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Jewish Wedding Orchestra Dance in a Circle
03 :24
02
Titunshnayder Spring (Bulgarian Dance)
03 :02
03
Giter's Kharkov Orchestra Bolgareska Romanian Fantasy
03 :07
04
Czernowitzer Civilkapelle Masel Tow der Schwieger
02 :26
05
Jewish Wedding Orchestra Sher
03 :15
06
Titunshnayder Ukrainian Fantasy
03 :33
07 02 :10
08
Jewish Wedding Orchestra The "606" Dance
03 :10
09
A.S. Olevsky's Orchestra Merry Nights
02 :34
10
J. Gegner - Choz Jewish Melody
03 :21
11
Titunshnayder Remembrance of Zion
03 :17
12
Jewish Wedding Orchestra The Talner Rebbe
03 :15
13
Giter's Kharkov Orchestra Romanian Fantasy
03 :05
14
Veinbren's Orchestra The Rebbe's Melody
03 :05
15
Titunshnayder Flora, Romanian Zhok
03 :14
16
A.S. Olevsky's Orchestra Jewish Round Dance
06 :03
17
Stupel's Vilna Orchestra Good Day
03 :23
18
Oscar Zehngut Oriental Themes
05 :58
19 03 :04
20
Jewish Wedding Orchestra Yiddle with His Fiddle
03 :33
21
Titunshnayder Bolgarskoe Popurri
03 :10
22
Czernowitzer Civilkapelle Kopaczincaer Chusid
02 :29
23
Titunshnayder Pidutser's Nign
02 :56
24
Stupel's Vilna Orchestra Karaite Medley
02 :44
ARTIST
TITLE
Chekhov's Band - Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives 1908-1913
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
REN 129CD REN 129CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/30/2015

In Anton Chekhov's last play, "The Cherry Orchard," which Chekhov finished in 1903, just a few years before the Gramophone Company made these recordings in Odessa, Ukraine (mostly), the character Leonid Andreyevich Gayev hears off-stage "our famous Jewish orchestra. You remember, four violins, a flute and a double bass." In this period, klezmer music was venturing beyond its original role as Jewish wedding and celebratory music. It was proliferating in secular settings, sometimes disreputable, even underground. In The Odessa Tales (1923-'24), Isaac Babel mentions a bar with a house band of "old Jews with dirty beards playing Romanian and Jewish tunes"; and klezmer would have been the soundtrack of the local brothels, pretty much all Jewish-owned. (One track here celebrates a new treatment for syphilis, Preparation 606... even lavishing a trumpet on proceedings.) Tangy, precious, exuberant, life-affirming music, high and low, mostly for dancing, featuring virtuosi like violinist Jascha Gegner and clarinetist Titunshnayder, presented with excellent notes. Also includes performances by Jewish Wedding Orchestra, Giter's Kharkov Orchestra, Czernowitzer Civilkapelle, A.S. Olevsky's Orchestra, Veinbren's Orchestra, Stupel's Vilna Orchestra, and Oscar Zehngut.