"Now, at last, the wonderful musicologists of Shirim have reconstructed the original klezmer nutcracker, restoring our national honor, while also deconstructing some of my other favorite composers (Brahms, certainly deserves deconstruction; Satie is only improved therein. And even an excerpt restoring Mahler's klezmer roots comes across splendidly."
-Ari Davidow, klezmershack.com
Shirim plays the long lost klezmer music of Tchaikovsy, Brahms, Rimsky-Korskov and others!!!!
After years of relentless scholarly research, forensic analysis and naïve misreading of the facts, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra has discovered a slew of previously lost klezmer compositions by some of the greatest composers that ever lived! It’s true: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Brahms, Mahler, even Satie, wrote fantastic klezmer music. Prokofiev wrote under pen names, Brahms actually led a bar mitzvah band on the side (did you ever try and make a living as a composer?), and Tchaikovsky went through a heartbreaking moment when his publisher rejected his Hanukah ballet as “too Jewish” and he had to re-write it! These are the fascinating stories of this long-lost music that were just waiting to be discovered!
"In the hads of these talented musicians, no song is safe, but all's well that ends...well?"
-Matthew Robinson, All Music Guide