Steve Futterman
April 11, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King of the Klezmer Clarinet

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Naftule Brandwein
Producers
Rounder
genre
Instrumental

We gave it an A

The late Brandwein could practically make his clarinet speak. These performances — mostly from the early 1920s — capture the influential virtuoso at an early peak, coaxing out twisting phrases draped in a yearning tone that imbues his instrumental wizardry with a profoundly emotional tinge. The superior remastering is also worthy of its subject. A

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