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John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, January 2013

Judging from this excellent CD there is no doubt that his compositions for clarinet are melancholic, touching and intimate. The music is tonal, romantic, well-crafted and tuneful. There is also a tremendous zip to the dance rhythms especially in the opening piece, World Dance. The ear is treated to a varied and interesting flow of music.

The Impromptu is a miniature of real beauty…followed by a contemplative Nocturne…The final World Dance is an enjoyable, tuneful romp.

Farewell, Nathaniel ismy own personal favourite on the CD…the music is lyrical but it also has an underlying sadness. This is very touching with a haunting feeling of regret.

Poème is the composer’s first work for clarinet and piano. The style is gentle and impressionistic with an animated central section. This is another well written piece…

The clarinet and piano are joined by a string trio in the headily romantic Concertino. The three minute clarinet cadenza at the centre of the work is delivered brilliantly. Either side of the cadenza we are treated to an opening movement containing lyrical and dynamic sections and a driven, exciting finale that dances its way to a thrilling conclusion.

This disc is clear evidence that the art of writing good tunes is still alive and well. The performances are exemplary. This is a fine example of truly world class clarinet playing at its peak. Mr Fiterstein is very well supported by the composer at the piano. The string players match their colleagues in all respects and the Concertino is delivered with brio and conviction. Recording quality is clear, forward and detailed. A very fine disc indeed. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, August 2012

Fiterstein puts his multifaceted artistry to splendid use in this programme of music by Israeli-born composer Ronn Yedidia, also the recording’s articulate and expressive pianist. The repertory employs clarinet, piano and strings in invigorating and poignant conversations, many influenced by ethnic sources from Israel and elsewhere.

The disc’s opening selection, World Dance, is a whirlwind example of Yedidia’s ability to embrace many cultures and set them leaping. Two other pieces are scored for the same instruments.

The clarinet teams with piano and string trio in Concertino, a work of romantic and brooding persuasion. The strings take a break midway to let the clarinet set off on a moody cadenza, which Fiterstein plays to the dramatic hilt. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Tom Huizenga
National Public Radio, May 2012

Here’s a lighthearted album that meanders across various classical and world music genres. There’s a natural fluency to the way Israeli composer and pianist Ronn Yedidia writes for the terrific clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, whether Yedidia is borrowing from Arab, Spanish, klezmer or jazz idioms. The tune “World Dance” for clarinet and piano is jaunty and irresistible. The more straightforwardly classical “Concertino” for clarinet, piano and strings is more serious, with an extraordinary cadenza that shows Fiterstein at the top of his game. © 2012 Deceptive Cadence/National Public Radio

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2012

Born in Tel Aviv in 1960 and now working in the United States, Ronn Yedidia divides his career between a performing pianist, accordionist and composer. The present disc would show him working in a purely melodic mode with its roots firmly embedded in the music of the late 19th century. Opening with the World Dance, part of a commissioned fun piece to mark the birth of twins into a British family, the content speaks of Yedidia’s Jewish origins. We move from the vivacity of birth to the sadness of death in the short and sombre, Farewell, Nathaniel, written in 2007 in memory of his dear friend and piano student who was killed in a scuba diving accident. Poeme, from 1995, was Yedidia’s first piece for clarinet and piano, its gently lilting character coming from the era of early Rachmaninov. The fourth and sixth tracks complete the work that opens the disc, the lullaby Nocturne continuing in the mode where the Poeme left off, the Impromptu taking Chopin as its starting point. Thus far the music has been for clarinet and piano, to which Yedida adds a string trio for the Concertino composed in 2007. It is the disc’s most extensive score, and though in one movement it is divided into several parts. Employing a mix of Balkan and Jewish influences, it is more highly charged than the remainder of the disc, though it has a quiet central section. In sum, a disc of uncomplicated pleasures written in a readily acceptable mode. The much travelled clarinettist, Alexander Fiterstein, is the outstanding soloist, and with the composer at the piano these are benchmark performances. © David’s Review Corner

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, March 2012

The clarinet is…featured in most of these pieces, and performer Fiterstein is a consummate musician who frequently plays with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The opening World Dance reflects many of Yedidia’s varied ethnic influences: Jewish, Arabic, Spanish, Bavarian, Balkan, you name it. The combination of Jewish and Arabic music is especially interesting. He intends the piece to celebrate universal unity. Poéme was Yedidia’s first work for clarinet and piano, and it is romantic as well as impressionistic, with one theme reminding one of a Rachmaninoff piano concerto. The longest work on the disc is his Concertino of 2007, for clarinet, string trio and piano. In one continuous movement, it has an almost symphonic feeling. Influences of klezmer, gypsy music, Balkan’s dance music and European chanson are all heard in the work. These are all world premiere recordings. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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