Following their successful klezmerization of The Nutcracker Suite, the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra teamed up with renowned author/illustrator Maurice Sendak for Pincus and the Pig, a delightful klezmer recasting of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. As with Prokofiev's classic, each of the characters is identified with a specific instrument, and Sendak not only provides the story and illustrations, but is also the narrator. Sendak's story and delivery are both filled with humor and Yiddish flavor. Also included is a small illustrated booklet replete with Yiddish glossary and a sheet of stickers of the characters, presumably for the kids. The musical arrangements by Shirim are just as wonderful as Sendak's contribution. The Pincus and the Pig tale is followed by several tracks without Sendak: klezmerized versions of well-known pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov, Brahms, Mahler, and Satie that are just as great as their transformation of Peter and the Wolf. This is probably the first Tzadik release that seems targeted for kids, but this is a fun album for just about anyone, whether they're kids or Jewish or neither.
AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard
|Pincus and the Pig, a Klezmer Tale (after Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf)|
|Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35|
|Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90|
|Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor|