Sonata Arpeggione from Franz Schubert as interpreted from Feidman
is a smorgasbord to the ear. Together with the Gershwin Quartet the
work (in the arrangement for clarinet and strings) is a world premiere~unforgettable,
incomparable. Together they play Gershwin, scenes from Porgy and
Bess, then “Donna, Donna” being murmured under his breath,
and then on to the South American tango. Regardless of what Feidman
plays, an air of Klezmer swings along. The agitated tones, the held
tones~excitement and relaxation. They jazz until landing at pure
Klezmer. Feidman forms letters from the notes, words from the bars.
And so whole stories are told. Feidman, prophet of reconciliation
and understanding, delivers music which everyone can identify with.
His music becomes speech. And as in a good marriage, joy and lament,
side by side, Feidman and his clarinet laughing and crying together.
They are a pair, melted into another.”