Beyond the Pale (Brave Old World album)


Beyond the Pale is an album by the klezmer band Brave Old World, released in 1994.[2][3] The album title refers to the Pale of Settlement.[4]

Beyond the Pale
Studio album by
ProducerFrank Dostal
Brave Old World chronology
Klezmer Music
Beyond the Pale
Blood Oranges


The album was produced by Frank Dostal.[5] It contains original songs as well as interpretations of traditional Yiddish songs.[6] Founding member Joel Rubin departed the band prior to the recording sessions.[7] The opening and closing tracks, about the fall of the Berlin Wall, were written in 1990.[8][9]

"Rufn Di Kinder Aheym" ("Calling the Children Home") was inspired by the New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden.[10] A cimbalom was employed on "Yismekhu".[11] Leon Schwartz taught the band a few of Beyond the Pale's songs.[12]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [13]
MusicHound World: The Essential Album Guide     [5]

The Globe and Mail wrote that "the dance tunes are as irresistible as ever, but the underlying spirit is not chutzpah or even nostalgia so much as a deep sadness and urgent compassion."[14] The Washington Post concluded that "much of the recording might be described as a meditation on the art of playing klezmer music in the Berlin of the 1990s, and the mixed feelings such an experience would necessarily call up."[15]

AllMusic called the album "appropriately reflective klezmer from Germany, where even the high-spirited freylekhs have a somber edge and Kurt Bjorling's probing clarinet is part accusatory finger, part triumph of intellect and love over will."[13]

Track listingEdit

1."Berlin Overture" 
2."Brave Old Hora" 
4."Big Train" 
5."Waltz Roman À Clef" 
7."Oy, Di Dreydlekh" 
8."Di Sapozhkelekh" 
10."A Tish-Nign" 
11."Bobover Wedding March" 
12."Rufn Di Kinder Aheym" 
13."Doina Extravaganza" 
14."Berlin 1990" 


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  2. ^ Wood, Abigail (April 8, 2016). "And We're All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America". Routledge – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Ran, Amalia; Morad, Moshe (January 12, 2016). "Mazal Tov, Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas". BRILL – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Rogovoy, Seth (January 1, 2000). "The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, from the Old World to the Jazz Age to the Downtown Avant-garde". Algonquin Books – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b MusicHound World: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 2000. p. 113.
  6. ^ "American Klezmer: Its Roots and Offshoots". University of California Press. August 19, 2002 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Davidow, Ari (Fall 1995). "Klezmer! — Beyond the Pale by Brave Old World". Whole Earth Review (87): 92.
  8. ^ Dempsey, Dale (June 9, 1996). "KLEZMER MUSIC: JEWISH GENRE GIVEN REBIRTH IN GERMANY". Dayton Daily News. p. 1C.
  9. ^ Mills, Kathleen (July 5, 1996). "Brave Old World works to transform tradition". The Herald-Times.
  10. ^ Kreiswirth, Sandra (April 11, 1997). "A TOUCH OF KLEZ – An Eastern European tradition puts down strong roots in America". Daily Breeze. p. K22.
  11. ^ Baade, Christina L. (Summer 1998). "Jewzak and Heavy Shtetl: Constructing Ethnic Identity and Asserting Authenticity in the New-Klezmer Movement". Monatshefte. University of Wisconsin Press. 90 (2): 210.
  12. ^ World Music: Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific. Rough Guides Ltd. 1999. p. 590.
  13. ^ a b "Beyond the Pale - Brave Old World | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  14. ^ Bernstein, Tamara (22 July 1994). "RECORDINGS". The Globe and Mail. p. C1.
  15. ^ Page, Tim (9 June 1996). "Klezmer: Revival of the Traditionalists". The Washington Post. p. G1.