Romanian Fantasies

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.