• Released
  • Label
    Chandos Records
  • Catalog
    CHAN 10181


  1. 1Vu bist du gevezn far prohibition
  2. 2Di Zilberne Khasene
  3. 3Dem Trisker rebbins choisid
  4. 4Fun Tashlikh

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Airat Ichmouratov clarinet
Alain Legault guitar
Elvira Misbakhova violin
Mark Peetsma double-bass
Henri Oppenheim accordion

I Musici de Montréal
Yuli Turovsky artistic director and conductor

Program notes

Klezmer is the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, born of a Yiddish culture that has today almost disappeared. Though instrumental music was outlawed by the rabbis after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD, it has nonetheless evolved over the centuries, serving as a conduit for the Jewish soul, and as a salve in times of great misfortune, its development intimately linked to the troubled fate of the Jewish people since their exile from Palestine at the start ofn the Christian era. Over the past thirty years there has been an unprecedented surge in the music’s popularity throughout the world. The earliest evidence that Jewish instrumental groups existed in Central Europe dates from the fifteenth century. Thereafter, fleeing the Spanish Inquisition and persecution, Jewish communities gradually moved eastwards to Poland, Ukraine and Romania, and thence to the urban centres of the nineteenth century such as Constantinople, Odessa, Rivne, Kiev and Vilnius. The musicians, jesters and wedding entertainers of these communities were originally called leytsim and marshalik. The term ‘Klezmer’ – a contraction of the Hebrew words kely (instrument) and zemer (melody) – first denoted an instrument, then, from the eighteenth century, the instrumentalist. Only recently has it been applied to the music itself, as a result of the ‘Klezmer revival’ in America. ‘A marriage without klezmorim is worse than a funeral without tears.’ (Yiddish proverb)


“…extraordinary virtuosos who plays this music with passion and intensity…”

Claude Gingras - La Presse