Harmonia

July 15, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Release Date: July 15, 2005
  • Label: Traditional Crossroads
  • Copyright: 2005 Traditional Crossroads
  • Total Length: 55:10
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  • ASIN: B000QQRLAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,670 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By slovakgirl5 on May 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are drawn to the indigenous music of the European Slavic countries, be sure and purchase this CD by Cleveland-based Harmonia. Founded in 1992 by accordionist/bandleader Walt Mahlovich, the album is a pastiche of varied instruments, harmonies and dances. Songs and dances from nearly all of the Slavic countries populate this CD(including that of the Romany/Gypsy)to produce innovative and fiery melodies. These folk tunes, which range from swirling circle dances to soft, minor-key ballads, are played on a variety of traditional instruments ranging from the tamburica to the duodencivka. The CD begins with a sarda (a Romanian circle dance) in 6/8 time. The cimbalon here provides a hypnotic beat, enabling the "dor" theme of nostalgia to emerge. The second selection is a plaintive travnica, sung in the "open throat" tradition by the very talented chanteuse, Beata Beginovia, a native of Slovakia. The Bukovina region makes the next appearance and musician Andrei Pidkivka exhibits his virtuosity on the sopilka (wooden flute). The 4th selection on the CD, a gypsy wedding dance, is unfortunately, the only Walt Mahlovich solo! Next, Marko Dreher excells in "Hutsul Fantasy," with his violin solo for the shepherd's dance. Beata's singing graces a couple more of the numbers--"Bodaj" showcases her lower vocal range; then she sings a rapid whirling Slovak folk tune that she heard first from an admired established Slovak singer, Maria Macoskova. We learn of this detail in the extensive liner notes that come with the CD. You will get to read about Harmonia's history, member bio's as well as explanations of the instruments used and about the types of dances played.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flamingo on October 15, 2009
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This is a great sampling of Eastern European traditional folk music. The collection is diverse and the musicians are fantastic. I hope this group gets together for more music. This is the only one I could find with them so far. However, the cimbalom player, Alexander Fedoriouk, does have his own CD called Art of the Cimbalom, which I also highly recommend.
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