Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Mickey Katz - Fiddler On The Roof

Not the usual Mickey Katz humour here but instrumental music from the hit Broadway show on the Ember label from 1967.

The sleeve notes say -

"There are many things in Jewish tradition so undeniably warm and appealing that they are sought out and embraced by all people. Broadway's "Fiddler On The Roof" is the very essence of these traditions, and the public has responded with it's acclaim for this masterpiece of musical theatre, its composer and author Jerry Brock and Sheldon Harnick, and it's star Zero Mostel.

It is in keeping with this spirit that another Yiddish favourite , Mickey Katz, takes the honours here with this captivating instrumental portrayal of "Fiddlers" wonderful score. In this music that depicts the life of a small Jewish community in Czarist Russia, you will experience the depth of a proud father's melancholy wonder upon realising that somewhere between "Sunrise and Sunset" his children have grown to adulthood; the playful philosophy of "If I Were A Rich Man" and the zesty lachiam"Toast To Life; the soulful beauty of a "Sabbath Prayer"; and the nostalgic reminiscence of people about to leave their modest town "Anantevka".

Tracks are -

1. Fiddler On The Roof
2. Sabbath Prayer
3. If I Were A Rich Man
4. Now I Have Everything
5. Medley: Far From The Home I Love/ Anakevka

Mickey Katz - Fiddler On The Roof Side One

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