Pincus and the Pig: A Klezmer Taleby Shirim Klezmer Orchestra
The Boston-based Shirim Klezmer Orchestra made a name for themselves with their inventive take on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, which at long last gave Jewish youngsters -- and their parents -- an alternative to Christmas pageants. Part of the appeal, beyond the exuberant klezmer rhythms, was the cheeky Yiddish appropriation of this traditionally Gentile material -- the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" became the "March of the Latkes Queens," and so on. Pincus and the Pig, Shirim's interpretation of Peter and the Wolf, may not hold the same instant recognition for kids, but the story, narrated by children's book author Maurice Sendak, is a pleasing addition to the ferment of "radical Jewish culture" (as promoted by the record label, Tzadik, run by avant-garde trumpeter John Zorn). Sendak's narration is thick with Yiddishisms and accents, so much so that small children might have a hard time understanding him. Fortunately, the disc includes a short, illustrated booklet with the whole story, a Yiddish glossary, and a page of stickers. The best joke is right out front, with the little shtetl boy Pincus, depicted in floppy cap and side curls, menaced by a nasty piece of pork. Then there's the sly musical asides: klezmer versions of music by Brahms, Satie, Rimsky-Korsakov, and, of course Prokofiev, whose famous work is parodied on the disc's first 11 selections. The inspired playing, paired with Sendak's old-shul delivery, makes for a musical experience that's as much fun for adults as it is for the kinderlach.
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- Did You Hear of Boychick Pincus?
- The Duck and Birdie
- Suddenly, Pincus Spied a Cat...
- Zeyde Comes Out
- No Sooner Had They Disappeared Inside...
- So Now, This Is How Things Stood
- Fly Down and Tease the Pig...
- Suddenly, Cossacks Sprang Out of the Woods
- Now, Imagine the Triumphant Procession
- And If You Listen Very Carefully...
- Scheherezade (Excerpt)
- Waltz (3rd Mvmt)
- Gnossienne for piano No. 4
- Mazzesinzel Strut (Excerpt)
Performance CreditsShirim Klezmer Orchestra Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Maurice Sendak Narrator
Glenn Dickson Clarinet
David Harris Trombone
Jim Gray Tuba
Michael McLaughlin Piano,Accordion
Eric Rosenthal Drums
Brandon Seabrook Banjo,Mandolin
Fishel Bressler Glossary
Technical CreditsJohannes Brahms Composer
Gustav Mahler Composer
Sergey Prokofiev Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Erik Satie Composer
Maurice Sendak Composer,Artwork,Story,Story Writer
Glenn Dickson Arranger,Producer
John Servies Engineer,Engineering
Mark Tanzer Engineer,Engineering
John Zorn Executive Producer
David Harris Arranger
Michael McLaughlin Arranger
Eric Rosenthal Producer
Fishel Bressler Liner Notes
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This is one of the best new children's CDs I've heard in a long time. Definitely buy it for the Holidays!