In the Fiddler's House

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
One of the finest classical crossover albums ever, and wouldn't you know it, it's Jewish! Violin maestro Perlman convened the brightest lights of today's klezmer scene for his exploration of shtetl soul, a collaboration that birthed a PBS special, a video, and a sequel of sorts, Tradition, focusing on more religious fare. But In The Fiddler's House, there's a party going on as the classical master applies his finely filligreed tones to the rough-and-ready rhythms of Eastern-European dance music. With clarinetist/mandolinist Andy Statman, the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Alan Bern's Brave Old World on hand, Perlman proves himself an amiable host. He's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
One of the finest classical crossover albums ever, and wouldn't you know it, it's Jewish! Violin maestro Perlman convened the brightest lights of today's klezmer scene for his exploration of shtetl soul, a collaboration that birthed a PBS special, a video, and a sequel of sorts, Tradition, focusing on more religious fare. But In The Fiddler's House, there's a party going on as the classical master applies his finely filligreed tones to the rough-and-ready rhythms of Eastern-European dance music. With clarinetist/mandolinist Andy Statman, the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Alan Bern's Brave Old World on hand, Perlman proves himself an amiable host. He's not afraid to give the estimable company their share of the spotlight. You never get the feeling that Perlman is slumming it with his young colleagues or that the klez kats are indulging a game but hopelessly square uncle. While it would be wrong to call In The Fiddler's House a klezmer album, with its unique fusion of culture high and low -- not to mention blazing instrumental work -- Perlman's project achieves that rare crossover dream. There's something for klezmer fans in his limpid virtuosity, to be sure. But by opening up the lyricism of these rambunctious tunes with his liquid bowing, Perlman gives one weighty argument for the serious need to preserve the klezmer repertoire, one that's essentially been consigned to bar mitzvah entertainment and wedding bands. In The Fiddler's House is one place where Jews, non-Jews, klezmer fans, and fiddle buffs can all feel at home.
All Music Guide
In the Fiddler's House is a collection of traditional klezmer music performed by the acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman captures the careening, infectious spirit of klezmer with style and grace, making In the Fiddler's House an intoxicating listen. ~ David Jehnzen
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355555526
  • Catalog Number: 55555
  • Sales rank: 67,944

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reb Itzik's Nign - Brave Old World (6:00)
  2. 2 Simkhes Toyre Time - The Klezmatics (3:22)
  3. 3 Flatbush Waltz - Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra (6:11)
  4. 4 Wedding Medley - Klezmer Conservatory Band (5:07)
  5. 5 Dybbuk Shers - The Klezmatics (4:45)
  6. 6 Basarabye - Brave Old World (6:55)
  7. 7 Firn Di Mekhutonim Aheym - Klezmer Conservatory Band (5:33)
  8. 8 Tati un Mama Tants (Mom and Dad's Dance) - Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra (5:48)
  9. 9 Fisherlid - The Klezmatics (6:24)
  10. 10 Der Alter Bulgar - Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra (5:50)
  11. 11 Ale Brider - Klezmer Conservatory Band (3:43)
  12. 12 Honga - The Klezmatics (2:47)
  13. 13 Doyna & Skotshna - Brave Old World (3:31)
  14. 14 Der Heyser Bulgar - Klezmer Conservatory Band (3:50)
  15. 15 Di Gayster - The Klezmatics (1:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Itzhak Perlman Primary Artist, Violin, Vocals
Klezmer Conservatory Band Track Performer
Brave Old World Track Performer
Andy Statman Clarinet, Mandolin
The Klezmatics Track Performer
Obin Miller Flute, Piccolo
Steven Paul Choir, Chorus
Alan Bern Piano, Accordion
Gary Bohan Cornet
Judy Bressler Tambourine, Vocals
Stuart Brotman Bass, Cimbalom
James Guttmann Bass
Mark Hamilton Trombone
David Krakauer Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vocals
David Licht Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Frank London Piano, Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Morrissett Bass, Vocals
Hankus Netsky Accordion, Alto Saxophone
Javier Perez-Saco Piano
Mimi Rabson Violin
Lorin Sklamberg Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Grant Smith Percussion, Drums
Ilene Stahl Clarinet
Alicia Svigals Violin, Vocals
Jeff Warschauer Banjo, Mandolin
Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra Track Performer
Michael Alpert Violin, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kurt Bjorling Clarinet, Cimbalom
Technical Credits
Steven Paul Producer
Alan Bern Director
Hankus Netsky Director
Michael Alpert Director, Liner Notes
Jac Venza Executive Producer
Mark Warshawsky Composer
Kurt Bjorling Composer
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