- Performer:Okros Ensemble
- Title:Transylvania Village Music
- Style:Hungarian Folk,South/Eastern European Traditions,Gypsy,Central European Traditions
- Date of release:October 26, 1999
- Size FLAC version1465 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1630 megabytes
- Size WMA version1205 megabytes
- Formats:MIDI MP1 TTA ADX MOD VQF
7. Erdely ('Transylvania').
The village aspect is palpable, in the lovable, rustic looseness and the all-for-one fire of the playing. Intonation is not perfect, but the spirit soars in a way not quite like any other musical tradition in the world. Centerstage is Transylvanian violinist and champion of the old folk music ways, Sandor Fodor Nett, born in 1922. Most of the music is played on violin, viola and bass, sometimes played in chugging chords that sound like a mutant accordion.
Transylvania Village Music. This music might strike some as rather dissonant at first, with high-pitched violins and a ragged ensemble. But there is a unique texture to the traditional tunes here. The drone of the viola against contrapuntal violins makes the tension in these pleasant dances and laments quite intriguing; there is a deep beauty and soul to these performances that makes them a real delight.
Inhabited by Romanians, Székelys and other Hungarians, Germans, Serbs, Slovaks, Gypsies and others, Transylvania has long been a center for folk music from all of these different cultures. Bartók and Kodály collected many folk songs from Transylvania early in the 20th century.
The ensemble is led by Sandor Fodor, known as 'Neti', one of the great Kalotaszeg violinists, and a senior member of the Hungarian music scene (born in 1922, two years after the Hungarian cession of Transylvania in the Treaty of Trianon). Transylvania has a mixed heritage; it's been part of both Hungary and Romania, and is still in many ways disputed territory. And as elsewhere in Eastern Europe, the Rom musical tradition is also strong.
Although the Okros Ensemble is exemplary among groups in the Hungarian folk revival, since it actually invites village musicians like Neti to perform with it, the issues are worth pondering. It is also fascinating to compare the group's sound with the original sources. consisting of music from the Kalotaszeg region. It is a single track, 60 minutes long . In the case of the Okros Ensemble, both the singers and the violinist, Neti, are effectively the source itself. Yet in contrast to some of the archival recordings Mr. Kelemen makes in his Budapest studio, ''Blues at Dawn'' has a polished sound. It is easy to conclude that the word ''authentic'' simply means ''ugly.
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CreditsLaka "Kicsi" Aladár - Violin
Kálmán Balogh - Cimbalom
Róbert Doór - Double Bass
Bela Kasa - Photography
Laszlo Kelemen - 3-String Viola
László Mester - Viola
Miklós Molnár - Violin
Okros Ensemble - Primary Artist
Csabo Okros - Violin
Fodor "Neti" Sándor - Violin
László Szalai - Engineer, Mixing
Agi Szaloki - Vocals
Traditional - Composer
|1||Legényes & Friss Traditional||Okros Ensemble||8:17|
|2||Kömös Hallgatója & Legényes Traditional||Okros Ensemble||6:56|
|3||Shepherd Song Traditional||Okros Ensemble||4:21|
|4||Cigány Keserves Traditional||Okros Ensemble||2:16|
|5||Invirtita Traditional||Okros Ensemble||6:24|
|6||Ritka Magyar, Cigány Csárdás & Csingerálás Traditional||Okros Ensemble||13:45|
|7||Doina, Purtata, Invirtita & De Sarit Traditional||Okros Ensemble||6:22|
|8||Szalóki Ági Keservese Traditional||Okros Ensemble||3:52|
|9||Hajnali, Csårdås & Friss Traditional||Okros Ensemble||10:37|