Poland, 2020, Ashkenazi music / chamber music


Only three instruments here: clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and cello. Creating such rich, beautiful music that is for the most part soothing as it dances slowly along, but then come the moments of frightening harshness, when the cello sounds like it’s going to break under the strain. Are those slight vocal moments the exhalations of the performers as they throw all that they are into their performance? Actually, I think it’s people in the audience sneezing or coughing. Nice. Eventually the actual non-lyric vocals break in with beautiful all-male choral singing. Anyway, this is all very Jewish.

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