Magazine article Gramophone

'Balkan Fever'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Balkan Fever'

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'Balkan Fever'

Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Op 11 No 1. Balkan Music and Trio Improvisations (a) MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kristjan Jarvi with Theodosii Spassov kaval Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic gtrs Naive [F] V5395 (76' * DDD) Recorded live at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig

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This is fun, primarily because of a touch of 'premature congratulation' towards the end of Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody. The ever-resourceful Kristjan Jarvi and his MDR Leipzig players lay on the spice with a vengeance, push the dance element too; but, come the pause before the tangy, upbeat coda, the audience suddenly bursts into applause, thinking (one assumes) that the piece is over. When it starts up again, Jarvi, his players and the audience make a virtue of necessity and prompt a happily rioting finale.

The rest of the programme consists of improvised or orchestrated music from the Balkan region, the improvisations involving the guitarists Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic, with kaval player Theodosii Spassov (a kaval, by the way, is a chromatic end-blown flute traditionally played throughout the region). …

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