widespread product. Notably, the old recordings show, among many other matters, that widely popular songs from the turn of the 20th century are absent from late 20th century revivalist trends of these same repertoires. The Ladino or Judeo-Spanish song repertoire is an exemplary example of this phenomenon.
This rare recording of one of the last surviving singers of the Maftirim choir (Edirne, Turkey), Samuel Benaroya, documents a mostly unrecorded tradition dating from the 17th century of Hebrew & sacred poems set to Ottoman classic music. Recorded by Moshe Kirschbaum, annotated by Edwin Seroussi.