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Hot Pstromi/Yale Strom: City of the Future: Yiddish Songs From the Former Soviet Union

Track List

>Who Did It
>Red Army
>Young Forces Grow
>On the Slope
>Hirsh Lekert
>Girls Sewing at the Machines
>Stone on a Stone, A
>Among the Highest
>City of the Future
>Village Pain
>My Youth
>Young Guard, The
>This Will Be
>Song of the Collective Farmer, The
>Not to Worry
>Well, A
>Luminous Detachments
>Factory Song

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Yale Strom, the multiply gifted American violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, educator, photographer and playwright is among other things, considered a pioneer among klezmer revivalists with his comprehensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans regions within the Jewish and Rom communities. "City of the Future" explores the Jewish songs composed by Shmuel Polonski in 1931, a golden time of great vitality Yiddish culture within the former Soviet Union. Recorded for the first time, these pre-WWII songs are a vital historic and creative portrait of a moment in time, strongly performed by Strom with his klezmer ensemble Hot Pstromi and a roster of guest singers including Michael Alpert of Brave Old World and Judy Bressler of the Klezmer Conservatory Crew among man others.

Album Notes

Composer: Shmuel Polonski.

Composer: Shmuel Polonski.

Personnel: Vira Lozinsky, Judy Bressler, Vira Bressler (vocals, alto saxophone); Daniel Kahn, Michael Alpert (vocals, tenor saxophone); Falk "Yankl Falk" Jack (vocals, baritone saxophone); Elizabeth Schwartz, Anthony Russell (vocals).

Audio Mixer: Tripp Sprague.

Liner Note Author: Yale Strom.

Recording information: Studio West.

Photographer: Yale Strom.


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