Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik, 2012)

Bester Quartet

Jarosław Bester - bajan
Jarosław Tyrała - skrzypce
Oleg Dyyak - bajan, klarnet, duduk, instrumenty perkucyjne
Mikołaj Pospieszalski - kontrabas
special guest: Tomasz Ziętek - trąbka

Metamorphoses (Tzadik, 2012)

A mainstay of Radical Jewish Culture since ’97 and one of the most consistently rewarding groups out of the New Jewish Renaissance, Bester Quartet (formerly The Cracow Klezmer Band) has released no less that six CDs of brilliant New Jewish music on Tzadik. The group is made up of four instrumentalists, classically trained musicians and performs a vast stylistic range that borrows from classical, jazz and vanguard music, including contemporary chamber music where improvisation constitutes a foundation to build on some unique instrumental forms. Distinguished by a daring repertoire and a virtuosity that is always at the service of the music itself, they have performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Their newest CD Metamorphoses is one of their very best, original compositions that combine a dramatic sound, classical precision and the excitement of improvisation with the Jewish tradition.


Track listing:
1. Hope
2. The time of freedom
3. The magic casket
4. The life of a man - a tribute to Astor Piazzolla
5. Metamorphoses
6. The God - forsaken
7. The fantasia
8. Prologue
9. Solitude
10. The spectre

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