Monday, April 25, 2011

Noluen Le Buhé, Annie Ebrel, Marthe Vassallo, Andre Markowicz "Gwerziou" 2009 @ 320 KBPS

Recorded in Theatre de Cornouaille in October, 2008, Breton classical gwerziou are performed by finest voices of Brittany. I would omit French translation in-between, though.

1. Ar prins yeuvank (Noluen Le Buhé) 10'23
2. Ar sorserez (Annie Ebrel) 8'31
3. An aotrou Liskildri et Fantik Pikard (Marthe Vassallo) 6'13
4. Ar Breur hag ar c'hoar (Marthe Vassallo) 11'13
5. Ar Jaouis (Noluen Le Buhé) 8'53
6. Renean ar Glas (Annie Ebrel) 14'33

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rosenbergs Sjua - R7 (Sweden 1999) @192

The music of R7 is mainly based on the original arrangements of Susanne, Sven Ahlbäck and later also Eva Åström Rune. The style of arranging for vocals in this way was then never tried in Swedish tradition and is more related to the bulgaric voice settings but also to old vocal singingstyle and the polyphony of old choral singing and some arcaic old scandinavian style. Strong, stylish, powerful and modal at the same time. The stringtrio in R7 are riff based, rythmical and modal and together with the voices creates the special sound of R7 success.

01 - Leja tjänstepiga
02 - Min bröllopsdag
03 - Jag haver ingen kärare
04 - Artos julpolska
05 - Silibrand
06 - Pris vare Gud
07 - Jorid - Lockrop
08 - Tre slängpolskor
09 - Mellanspel
10 - Balladen om liten Karin
11 - Lillgubben
12 - Geten
13 - Nattöga
14 - Nu vilar hela jorden

Susanne Rosenberg: Vocals
Sven Ahlbäck: Fiddle
Eva Åström-Rune: Vocals
Ulrika Bodén: Vocals
Sofia Sandén: Vocals
Annika Wijnbladh: Cello
Ellika Frisell: Viola
Hady Prett: Viola


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Flukt - Drufiacc (Norway 2004) @320

On the second CD by this wonderful Norwegian group traditional Nordic music meets classical and blues, driven by a trio of fiddle, accordion and percussion to produce a compelling and driving sound. The purest of tunes and the simplest of moods exemplifies the mastery of Sturla Eide (fiddle, hardangerfiddle), Øivind Farmen (accordion) and Håvard Sterten (percussion) as the bend the borders and break some rules on their way to discoivering new turf for Norwegian folk music.

01 - Felespinn, Sturla Eide
02 - Hodalsbrura, e Jo Gjermunds
03 - Bryllupsgården, trad
04 - Dimisjonspols, Sturla Eide
05 - Oksens dans, Oyvind Farmen
06 - Bayer og bananer, Ronny Kjøsen
07 - Vegards vuggevise, Øivind Farmen
08 - Flaten II, trad
09 - Sjåttis, trad
10 - Hallvals, trad
11 - Førdenatt, Eide-Nyhus-trad

Sturla Eide: fiddle, hardangerfiddle
Øivind Farmen: accordion
Håvard Sterten: percussion


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Agnes Buen Garnas - Draumkvedet (1984 Norway) @320

Requested by our friend & contributor Wally

This is a single 42-minute work, performed as a single piece. The sound is all minor-key and very strong and mournful. The piece flows in a natural way, despite its length. The instrumentation, organ, fiddle, saxophone and all feel quite sad and dark, and the touches of harp are the one piece of brightness in the music, and make welcome touches. Not music to listen to on a dark dark in winter unless you're in the mood to wallow in it, but it has its own power and beauty.

01 - Draumkvedet

Agnes Buen Garnås: vocals
Harald Gundhus: flute, tenor saxophone
Knut Buen: Hardanger fiddle
Warren Carlstrøm Kåre: Nordstoga


Monday, April 11, 2011

Agnes Buen Garnas - Tusseliten Og Trippeliten (1996 Norway) @192

Requested by our friend & contributor Wally

Agnes Buen Garnås (born 23 November 1946) is a Norwegian folk singer from the county of Telemark. She comes from a famous musical
family from the town of Jondalen, and is known particularly for her singing of ancient unaccompanied Norwegian ballads, as well as her updated arrangements of these songs in collaboration with the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek on the ECM album Rosensfole.
From 1975 to 1977, she studied at the Telemark University College.
Other family members who are well-known as traditional musicians include her brothers, Hauk Buen and Knut Buen, and her son Per Anders Buen Garnås.

