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World Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Romania Original recording remastered

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Unlike most of the CDs in the World Library of Folk and Primitive Music series, which were recorded in the field by Alan Lomax or his associates, the tracks on Romania were taken from the collection in the archive of the Folklore Institute in Bucharest. Consequently, the selections range over a much wider time span than other volumes in the series, which tend to focus on the varieties of music found at a specific time and place. The earliest recording here dates back to 1934 and features a medley of dance tunes played on fiddle. The latest is a long ballad recorded in 1958. The years in between include recordings of ritual hunting songs from Transylvania, a song to end a drought sung by a group of Gypsy children in Wallachia, and a fanfare played on an alpenhorn by a 19-year-old musician from the Carpathian Mountains. Even though the recordings were made over a long period of time and with equipment of varying degrees of sophistication, the sound quality is uniformly fine. As with the other CDs in the series, each of the tracks is well annotated in the accompanying booklet. --Michael Simmons
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • ASIN: B0000584V2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on April 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was *not* disappointed. I can listen to this CD for hours: raw instruments and natural voices playing unfamiliar rhythms and tunes with "other worldy" sounds: evocative of a more natural life! It contains a vast expanse of village music, from throughout different regions of Romania. The music is "authentic" in that it is "folk music": i.e., songs & instruments played by villagers & sung by villagers... Nothing against learning via lessons --- however, let's face it: when you sing and play from the heart, it is quite different than reading notes in a book and repeating patterns ... This is a collector's item!!! I was enormously *pleased* it was reissued for our listening pleasure. (BTW, if you want to play along with clarinet or sax - go listen to Greek music. Lots of room for improvsiation there ...) Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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Don't let the word "Primitive" fool you....the instruments may be "primitive", but the performances are most certainly not.
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By A Customer on May 1, 2004
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Clearly has great historic value, good quality recording!
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