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Exultant freedom

Giora Feidman plays music by Piazzolla and Ora Bat Chaim -
reviewed by DAVID WILKINS

'... consistently astonishing ...'

Feidman plays Piazzolla. © 2002 Warner Strategic Marketing

The Piazzolla industry (the bandoneon-bandwagon) rolls on. The November edition of Gramophone magazine reviews three new discs and, additionally, from Warner Classics comes this lovely collection of arrangements highlighting the exultant freedom of Giora Feidman's clarinet playing. For those of us who can't have enough of the stuff, the taste for this endlessly insinuating music must be hard-wired in the brain or exposable on our DNA barcode.

Warner Classics have already been exemplary champions of Piazzolla with their series of Nonesuch recordings from Gidon Kremer and friends -- culminating in the 'desert-island-worthy' Maria de Buenos Aires (on the Teldec label). This Feidman disc has been available in Germany for about a year. The critical and commercial sanity of the Germans has now encouraged Warner to release it internationally in consort with a disc of Klezmer and Jewish-mysticism inspired music from Feidman's adopted homeland of Israel.

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Copyright © 12 November 2003 David Wilkins, Eastbourne UK


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