01 - Kom Heim Halvor Skamson
02 - Upp I Li
03 - Rukan Krugan
04 - Tusseliten Og Tusseladden
05 - Gutten Og Mann
06 - Kjëringa Med Staven
07 - Talregle Etter Tora Buen (Herming Etter Gulspurven)
08 - Gutter Og Jenter (Herming Etter Låvesvala)
09 - Da Fuglene Lërte Å Synge. Frå Små Sagn Om Store Ting, Av Dan Lindholm
10 - Vipa Sitter På Gjerdet
11 - Høna Og Hunden. Frå Rikard Berge, Norske Folkeeventyr.
12 - Me Rodde Frå Moen Til Munkøya
13 - Vesle-John (Vesle-Margit)
14 - Katten Og Musi Frå Rikard Berge, Norske Folkeeventyr.
15 - Lova, Lova Line
16 - Lars Langelår. Frå Tussar Og Trolldom Av Tov Flatin.
17 - Det Va' To Trollegutar
18 - Nordavinden, Vestatrolle'
19 - Nord Og Sud-Gauk. Gamalt Trad. Ordatak.
20 - Kvi Ror Du So Fort
21 - Bånsull Frå Hol
22 - Osten
23 - Jeg Er En Liten Undulat
24 - Tvinne, Tvinne Snëllegån
25 - Epler Og Përer
26 - È Mine Visur Dei Ë So Mange
27 - Vent Der Ë I Viningskyrkjun
28 - Lill, Lill Lye. Frå Rikard Berge, Norske Folkeeventyr.
29 - Kva Heiter De Jente I Saueflokken
30 - Vil Du Vite Hvordan Bonden
31 - Båntullen Til Gommo Buen
32 - Ro, Ro Til Fiskeskjër
33 - Igleflaska
34 - Tå Og Fingerregle
35 - Erter, Kjøtt Og Snmør. Frå Dan Lindholm, Små Sagn Om Store Ting.
36 - Gullhøne, Gull Høne
37 - Hente, Brenne, Knuse Koke Kaffien
38 - Musi Som Hadde Ete Så Lite
39 - Bøkår Rennar, Springar - Må Eg Vera Më-Ë-Ë, Eventyr
40 - Dikkons Krëtur Gjeng På Okkons Jord
41 - Musi I Sylvkruset. Frå Rikard Berge, Norske Folkeeventyr.
42 - Kjërringa På Hadeland
43 - Hanen Og Høna. Frå Rikard Berge, Norske Folkeeventyr.
44 - Stekte Harar Og Gjødde Svin
45 - Kan 'kje Du'n So Kan Vël Eg'n
46 - Ola Trondson
47 - Eg Ruggar For En Kaving
48 - Heimefuglen
49 - Hanen Stend På Stabburhella
50 - Gamlestev Frå Telemark
51 - Mann Og Kjërringa Som Skulle Tel By'n, Etter Tora Buen
52 - Å Reven Ruslar Yve Risa
53 - Tor Baggje
54 - Te Jondal Og Fri
55 - Datt Du Ned, Du
56 - Sumarlauv Og Sale
57 - Telebondesvend
58 - Romlepotta, Eventyr Etter J. Tjønnstaul
59 - Imyljo Jul Og Kyndelmesse

Agnes BUEN GARNAS: Vocals
Finn KVALEM: Synthesizer
Guttorm GUTTORMSEN: Synthesizer, Flute
Knut BUEN: Hardingfele [Norwegian fiddle]
Olav SNORTHEIM: Langleik


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Maëlstrom - Quartet à Cordes de Bretagne (France 2003) @224

Maëlstrom Quartet is a new band, a string quartet.
It naturally takes off in Britain because its members are musicians known and recognized for their participation in famous groups such as Breton: Skeduz, Hastan, Hudel, Filifala, Cabestan.
Maëlstrom is a quartet that presents the first record on a repertoire of original music and traditional tunes in europe with a score of chamber music the most beautiful effect.  Three violins and a cello are exploring different types of songs from countries where the fiddle is king.

01 - La souris dans l'évier (rond de Loudéac)
02 - Maëlstrom Vals
03 - Mr Ivanov - Pavno makedonsko
04 - Mr Ivanov - Pravo chopsko horo
05 - Son an disparti (mélodie moldave)
06 - Les Néreïdes (Pierre Stephan)
07 - Absynthe (P. Stephan)
08 - Ur plac'h diouej ereujet (mélodie Tregor)
09 - Panlou (marche, Thierry Moreau)
10 - Les maux de ventre - Chant de gageries
11 - Les maux de ventre - Ridée
12 - Gradalvax - Bourrée
13 - Gradalvax - Air (Lancashire)
14 - Bonus track

Jean-Pierre Andrieux: Violin, Alto,
Pierre Stephan: Violin
Laurent Dacquay: Violin, Saz
Thierry Moreau: Cello
Annie Ebrel: Vocals
Leonardo Ivanov: Gadulka (Bulgarian string instrument)


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Filippo Gambetta - Andirivieni (Italy 2009) @VBR~256

