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Composer: Krein, Alexander (1883-1951)

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Year of birth1883
Year of death1951
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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Jewish music and Yiddish poetry resurgence by Evgeny Kissen

Evgeny Kissin at Carnegie Hall © Steve J. Sherman
Russian piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissen taps his Yiddish roots for an engaging concert of solo piano works by lesser-known Jewish composers and a classic Yiddish poetry recital.
***11
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Excuses to dance: The Mikhailovsky Ballet's Laurencia at the Coliseum

Laurencia: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev  ©  Mikhailovsky Theatre
The story may be a bit thin but the quantity of its dancing makes up for it. Laurencia is a ballet little known in the west (though the Mikhailovsky Ballet brought it to London in 2010). Combining the jollities of Don Quixote with the revolutionary fervour found in Flames of Paris, Laurencia is really just an excuse to fill the stage with non-stop dancing.
****1
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