Foto: Duo mit Eisenberg“The soft melody meanders through the entire church, all the way up to the organ gallery. Giora Feidman penetrates the space, not only in a literal sense, but in a musical sense, as well. Together with the organist, Matthias Eisenberg, he lifts the borders between music that was previously thought to be either serious or entertaining – and therefore nullified the dividing line between the audience and the musician. Over and over again he would call out “All together now!” and would encourage his audience to hum along with the melody or some of the key tones. Then he would entice the organist to ecstatic interpretations with the cunningness of a snake charmer ... one surprise followed another.”

This is how the critic of the “Sylter Spiegel” described his musical experience that has already fascinated concertgoers at many locations. Clarinet and organ, an unusual combination. Because isn’t a clarinet often smaller than a single organ pipe, hopelessly inferior in the volume of sound it can generate compared with the magnificent fullness of the “Queen of Instruments”?

The fact that these unlikely partners can harmonize so splendidly, that they can adapt their sound so sensitively to the other, that they very elegantly pass tones and sequences back and forth and that they accept these from the other and generate variations full of imagination, all of this demonstrates the mastery of the performers. Also the two performers could not be more dissimilar: 20 years age difference, one born a Jew in Argentina, the other born a Christian in Eastern Germany. But such marked differences become inconsequential between musicians as they join together to create a new whole, sometimes a tender pianissimo, and then suddenly a furious crescendo. Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Leonard Bernstein and Astor Piazolla were all performed in a manner that no one had ever heard before.

Two masters in perfect harmony

The organ virtuoso, Matthias Eisenberg, was born in Dresden, Germany, is a professor, musical director in a church and cantor, the recipient of numerous international awards and met the legendary Giora Feidman for the first time in the spring of 2000 in St. Severin Church in Keitum, Sylt. Since their first meeting, they have continued to give joint concerts several times every year. Each is a magician with his instrument in his own right and together they make magic of the most splendid type.

“He can play a song with a simply melody in such a way, that secret spaces result therein – whispered prayers.” (Die Zeit)