Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival




Alexander Krein (1883–1951) was a member of a dynasty of Jewish musicians active in both Imperial and Soviet Russia. His compositions reveal the confluence of several strands of musical history: his Russian background, the transition from late Romanticism to early modernism – where the influence of Skryabin is readily audible – and, particularly in the works on this album, the Jewish folk-heritage, with its emotionally powerful blend of high spirits and melancholy.


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David Krakauer, clarinet

Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Aron Zelkowicz, cello

Rodrigo Ojeda, piano

Musicians of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival

Jennifer Orchard, violin

Dennis O'Boyle, violin

Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola

David Premo, cello

Mikhail Istomin, cello

Michael Lipman, cello



"...arranged by the intrepid Noah Bendix-Balgley, who plays them all with the flair expected of someone who plays in a klezmer band...
This is clearly a dedicated project with a number of the excellent performers drawn from the ranks of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra."

- Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb International