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The sweeping and melodic arrangement of “Yankele” here is adapted from the version by Soviet Yiddish singer and theater star Anna Guzik (who recorded it as Kolybelnaia during Khrushchev’s cultural thaw), based in turn on the original Yankele by Mordechai Gebirtig, the Polish Yiddish carpenter and master songsmith.
The lullaby, the story of a mother dreaming of her little boy growing into adulthood, has a particular poignancy given that Gebirtig was killed in his native Krakow during the Holocaust. The track is given an added resonance considering this live recording came two days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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from Mazel Means Good Luck, released November 25, 2014
Adapted by Anna Guzik: Kolybelnaia (Lullaby), based on Yankele by Mordechai Gebirtig

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Metropolitan Klezmer New York, New York

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER, established in 1994, brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of lesser-known gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, they re-invent tradition with both irreverence and respect… an exhilarating journey! ... more

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