This CD is packed with traditional music one could hear on the Radio or in a restaurant in Romania. It is infectious, fast-paced, energetic music which includes phenomenal violin and cymbalom improvisations. (The cymbalom is a type of hammered dulcimer, usually played by gypsies). This is one out-standing CD at a very great price. If exotic melodies from the Balkans ever captured your imagination you will find this CD appealing. The unique rhythms, melodies and instruments create a musical labrynth which is worth exploring. The musical treasure, once hidden behind the Iron Curtain, is revealed in all its splendor and glory. It is expansive and explosive as it bursts forth into freedom. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
I have several Air Mail Music CDs and they can be hit or miss. This is definitely one of the better ones. Though the title is, "Balkan Memories," these tunes are all Romanian. The ensemble playing them have a polished, modern sound (as opposed to some of the older village styles), and the tunes themselves are beautiful. I think this would appeal to anyone who likes the group, Taraf de Haidouks. As is the case with other Air Mail Music CDs, no information is given about the musicians, tunes, or the music in general (other than a paragraph on the back). There aren't many CDs of this type of music available, so buy it before it goes out of print!
Sounds professional, the music covers all the different areas of Romania.
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