Klezmer Nutcracker

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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
It's holiday time! And what does that mean musically? Of course, klezmer! Now you may be saying, "But isn't this traditionally the time for Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker"?" Well, yes! But now there is a new holiday tradition for the rest of us and, in fact, for all of us. For nearly a decade, the Boston-based klezmer consortium Shirim which plays in a somewhat more avant-garde style as Naftule's Dream, by the way has been torquing this traditional holiday happening in a very novel yet very sensible way. As both klezmer and Tchaikovsky are based in Russia and as both the original "Nutcracker" and this shtetl-ized version are intended as dances, the turn is often as smooth ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
It's holiday time! And what does that mean musically? Of course, klezmer! Now you may be saying, "But isn't this traditionally the time for Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker"?" Well, yes! But now there is a new holiday tradition for the rest of us and, in fact, for all of us. For nearly a decade, the Boston-based klezmer consortium Shirim which plays in a somewhat more avant-garde style as Naftule's Dream, by the way has been torquing this traditional holiday happening in a very novel yet very sensible way. As both klezmer and Tchaikovsky are based in Russia and as both the original "Nutcracker" and this shtetl-ized version are intended as dances, the turn is often as smooth as a latke well?. Instead of sugarplum fairies spinning stiffly on point, Shirim conjures up rugalah elves twirling through an uproarious hora. The melodies are still familiar, but the mood is much more Bolshoi than ballet. On the second half of this album, Shirim takes other famous compositions to task, turning Mahler's "First Symphony" into the chair-lifting "Gustav's Wedding" and Brahms' "Hungarian Rhapsody" into "Hungarian Ghoulash" literally and figuratively. In the hands of these talented musicians, no song is safe, but all's well that ends...well?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2013
  • Label: Newport Classics
  • UPC: 032466564024
  • Catalog Number: 85640
  • Sales rank: 44,336

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Primary Artist
Glenn Dickson Clarinet, Group Member
David Harris Trombone, Group Member
Jim Gray Tuba
Michael McLaughlin Piano, Accordion
Eric Rosenthal Drums, Group Member
Pete Fitzpatrick Banjo, Group Member
John Manning Tuba, Group Member
Technical Credits
Glenn Dickson Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Henk Kooistra Mastering
Mark Tanzer Engineer
David Harris Arranger
Michael McLaughlin Arranger
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