In the hour long program, Flaxman presents compositions by Canadian composers -- the Suite for Klezmer Band and Orchestra by Sid Robinovitch and The Old Toronto Klezmer Suite by Srul Irving Glick -- and "Klezmers" from the Vaudeville suite by the American composer Paul Schoenfield. You can read a transcript of his show on the Compact Discoveries website and listen to the full show on the PRX.org website. Sadly, while the show is free it requires you to create a PRX account and can only be listened online. No podcast / download. Sorry, PRX. No biscuit for you.
In addition to the pieces presented by Flaxman, here are a few more pieces discussed on Klezmershack.
- I, of course, mentioned the upcoming world premier of Wlad Marhulets "Clarinet Klezmer Concerto" which will be presented by David Krakauer and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in December. (You're coming...right?)
- Henri Oppenheim's arrangements of Dem Rebin's Nigun, Oy Tate / Ma Yofus-Odessa Bulgar / Zol Zayn Gelebt for klezmer band and string orchestra.
- Swiss klezmer band Kol Simcha's 1996 recording "Symphonic Klezmer"
- Ofer Ben-Amots lovely Klezmer Concerto, which also involved David Krakauer and premiered in Portland Oregon in 2007. Here is a video of the first of it's three movements, performed by The Herzilya Chamber Orchestra in Herzilya Israel last month (October 2009). Movements 2 and 3 are also available.
- The Milken Archive has a wonderful disc titled "Klezmer Concerto's and Encore's" which features, of course, David Krakuer. The disc includes Robert Starer's "K'li Zemer", Paul Schoenfield's "Klezmer Rondos", Jacob Weinberg's "The Maypole" and "Canzonetta", Abraham Ellstein's "Hassidic Dance", and Osvaldo Golijov's "Rocketekya".
- Osvaldo Golijov has also composed "The Dreams and Prayers of Issac the Blind", a piece for klezmer clarinet and string quartet. Here is a section of it performed by members of Brooklyn Rider, with Max Treitler and Keith Lipson.
This is only a start. There's a lot more out there and I'll present more soon.
Hat tip to YouTube user's johnnyg2703 for posting the Osvaldo Golijov video and to the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra for posting the Ofer Ben-Amots video.