Giora Feidman – Viva El Klezmer (1991)

frontcover1Giora Feidman (Hebrew: גיורא פיידמן; born March 26, 1936) is an Argentine-born Israeli clarinetist who specializes in klezmer music.

Giora Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian Jewish parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Feidman married Ora Bat-Chaim, his personal manager, in 1975.

Feidman began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. Two years later he immigrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the orchestra for over 20 years.[2] In the early 1970s he began his solo career. He has performed with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 1974 the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer Misha Segal to write a concerto for clarinet and orchestra for Giora Feidman. The one movement piece, which was based on an original Nigun, premiered that same year.

giorafeidman01Giora Feidman in 2006

Movie director Steven Spielberg invited him to play the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of Schindler’s List, which won seven Academy Awards.

Feidman founded the “Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee” seminar and master class program, which takes place every year in Safed, Israel.(by wikipedia)

And this is another album in the long career of Giora Feidman … listen, discover and enjoy the magic of Klezmer music … a real treasure !

This is the German edition … so, the booklet is written in German.

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Personnel:
Giora Feidman (clarinet)
Ami Frenkel (bass)
Shmuel Hershko (tuba)
Ofer Shalhin (drums, percussion)
Oscar Sher (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. To My Friend Michale (Liberman) 2.59
02. Let’s Dance: Ancient Melody / Sherele (Ne’eman/Traditional) 2.53
03. The Sounds Of Safed (O. Sher) 2.58
04. Silk Night Gown (Traditional) 2.06
05. Rozhinkes mit Mandeln (Goldfaden) 2.49
06. Bublitschki (Traditional) 2.36
07. Vehaeir Eineinu (Karlibach) 3.36
08. The Old Klezmer Band (Traditional) 2.49
09. Let’s Sing (Traditional) 2:39
10. To Giora – The Klezmer (O. Sher) 2.31
11. Desert Dawn (Katz) 4.21
12. Come In Peace (Katz) 2.44
13. Bouncing (Niturim) (O. Sher) 1.55
14. The New Freilach (Alstein) 2.30

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Giora Feidman – Klezmer Celebration (1997)

FrontCover1Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the gated ghettos of central Europe.

He began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the prestigious Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. After two years he migrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the early 1970s he migrated to the USA, settling in New York where he began his solo career.

He has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Having been invited by director Steven Spielberg, he played the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of the film Schindler’s List, which won seven Academy Awards.

An accomplished and versatile musician, besides Kletzmer Feidman plays Tango, Jazz, and Classical music and often blends the four currents together into unique pieces. Feidman has collaborated and recorded with many musicians, including Ariel Ramirez, poet/composer Ora Bat Chaim, organist Matthias Eisenberg, and the Moroccan Ali Hafid

This beautiful album was recorded in St. Peter´s Church, Chelsea/New York (February 1997). It´s time to discover the wonderful world of Klezmer music !

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Joe Basar (guitar)
Giora Feidman (clarinet, basset horn, vocals)
Antony Falanga (bass)
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John Arrucci (drums, percussion)
Arthur Baron (trombone, euphonium, didjerido)
Stephen Benson (guitar)
Jane Ira Bloom (saxophone)
John Carbone (bass on 09.)
Brad Catler (tabla, dumbek, bodhran, zarb, gungaw)
Matt Darriau (kaval (bulgarian flute on 07.)
Shlomo Deshet (drums, percussion on 09.)
Steve Elson (clarinet on 12.)
Gaida (bulgarian bagpipe on 09.)
Timothy Hill (vocals on 07.)
Myron Lutzke (cello)
Michael Rabinowitz (bassoon)
Adam Rogers (guita)r
Ronnie Zito (drums on 02.)

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01. Medley: Mazel Tov (Traditional) 3.14
02. Happy Birthday (M.Hill/P.Hill ) 3.55
03. Wedding March (Traditional) 2.53
04. Lecha Dodi (Traditional) 3.40
05. Ken Bakodesh / Mitsva Gdola / Lemaa’an Tzion (Traditional) 3.13
06. Overture on Jewish Themes Op. 34 (Prokofjiew) 4.06
07. B’beit Hatzayar (Ora Bat Chaim) (unknown) 4.56
08. Freilach Hila (Traditional) 3.13
09. Devekut (Ora Bat Chaim) (unknown) 3.54
10. Rememberance (Wolf) 2.30
11. Vos Du Vilst, Dos Vil Ich Oych (Sholom Secunda) (unknown) 2.58
12. The Grandparents’ Dance (Liberman ) 5.01
13. The Entertainer (Joplin) 3.36
14. Parents Of The Bride & Freilach (Traditional) 5.48
15. Tony’s Freilach (Basar) 3.17

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