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Archive: Yiddish Rhapsody

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal


  • Sirba Octet, ensemble
  • Isabelle Georges, voice
  • Yutaka Sado, conductor


«Kolomishka / Zing Bruder Zing» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Dorothy Collins
«Mayn liebe Tochter» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Jacob Jacobs
«Yingele nit veyn» (in collaboration with Abraham Ellstein) (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«Yiddish Charleston» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Leibu Levin
«Lay dayn Kop» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Emile Stern
«Tire l'aiguille ma fille» (in collaboration with Eddie Barclay) (Arr.: Yann Ollivo)
«Doina ca la Breaza» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«Oy, vyoch tyoch tyoch» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«Misirlou» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Efim Chorny
«Ven den Regn» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«Belz» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Alexander Alstone
«Momele» (in collaboration with Al Goodhart) (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«A Keshenever» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
«L'Chaim» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)
Sholom Secunda
«Bay mir bistu sheyn» (Arr.: Cyrille Lehn)

«Bei mir bistu shein» («To me you’re beautiful»): one of the most charming declarations of love in musical history is at the same time a homage to Klezmer, the Yiddish folk music tradition. In the world of Klezmer, laughter and tears, farewell and tenderness, love and pain are so close together that «Yiddish Rhapsody» is sure to be a concert of big emotions. The Sirba Octet brings together eight musicians whose day job is playing in classical ensembles and orchestras, most in the Orchestre de Paris. Established with the intention of reinterpreting Jewish music, the ensemble brings an alluring mixture of Klezmer and Gypsy Jazz to the stage. Together with the jazz singer Isabelle Georges and the Tonkunstler, the evening will feature refined, striking arrangements that chart a course from traditional Jewish folk songs and dances from various European countries via the Charleston and Broadway hits to Hollywood film music. A hymn to life!

Yutaka Sado


Born in Kyoto, Yutaka Sado is considered among the most eminent Japanese conductors of our time. With the start of the 15-16 season, he assumes the position of Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich. Frequent collaborations with world-renowned orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Bavarian, North German, South-West German and West German Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Dresden and Hamburg Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Roma, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

A long-time assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, he has won some of the most distinguished conducting awards worldwide, including the Premier Grand Prix of the 39th International Conducting Competition in Besançon and the Grand Prix of the first Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Conducting Competition. His close ties with his mentor led to his appointment as «conductor in residence» at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, which was founded by Bernstein. Sado also had the privilege of taking part in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. Yutaka Sado has been Artistic Director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Principal Conductor of the PAC Orchestra since 2005. The PAC’s three concert halls now attract over 70.000 visitors a year, making it one of the most notable concert venues in Japan. Sado is very well known in Japan, not least due to his weekly TV show in which the conductor takes on the role of presenter to give Japanese lovers of music an understanding of the world of classical music. Yutaka Sado’s career outside of Japan started in France, where he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux in Paris in 1993. The charismatic orchestra director has also been among the most popular guest conductors with the Orchestre de Paris for many years, and he is probably the only conductor ever to conduct all four of the major Parisian orchestras in one season.  He gave his Italian opera debut in Turin with «Peter Grimes» by Britten in a production by Willy Decker in 2010. Since then, he has been working for the Teatro Regio on a regular basis.  CD productions by Yutaka Sado and the DSO Berlin include recordings for AVEX (Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto featuring Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji). He has recorded works by Ibert (Naxos), Ravel, Chabrier (Erato/Warner) and Satie (Erato) with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux. With the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France he has recorded three CDs featuring French repertoire (Dukas, Bizet, Offenbach), works by Leonard Bernstein (Chichester Psalms and Symphony No. 3 «Kaddish» with Karita Mattila and Yehudi Menuhin as narrator) and works by Berlioz, Wagner and Liszt respectively. Moreover, he recorded a CD of opera arias (Erato/Warner) with Karita Mattila and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Chopin & Sibelius

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Chopin & Sibelius

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Chopin & Sibelius

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal