The Klezmer pieces on this album were selected by Alexander Fiterstein and arranged for Clarinet and String Quartet by Lev Ljova. Fiterstein was introduced to these melodies by Walter Zev Feldman.
As a founder of The Zimro Project I find that the mission of the original Zimro Ensemble (1918-1921) to commission and perform music inspired by Jewish themes is well represented in this album. Original klezmer music was performed by klezmer bands for major Jewish life events and celebrations in Eastern Europe and New York City, and is now arranged for the concert stage where audiences can enjoy it in a new way.
– Alexander Fiterstein
Funding for this recording was made possible by generous gifts to Classics for Kids Foundation by Lee Freeman and Deon Hilger. Many thanks to them for their support for bringing the gift of music to at-risk kids all around America through CFKF’s matching grant program.