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Ellstein: Great Songs of the Yiddish Stage, Vol. 1 (Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)
Robert Abelson, Reuben Doctor, Abraham Ellstein
Ellstein: Great Songs of the Yiddish Stage, Vol. 1 (Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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The American Yiddish musical theater, a vibrant expression of the immigrant experience, became famous during its heyday in the 1920s?1940s. Combining the musical flavors of Viennese operetta, Tin Pan Alley, and eastern Eur...  more »

      
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The American Yiddish musical theater, a vibrant expression of the immigrant experience, became famous during its heyday in the 1920s?1940s. Combining the musical flavors of Viennese operetta, Tin Pan Alley, and eastern European nostalgia, these songs and duets are quintessential American popular music?with a Yiddish voice. Volume 1 spotlights the hit songs of Abe Ellstein, one of the genre?s premier songwriters. New, historically accurate orchestrations re-create the unforgettable glory days of Yiddish radio and film, the uproarious vaudeville houses, and the thrill of a night at the theater on old New York?s fabled "Second Avenue."
 

CD Reviews

A Great New Addition to the Milken Archive!
03/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is perfect for fans of Yiddish folk music and newcomers to the genre alike. It is a great introduction to some of the treasures of the Yiddish stage. Especially worth noting are the four tracks sung by Elizabeth Shammash, whose rich Mezzo-Soprano voice brings a great sensitivity and tone to her pieces."
Great collection, nice orchestrations
Coco Pazzo | Long Beach, CA | 01/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Great collection of yiddish musical theatre favorites. Unfortunately the singers were told to sing the songs in a supposedly "authentic" galician accent which in certain instances is completely incomprehensible to any yiddish speaker.The singers are quite good and the orchestrations are lush and well done."