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Shirim Klezmer Orchestra: Klezmer Nutcracker

Track List

>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 4, Trépak
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 2, March
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 5, Arabian Dance "Coffee"
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 6, Chinese Dance
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 7, Dance of the Reeds
>Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 8, Waltz of the Flowers
>Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan": 1st movement, Langsam schleppend
>Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1
>Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1
>Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 2
>Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3
>Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor
>Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor
>Turk in America
>Russian bulgar
>Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Shirim has been performing traditional and original klezmer music since 1982. The band has toured extensively in North America and their music was used in Woody Allen's movie, 'Deconstructing Harry'. All members of the band are also well known for their.Newport Classic.2004

Album Notes

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? ~ Matthew Robinson


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