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Dov Seltzer



The Yiddish folk songs of Eastern Europe are one of the most important Jewish musical traditions.
Among the most important Jewish musical traditions we can find the folk songs of the eastern Jewry, in Yiddish. Singers and players brought these songs to towns and villages where Jews resided, to weddings, celebrations and days of sadness.
In the tradition of eastern Jews, the players, the Klezmers held an important role, primarily the violinist and clarinetist. These instruments best expressed the entire gamut of feelings: joy and sorrow.
Dov Seltzer arranged some of these Yiddish folk songs for violin and orchestra and dedicated them to violinist Yitzhak Perlman.
These unique arrangements turned these song melodies into small pieces for virtuoso violinist and symphony orchestra, worthy of performance in concert halls.
The work was premiered on the 31st of December 1986, with Perlman and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
The pieces, performed by Yitzhak Perlman and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Dov Seltzer, were recorded for EMI Angel on a CD entitled Tradition, which became bestseller in the field of light-classic music.

Publisher – IMI (Israel Music Institute)

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Israel Zohar, clarinet
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Dov Seltzer, conductor
1. A Yiddishe Mamme
2. As der Rebbe Elimelech is gevoyrn asoi freylach
3. Reyzele
4. Oif’n Pripetchik brennt a feier’l
5. Doyna
6. Rozhinkes mit Mandelen
7. Oif’n Weyg steyt a Boim
8. A dudele
9. Viahin sol lich geyn?