Harmonia “Romanian Ritual Dances” from Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds Records www.folksoundsrecords.com 2012) N —this is the Calusari tradition - one of those pagan fertility rites that persisted into the 20th century. The dances are VERY athletic...Buy it!
Harmonia “Seven Step Hora” from Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds Records www.folksoundsrecords.com 2012) N Buy it!
Florea Cioacă & orch. Gheorghe Zamfir “Brîul de la Ișalnița” from Rencontre avec la Roumani - Instruments Folkloriques (Electrecord) —This old LP was one of the first exported from Romania in the late 1960's and early 1970s and featured many traditional players brought into the studio and backed up by professional studio orchestras such as the one led by the panpipe player Gheorghe ZamfBuy it!
Taraful din Mavrodin “Pe Valea Teleormanului și Băluța” from Taraful din Mavrondin *Teleorman* (Electrecord (LP)) —Băluța is a circle dance of great vigor done in southern Romania and in the Vlach communities round Vidin across the Danube in Bulgaria. This is the town band of Mavrodin, a town in southern Romania known for nothing in particular, but that kept its tradiBuy it!
Ion Albesteanu “Cântec De Dragoste” from Ion Albesteanu (Electrecord) —the title means "love song" , but it is also the name of a genre of slow song for instrumentalistsBuy it!
Ion Albesteanu “Sârba De La Slobozia” from Ion Albesteanu (Electrecord) —the Sirba is a line dance in fast 6/8 (or fast 2/4 played in triplets). They are very popular in some areas to this day. The name means "Serbian Dance" because most of them have a 3-measure structure.Buy it!
Toni Iordache “Cântec De Dragoste” from Tresors Folkorique Roumains Vol 2 (Electrecord) —this slow piece (with fast accompaniment) from probably the greatest cimbalom player that ever livedBuy it!
Toni Iordache “Hora De La Bolintin” from Tresors Folkorique Roumains Vol 2 (Electrecord) —a simple dance tune given an elaborate treatmentBuy it!
Ilie Udilă “Cântec de dragoste din Teleorman” from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Ilie Udilă - vol. 1 (Electrecord)Buy it!
Ilie Udilă “Sârbă din Cărbunești” from Comori ale muzicii lautaresti - Ilie Udilă - vol. 1 (Electrecord)Buy it!
Gheorghe Zamfir “Hora Lăutărească” from Les Flûtes Roumaines (Arion)Buy it!
Gheorghe Zamfir “Hora Bucureștiului” from Les Flûtes Roumaines (Arion)Buy it!
Nicolae Pîrvu “Alunelul Așezat” from Tresors Folkorique Roumains - Nicolae Pîrvu (Electrecord (LP)) —another panpipe player with impeccable technique, known for his legato playingBuy it!
Nicolae Pîrvu “Sîrba Bistrițenilor” from Tresors Folkorique Roumains - Nicolae Pîrvu (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Vasile Pandelescu “Supărat am fost de mic” from Vasile Pandelescu (Electrecord (LP)) —another much-recorded accordion player; his son took up the cimbalom, thoughBuy it!
Vasile Pandelescu “Brîu de la Corbii Mari” from Vasile Pandelescu (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Ștefan Miriuță “Cîntec de dragoste” from Ștefan Miriuță (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Gică Cristea “Brîul de la Comarnic” from (45 rpm disc, EPC 10.416) (Electrecord)Buy it!
Ion Lăceanu “Cînd și-a pierdut Ciobanul Oile” from Ion Lăceanu (vol 1, 1973) (Electrecord (LP) 1973) —The title translates into "when the shepherd lost his sheep" - a "program piece". These are done by instrumentalists all over Romania, and always start with a lament for the lost sheep. Most, unlike this one, then go on to a dance tune to celebrate theBuy it!
Ion Lăceanu “Mîndrele” from Ion Lăceanu (vol 1, 1973) (Electrecord (LP) 1973) —after Marin Chisar, the best known wind player in South Romania, and the most recorded. All "mindrele" dances are in this rhythmBuy it!
Ion Lăceanu “Brîu pe Opt” from Ion Lăceanu (vol 1, 1973) (Electrecord (LP) 1973) —The instrument for all 3 tracks is the caval, a 5-holed fluteBuy it!
Dumitru Zamfira “Doină din Caval” from Dumitru Zamfira (Electrecord (LP))Buy it!
Dumitru Zamfira “După Bîtă” from Dumitru Zamfira (Electrecord (LP)) —the dance name is "on the stick"Buy it!
Marin Chisar “Doina de la Segarcea” from (7-inch 33rpm disc) (Electrecord) —This begins a set of 3 pieces by this, the greatest of the Romanian wind players. He reportedly knew over 1000 tunes, as well as folk tales, an other bits of folk lore about his region in southern Romania around the village of Goicea MareBuy it!
Marin Chisar “Cîntec” from (7-inch 33rpm disc) (Electrecord) —the name means "song" - here just an instrumentalBuy it!
Marin Chisar “jocul ''Trei Păzește''” from (7-inch 33rpm disc) (Electrecord) —a "trei pazeste" is a fast dance of some complexity found in many variants in southern Romania. Always done in lines,Buy it!
Harmonia “Forgive Me, Mother” from Hidden Legacy (Folk Sounds Records www.folksoundsrecords.com 2012) N —here sung by Beata Begeniova with her (now) husband accompanying her on the cimbalom. The song, like the singer, is Lemko/Carpatho-Rusin.Buy it!
Werchowyna “Czorni oczka” from składanka łemkowska (Konador) —the group's name means "mountain peak"Buy it!
Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja “Bude Jarmark” from Jeden Koncert ((self) 2002) —this ground-breaking group consists of both Polish and Lemko members, and have developed a modern and more "hybrid" sound to express what they consider the "transcarpathian" culture their music comes from. The verses here are in Lemko Ukrainian dialect;Buy it!
Werchowyna “Tomu kosa” from składanka łemkowska (Konador)Buy it!
Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja “Oj Moroz Moroz” from Lem-Agination (Open Sources 2008) —in pursuit of their desire to present "Carpathian" music, not "Polish" or "Ukrainian" music, this well-known is turned out in Tatra mountain style, Slovak, style, and Polish style.Buy it!
Werchowyna “Zoriuszka” from Pieśni Grzeszne (Konador 2005) —traditional Ukrainian part singingBuy it!
Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja “Ne Lubył Jem Tja” from Lem-Agination (Open Sources 2008) —in Oberek rhythmBuy it!
Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja “Ptasie Wesele” from Drugi Koncert ((self) 2010) —another Lemko tune, but done up in Hungarian, Tatra mountain and Polish style, all mixed up. Enjoy.Buy it!
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