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Various / Wild Sounds from Transylvania, Wallachia & Moldavia

Wild Sounds from Transylvania, Wallachia & Moldavia

Decades ago, the WDR recording team travelled around Romania so as to capture the country’s wide range of folk music in pristine form. Taraf de Haiduks, a gypsy orchestra who meantime enjoy worldwide fame, have been invited to Cologne several times over the past years. These recordings confirm that music is still an essential element in everyday life in Romania and that ancient melodies that have been handed down orally are still surviving in "newer" arrangements without losing any of their charm. The CD introduces excellent musicians who have been playing since their childhood and have attained a remarkable virtuosity. Solo and ensemble pieces serve to unveil the complex and rich musical culture of Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldavia: the inimitable sound of the gypsy orchestra, called Taraf, with its vertiginous dance rhythms and heart-rending ballads; the warm, yearning tone of the singing, the flute, the ocarina and the taragot, a saxophone-like instrument; a "daemonic" violinist; the unfamiliar sounds of the vioara cu goarna or violin with a horn, of a female alpenhorn ensemble, and of the cimpoi, the Romanian bagpipes. In their sheer enjoyment of music Taraf de Haidouks almost explode, as do the Fanfare Ciocarlia, a brass band who introduce themselves as follows: "We are one of the last gypsy orchestras of our kind in Romania with a rich repertoire and an old tradition, and, we are the fastest." Little wonder that some experts say "the best party music is to be found in Romania".

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