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Daniel Galay - Klassical Klezmer / Gringas, Matson

Ron Matson, Piano; Michele Gingras, Clarinet
Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1240  
Composer:  Daniel Galay
Performer:  Ron J. MatsonMichèle GingrasRabbi Tom Heyn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



GALAY For Rivka. Farfel. Fading. For Pinya’s daughters. For what, gentlemen? For Deborah. A snack. For the emperor. The benevolent. Forever! Folded sleeves. Elegant Lords. Lateness. A crooked story. For Yentel. For bride and groom. Closed heads. For the audience 1 Michèle Gingras (cl); Ron Matson (pn); Rabbi Tom Heyn (ten) 1 MSR 1240 (41:24)


Daniel Galay’s creative impulse derives stimulation and replenishment from the culture of East European Read more Jewry—its folklore, literature, and music. He’s written several collections of klezmer with 18 pieces per book—the number 18 has special significance in Hebrew, as it’s equated with chai , “life.” Each book was inspired by a particular theme. In this first volume, far (“for”) ties the pieces together, as it’s either the first word or syllable of each title (in Yiddish). Besides writing for aesthetic or emotional satisfaction, Galay hopes to allow classically trained musicians entrée into a tradition that perpetuated itself largely through oral transmission and embellished its effectiveness through improvisation and idiomatic instrumental techniques. He’s obviously finely attuned to klezmer, writing easily and convincingly. The music is emotionally varied, authentically veering between joy and melancholy as portrayed in sincere and beautiful melodies. Although Michèle Gingras’s biography mentions her substantial klezmer experience, she doesn’t indulge in the pyrotechnics popularized by clarinetists like Giora Feldman and his peers, whose wailing, hyper intensity is so pungently expressive in this emotive music. Ron Matson’s a skillful accompanist with a light touch, and Rabbi Tom Heyn performs his part in Farn Oylem (“For the audience”) with just the right amount of long-suffering humor. This is a well-played, heart-felt homage to a perennially vital genre.


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Works on This Recording

1.
For Rivka by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Ron J. Matson (Piano), Michèle Gingras (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Farfel by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Fading by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
For Pinya’s daughters by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
For what, gentlemen? by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
For Deborah by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
For the emperor by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
For bride and groom by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Closed heads by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
For the audience by Daniel Galay
Performer:  Michèle Gingras (Clarinet), Ron J. Matson (Piano), Rabbi Tom Heyn (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 

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