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Ensemble Klesmer Wien celebrates 25 years

For 25 years, the members of the Ensemble Klesmer Wien have been together to continue to keep alive the traditional wedding and festival music of the Yiddish speaking Jews of the East European Shtetls.

Alongside these instrumental works, the Ensemble Klesmer Wien performs in its concerts Yiddish folksongs, songs of the Chassidim as well as Theater music, and their concerts are rounded off with Chassidic tales and Jewish humor.

The musicians nurture East European folk music in the best manner.

"...un die Musik klingt asoi schejn" (Szatmarer Rebbe)

Ensemble Klesmer Wien

Whether exhilarating, delicate or melancholy – Klezmer music and Yiddish song is an indelible image of the life of the traditional Jewish Shtetl. For every occasion in life there is a suitable melody: from birth to marriage all the way to death.

"...Jewish folk music is so multi-faceted. It can seem happy and in truth be deeply tragic. Almost always is it laughter through tears." (Dimitri Schostakowitsch)

The musicians:

  • Leon Pollak: violin, vocals and narration
  • Alexander Shevchenko: accordion and vocals
  • Maciek Golebiowski: clarinet and vocals
  • Michael Gmasz: viola and vocals
  • Michael Preuschl: bass and vocals
  • Peter Rosmanith: percussion

Live in Prag

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Included in the package: the CD “Ensemble Klesmer – Live in Prag”, which came out in 1997.