Oytsres – Treasures:
Klezmer Music 1908-1996
(Schott Wergo SM 1621 2; Mainz, 1999)
Oytsres contains performances by many of the musical personalities described in the book, Klezmer Music, by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens (Bärenreiter/dtv, 1999), the colorful social history of Yiddish wedding and celebratory music spanning centuries and continents. Among these are the Ukrainian-Jewish violinist M.I. Rabinovitsh, likely the last representative of the lyrical and ornate violin tradition of 19th century Jewish eastern Europe, as well as Naftule Brandwein, Shloimke Beckerman, Dave Tarras and the Max Epstein, the four great American-Jewish clarinetists of the immigrant era in New York. The influence of klezmer music on the Yiddish theater can be heard in Solomon Fayntukh’s symphonic arrangements of traditional klezmer tunes, recorded 1939 in the USSR, and in the melodies of the beloved Yiddish theater composer Alexander Olshanetsky in New York. That the klezmer tradition has organically continued on within both the religious and secular worlds is shown by such varied performances as a field recording of the ultra-orthodox clarinetist Avrom Segal from Israel and the ensemble of the concert clarinetist Joel Rubin from Los Angeles, who is considered by many among the oldest generation of eastern European-influenced American klezmorim as well as the Hasidic musicians of Israel to be the most important interpreter of the klezmer art today. more...