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They play with feeling and grace...
author: The Jewish Week - George Robinson
****1/2 Readers of a certain age may recognize the title of this spirited duet recording as a Yiddishized pronunciation of Castle Garden, located on the
southern tip of Manhattan, where immigrants were processed upon their arrival in the Goldene Medina. Andres, who plays accordion, and Shutoff, a clarinetist,
evoke the turn-of-the-century period with a deftly played album of well-chosen tunes from the period. They draw heavily on “International Hebrew Wedding
Music,” a 1916 portfolio of tunes, and as a result have found some delightfully unfamiliar material. More important, they play with feeling and grace.
This is a landmark Klezmer CD!
***** This is the very best Klezmer music that I have come across in many years! Kesselgarden is a landmark CD, performed by two superb musicians. A
brilliant variety of musical selections are artistically and heartfully interpreted for clarinet and accordian. Kesselgarden deserves to be listened to over and
Breathtakingly performed music of joy and sadness
author: J. Undank
***** This is Klezmer music played with superb craftsmanship and feeling. The arrangements for clarinet and accordion are magnificent, lively and
overwhelmingly original. Dances, Shers, Khosidls, Kolomeykes, Horas, Bulgars, and--hold your breath--astonishingly lovely waltzes come in for breathtaking
interpretations, lovingly performed. One doesn't have to be a musician to appreciate the beauty and nuances of the music--clearly born of happy and sad
moments in Europe and the United States in the early century. What a pleasure to listen to! Bravo to Carl Shutoff and Laurie Andres, who bring all this
triumphantly to us!