Episode #2418

Romanian Fantasies

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Tabla master Zakir Hussain has proclaimed that "without Romanies the musical history of our planet would be completely different." He compares Romanies to bees who fly all over the planet and then mix together the "pollen" they have gathered from its musical "flowers", regardless of anything besides musical perfection. On this edition of New Sounds, hear some of this musical pollination. The Balanescu Quartet plays music inspired by Romanian singer Maria Tanase, sometimes called "Romania’s Edith Piaf." Also, the Kronos Quartet plays with the Romanian gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks and the Klezmatics play “Romanian Fantasy.” Plus, hear works by Ansamblul Hyperion as well as Marius Mihalache, on the traditional Balkan instrument known as cembalo.

PROGRAM #2418, New Music from Romania (First aired 5/25/05)

Balanescu Quartet Maria T. Spotdance [11:00] Mute #9286** *
Kronos Quartet Kronos Caravan Turceasca [7:30] Nonesuch #79490***
Alicia Svigala Fidl Romanian Fantasy #3 [2:30] Traditional Crossroads #4286 www.traditional
Marius Mihalache Eclipse Barbu, Lautarul [6:00] Zone Records #9811121 No further info (1998 relesase in Romania)
Balanescu Quartet Maria T. Life And Death [9:00] See above.
Ansamblul Hyperion Dumitrscu/ Nemescu/ Niculescun Sincronie [9:00] Electrecord #01754 1980 LP, from Romania. Long out of print.

Comments [7]

hamid from tehran-iran



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May. 21 2007 01:36 PM
hamid from tehran-iran

Thanks John for the clue on BalkanBeatBox.

I must listen from the very first episodes of NEW SOUNDS while also listening to the current episodes to be fully updated.


PS: I bought both BalkanBeatBox.

May. 21 2007 01:31 PM
Kelley from New York

Hamid! You rock! I love Balkan Beat Box!

May. 21 2007 12:24 PM
John Schaefer from NY NY

Hamid, you might try the March 30 program (#2659 in our online archives), which has something from the latest album by Balkan Beat Box.

May. 21 2007 12:13 PM
Kelley from New York

Really, you are among the main reasons I have subscribed again and again to WNYC. I have been able to explore so much more music with your programs, events and discissions. Thanks John!

May. 21 2007 11:41 AM
hamid from tehran-iran

There is a modern Gypsy band which worth mentioning in a dedicated program.

May. 20 2007 08:03 PM
hamid from Tehran

Hi John!
I am addicted to SOUNDCHECK & NEWSOUNDS!
Thank you for your wonderful programs.I learn a lot from your programs.
You're the B.E.S.T!
Keep UP the excellent work &
...full steam ahead...

May. 19 2007 01:51 PM

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