Klezmer: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Arhoolie and its affiliated labels have reissued this material, largely taken from the collection of the collector Dr. Martin Schwartz, several times over the years (first as a 16-track LP, then later as a 24-track CD), but the 1997 CD has the most informative notes and the best sound. (For songs painstakingly transferred from fragile 78 RPM records, many of them clearly damaged, this is an important consideration.) This music is of vital historical importance, being the first known recordings of klezmer, the instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, but it's at least as musically impressive as it is historically valuable. The earliest tracks, recorded in Europe in the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Arhoolie and its affiliated labels have reissued this material, largely taken from the collection of the collector Dr. Martin Schwartz, several times over the years (first as a 16-track LP, then later as a 24-track CD), but the 1997 CD has the most informative notes and the best sound. (For songs painstakingly transferred from fragile 78 RPM records, many of them clearly damaged, this is an important consideration.) This music is of vital historical importance, being the first known recordings of klezmer, the instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, but it's at least as musically impressive as it is historically valuable. The earliest tracks, recorded in Europe in the first decade of the 20th century, owe much to gypsy music and Eastern European folk forms, but as the record (which is not in strict chronological order) progresses, klezmer's own sound, heavy on the minor-key melodies and speedy tempos, becomes more obvious. Interestingly, the latest recordings, made in New York in the '20s, have introduced distinctive clarinet solos that don't sound that far removed from the classic early jazz records being made at the same time and place. Dr. Schwartz's informative notes are excellent for placing this music into its proper historical, social, and musical context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297703427
  • Catalog Number: 7034
  • Sales rank: 337,370

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doïna and Hora - Jacob Hoffman (3:06)
  2. 2 Sirba - Orchestra Orfeon (3:36)
  3. 3 Mechutonim Tantz (3:20)
  4. 4 Kalliarash (3:16)
  5. 5 Yiddish Chusedel - Philip Friedman (3:34)
  6. 6 Kleftico Vlachiko - Orchestra Goldberg (3:24)
  7. 7 Fihren Die Mechutonim Aheim (Tanz) - Naftule Brandwine (3:37)
  8. 8 Koilen (Dance) (3:31)
  9. 9 Ch'sidishe Nigunim (2:58)
  10. 10 Haneros Haluli - H. Steiner (2:52)
  11. 11 Sadigurer-Chusid - Joseph Moskowitz (3:14)
  12. 12 Doina, Pt. 1 - S. Kosch (3:19)
  13. 13 Doina, Pt. 2 - S. Kosch (2:45)
  14. 14 Turkische Yalle Vey Uve (Tanz) - Naftule Brandwein (3:21)
  15. 15 Sadegurer Chused'l (3:00)
  16. 16 Biem Reben's Sideh (3:35)
  17. 17 Oi, Tate, S'Is Gut - Naftule Brandwein (3:14)
  18. 18 Schweir und Schwiger Tanz (3:13)
  19. 19 Rumänische Fantasien, Pt. 1 - Joseph Solinski (2:43)
  20. 20 Khosidl - Belf's Rumanian Orchestra (2:42)
  21. 21 Der Shtiller Bulgar (3:06)
  22. 22 A Mitzve Tenzel - Hochman Orchestra (3:04)
  23. 23 National Hora, Pt. 2 (3:27)
  24. 24 Sher, Pt. 2 (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Tarras Clarinet
Joseph Solinski Violin, Cymbalom
Herb Steiner Violin, Cymbalom
Phil Friedmann Piano
Kandel's Orchestra Track Performer
Naftule Brandwein Track Performer
Abe Schwartz Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Track Performer
Boibriker Kapelle Track Performer
Max Yussim Piano
Mishka Ziganoff Accordion, Track Performer
Jacob Hoffman Xylophone
Joseph Moskowitz Track Performer, Cymbalom
Technical Credits
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Contributor
Elizabeth Weil Cover Art
Leticia del Toro Contributor
Traditional Composer
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