Rough Guide to the Music of Romanian Gypsy

Performers Various Artists

World Music Network | February 24, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Romania has produced some of the most eloquent and accomplished Romany artists ever to record, and many of them appear on this compilation. Whether it's the flying fiddles of Taraf de Ha‹douks, the breathtaking cimbalom playing of genius Toni Iordache, or the expectation-challenging electronica-meets-bear-baiting of Shukar Collective, there's a sense of freedom and of daring about it all. Fanfare Ciocarlia, Ion Petre Stoican, Dona Dumitru Siminica -- the list is seemingly endless, and all remarkably talented, providing track after track of wondrous music. If there's one criticism, it's that the second half of the disc appears to flag a little, but that's a fault of the programming rather than the quality of the music. By putting a number of virtuosic gems upfront, it creates expectations of more, so the stouter virtues of later artists don't glitter as much as they should, although they're desperately formidable (just listen to the Ion Miu cut). It's all excellent -- just a few things leap out more obviously than others. ~ Chris Nickson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: Gypsy

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: World Music Network

UPC: 605633121025

Found in: Gypsy

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Rough Guide to the Music of Romanian Gypsy

Performers Various Artists
Guest Artist(s) Dan Armeancia

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 24, 2009

Genre: Gypsy

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: World Music Network

UPC: 605633121025


Title Track Time
1.Parlapapup (Sa Va Spun De Un Bautor) - Taraf De Haidouks --
2.Alili - Fanfare Ciocarlia --
3.Cantec Si Breaza Ca La Fantanele - Toni Iordache --
4.Mite, Mite - Mielu Bibescu --
5.Hora De La Oltenita - Ion Petre Stoican --
6.Iest Sexy - Mahala Rai Banda/Shantel --
7.Taraf - Shukar Collective - (featuring Dan Armeancia) --
8.Kan Marau La - Fanfare Ciocarlia --
9.Spune, Maiculita Spune - Romica Puceanu --
10.Doamne Da-Mi Putere - Cornelia Catanga --
11.Pe Drumul De La Buzau - Gabi Lunca --
12.Mierlita Cind E Bolnava - Florea Cioaca --
13.Pe Ulita Armaneasca - Ionel Tudorache --
14.De Cind Te Cunosc Pe Tine - Nicolae Gusta --
15.Bate Vintul Frunzele - Fulgerica & The Mahala Gypsies --
16.La Salul Cel Negru - Dona Dimitru Siminica --
17.Hora Rudarenilor - Marcel Budala --
18.Cantaret De Mahala - Constantin Stanciu --
19.Mahala Si Tiganie - Andrei Mihalache --
20.Cu Damigeana - Ion Miu --

Editorial Notes

Romania has produced some of the most eloquent and accomplished Romany artists ever to record, and many of them appear on this compilation. Whether it's the flying fiddles of Taraf de Ha‹douks, the breathtaking cimbalom playing of genius Toni Iordache, or the expectation-challenging electronica-meets-bear-baiting of Shukar Collective, there's a sense of freedom and of daring about it all. Fanfare Ciocarlia, Ion Petre Stoican, Dona Dumitru Siminica -- the list is seemingly endless, and all remarkably talented, providing track after track of wondrous music. If there's one criticism, it's that the second half of the disc appears to flag a little, but that's a fault of the programming rather than the quality of the music. By putting a number of virtuosic gems upfront, it creates expectations of more, so the stouter virtues of later artists don't glitter as much as they should, although they're desperately formidable (just listen to the Ion Miu cut). It's all excellent -- just a few things leap out more obviously than others. ~ Chris Nickson
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