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Moldavia: Art of the Bratsch 2
Anatol Stefanet
Moldavia: Art of the Bratsch 2
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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All Artists: Anatol Stefanet
Title: Moldavia: Art of the Bratsch 2
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Buda Musique
Release Date: 8/4/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 3229269270826, 3700368407325, 723723349125, 3229269259623
 

CD Reviews

Gypsy Virtuosity Lives On
J.W. | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With Volume two of Anatol Stefanet's compendium of Moldavian gypsy dances, his virtuosity on the Bratsch (the gypsy viola) reaches earbending proportions, as the speed at which he plays makes most of the faster punk and hardcore bands seem slow by comparison, not to mention the incredible complexity of his compositions. Accompanying Anatol on this disc are equally astounding performances by a host of talented musicians on the flute, accordion,clarinet, contrabass, trumpet and, most notably, the cimbalom, a gypsy kin to the hammered dulcimer. Though the band can deliver frantic levels of speed in the fast dances, they also deliver slower, more mysterious pieces, some which even evoke moods of Ennio Morricone's lonely troubador film music, but with a more Eastern feel. An echoey whistler is even featured on one track and accompanied by the sounds of a bull whip's crack. This cd is the best example of the incredible complex polyphony and feeling that Eastern European gypsy music is known for and, next to Paul Stinga and Kalman Balogh's work, I know of no other comparison by which to measure its brilliance. People of all ages should be able to appreciate the timeless appeal of this cd, but how many have enough energy to actually try to dance to it? It makes no difference because no one should ever tire of repeated attentive listenings, as they are sure to hear new and unrealised notes and nuances in this recording every time."