It has been almost ten years after the onset of record Filippo Gambetta.  Recorded in late 1999, Stria gave the start to a promising artistic career to the next so many awards, including international ones, would have confirmed every step.  A particular technical skill and musical taste have led it to be one of the best Italian diatonic accordion.f Goaea Pria (2002) had pointed out the talent in a rich dimension of different perspectives is now the turn of the new coming and going to characterize a phase of strong thematic and compositional maturity.  While not denying the European tradition of instrument which has until now been soaked, Filippo Gambetta's work here on grounds more relaxed, which ensures the music an amplitude of reflexivity is not so.  This is the case of songs like Kevat, and Mr. Pippi (composed and arranged by Riccardo Barbera).
But Runaway Lane or lettuce turbulent songs from more accelerated pace, keeping a happy aplomb that distances them from certain emergency youth a bit 'too discoveries.  Gigi is an edgy ballad instead of sure grip radio made by the soothing voice of guitarist Claudio de Angeli and structured on the basis of a reel.  South American accents appropriate recovery are down on tiptoe to Fica Mal com Deus Geraldo Vandré, while the bouncy swing and gypsy Mariù, recorded a duet with her father and guitarist Beppe, to round off a job that can not be  nothing but admiration in those who claim to music with pleasure and deep contents. Among the collaborators, in addition to the aforementioned Barbera (bass) and De Angeli, reported Michel Balatti (flute), Antonio Experts (bass clarinet) and Mario Arcari (oboe). 
Filippo Gambetta, has always been involved in the dissemination organ music in different contexts, has developed a personal technique on an instrument with three rows, studying and drawing inspiration from many sources (local tradition, the rhythmic and harmonic forms Balkan, French music , classical and contemporary sounds).  It is remarkable that in the coming and going can also be found in the guise of mandolin, clarinet and percussion, as proof of its vitality and musical curiosity.

01 - Kevät
02 - Pippi
03 - Conosci te stesso
04 - Mistero
05 - Runaway lane
06 - La Lattuga turbolenta
07 - Serra, la
08 - Gigi-Gigi's reel
09 - Fica mal com Deus
10 - Mariù

Filippo Gambetta: three row diatonic accordion, mandolin, clarinet, percussion
Claudio de Angeli: acoustic guitar
Riccardo Barbera: upright bass, classical guitar
Michel Balatti: irish wooden flute
Mario Arcari: oboe d'amore
Beppe Gambetta: acoustic guitar
Antonio Esperti: bass clarinet


Monday, April 4, 2011

Ilgi - Saules Meita (Latvia 1998) @320

In concept and content, their most groundbreaking CD. While dedicated to the archetypal Latvian woman who plays a central role in so many Latvian folk dainas, the spirited arrangements add a new dimension to the traditional sounds and rhythms of Latvian music. Ilga Reiznieces’ voice and violin, and Māris Muktupāvels virtuosity on folk instruments is nhanced by the singing of Mara Kalniņa and the bass guitar and sound engineering of Gatis Gaujenieks.

01. Vissbija
02. Tautešami roku devu
03. Sēj, brālīti, kaņepītes
04. Es tev lūdzu
05. Skait māmeņa
06. Bur man' būri
07. Dieva dēli, Saules meitas
08. Māte mani audzēdama
09. Tumsa mani tautās veda
10. Upe saka tecēdama
11. Teku, teku pa celiņu
12. Kalnā kāpu skatīties

Ilga REIZNIECE: Voice, violin
Maris MUKTUPAVELS: Bagpipes, accordion, recorder
Gatis GAUJENIEKS: bass
Vilnis STRODS: Drums
Egons Kronbergs: Guitars


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cristina Pato - The Galician Connection (2010 Spain) @192

"The Galician Connection" is an intimate, mature and introspective album that reaffirms her successful career as a global artist. Cristina Pato has evolved as a musician and this album shows it.

With collaborations by singer Rosa Cedron (ex-Luar na Lubre, Mike Oldfield), accordion player Victor Prieto and his trio, canadian mezzo soprano Patrice Jegou, Javier Cedron's string quartet, Carlos Beceiro's bouzouki and her band members Laura Amado (voice), David G. Outumuro (percussions), Xan Padron and Raquel Pato. "The Galician Connection" was recorded in New York, Madrid, Galicia and Lisbon; produced by Cristina Pato for Zouma Records the cd includes 12 works composed by Cristina Pato, Victor Prieto, Xan Padrón, Rosa Cedrón and Raquel Pato among others.

In "The Galician Connection" Galician bagpipe and piano connect from contemporary music to jazz…this is the album in which Cristina Pato has opened a new way for the Galician Bagpipe: the synthesis of her classical training and her love for the instrument.

"The Galician Connection" is the beginning of a new step for one of the most international stars of the gaita. A pioneer on the use of the Galician bagpipe as a global instrument, Cristina Pato continues showing the possibilities of her instrument through contemporary music and her own language.

01 - Mundos Celtas
02 - Meniña Gaiteira
03 - O Loito do Mar
04 - Abella Durminte
05 - A Pomba Dourada
06 - Caronte
07 - Miña Nai Lúa
08 - Lamento
09 - Rubias Envidias
10 - Nos Altos de Washington
11 - Arena y Aire II
12 - Negro Caravel

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