Bob Berkman | Klezmerola At the Yiddish Theatre,  Vol. 1

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Klezmerola At the Yiddish Theatre, Vol. 1

by Bob Berkman

Long-lost piano roll recordings of vibrant music from the Yiddish stage issued between 1915 and 1937, played with remarkable depth of emotion by America's premier concert "pianolist" -- a musician whose instrument is the player piano.
Genre: World: Klezmer
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1. Das Pintele Yid
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3:16 album only
2. Siese Kinder Yohren
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2:41 album only
3. Dus Shaifele
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3:45 album only
4. Ich Wil Sich Shpielen
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2:45 album only
5. In Hundret Johr a Rim
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6. David's Fidele (Das Krigele; Die Vier Ch'sidim; Shiker Lied)
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5:00 album only
7. A Yohr Noch Der Chassene
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3:08 album only
8. Ich Bin a Mamma
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4:19 album only
9. Mein Goldele
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3:49 album only
10. Sholem Beias
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3:21 album only
11. Dus Goldene Rendele
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2:24 album only
12. Sorg Nit Mama
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13. Shmendrik's Kalle
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Album Notes
If you've never heard a pianolist, you're in for a treat. A pianolist is a musician who can make you forget you're listening to a player piano, avoiding the mechanical pitfalls in piano roll music in favor of its communicative power. Pianolist Bob Berkman, internationally recognized for his work in this field, demonstrates conclusively here that he knows how to draw a remarkable range of color and emotion from a player piano. Like any musical artist, he communicates to his listeners by shaping phrases tastefully, placing accents aptly, and blending tone colors subtly. This is accomplished by the use of hand and foot controls present on most player pianos but rarely utilized. Here they are utilized with considerable expertise, resulting in renditions that amaze and delight. This CD expands the scope and depth of his initial release "Klezmerola," which found an immediate and enthusiastic audience among klezmer fans. Many of the Yiddish Theatre rolls heard here were rescued from a basement in Appleton, Wisconsin, all of them unheard for decades. This unusual and appealing repository of Jewish music in America, once overlooked and forgotten, has found its champion in Berkman, who tours with a century-old device that turns any piano into a player piano. His highly entertaining and informative live performances include visual images collected over decades of research, and from his own tenure as music director of America's last surviving piano roll factory.


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