Giora Feidman, Klarinet Klezmer

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Mittel European, or Ashkenazic, Jews developed their own music — klezmer — with a mix of strings and reeds playing melodies very akin to that of their Balkan village neighbours. The similarities are obvious on a piece like "The Tarras 'Freilach," where Feldman's liquid clarinet playing slides with easy grace around the rhythm. "Shofar," though, recalls and celebrates the famous horn that demolished Jericho's walls, and "Nigun" takes its title from an ancient Hassidic story, offering a genteel, melodic coda.