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Gipsy Way - Bach, Brahms, Sarasate, Monti, Hubay, Etc / Pavel Sporcl, Romano Stilo


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3951   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachPablo de SarasateJohannes BrahmsAram Khachaturian,   ... 
Performer:  Martin RajtNikola SlezFrantiUek Rigo Jr.Pavel Sporcl,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Winning "crossover" from the man with the hat and the fiddle.

Reviewing a collection of Dvorák and Suk by Pavel Šporcl (3/07), Edward Greenfield called him "the most charismatic of young Czech violinists". Welcoming his Paganini collection (4/05), Rob Cowan referred to his "snazzy headscarf". Nobody should have expected a crossover album to be far away, and here it is - though Šporcl now seems to favour a natty hat rather than a scarf.

Accompaniment is provided by Romano Stilo, a cimbalom ensemble (or gypsy band, if you like) that was formed in Slovakia as recently as 2006 with musicians from Slovak and Hungarian music academies. The programme seems to include in one
Read more form or another just about all the gypsy airs we ever knew, together with other items less widely known - most notably by Romanian virtuoso violinist Georges Boulanger (1893-1958). The treatment of the whole is very much out of the ordinary, and the exhilarating result completely dispels any suggestion of this being a simple rehash of hackneyed favourites.

The concert was recorded in Prague's La Fabrika entertainment venue before a live audience, whose whoops of joy at the sweet lyricism of Šporcl's playing and the thrilling virtuosity of all concerned serve to add to, rather than detract from, the atmosphere. As always with crossover albums, I approached this with trepidation; but I was won over in no time at all. It may not be how you expect to hear your Brahms, Sarasate, Khachaturian or even Vittorio Monti; but it's how I shall almost expect to do so in future. Highly recommended.

-- Andrew Lamb, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Nikola Slez (Violin), FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano),
Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Marek Rajt (Violin), Laszlo Onodi (Viola),
Laszlo Onodi (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Jenö Hubay. 
2.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Marek Rajt (Violin), Laszlo Onodi (Guitar),
Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Nikola Slez (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
3.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Marek Rajt (Violin), Nikola Slez (Violin),
Laszlo Onodi (Guitar), Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Pavel Sporcl (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
4.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Marek Rajt (Violin), Nikola Slez (Violin),
Laszlo Onodi (Guitar), Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Pavel Sporcl (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
5.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Marek Rajt (Violin), Nikola Slez (Violin),
Laszlo Onodi (Guitar), Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Pavel Sporcl (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: Romantic 
6.
Avant de mourir by Georges Boulanger
Performer:  Martin Rajt (Double Bass), Laszlo Onodi (Guitar), Nikola Slez (Violin),
Pavel Sporcl (Violin), FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Marek Rajt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Georgette in D major by Georges Boulanger
Performer:  FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Martin Rajt (Double Bass),
Laszlo Onodi (Guitar), Nikola Slez (Violin), Marek Rajt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Fantaisie tziganesque, Op. 4 by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Martin Rajt (Double Bass), FrantiUek Rigo Jr. (Electric Piano), Pavel Sporcl (Violin),
Nikola Slez (Violin), Marek Rajt (Violin), Laszlo Onodi (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romano Stilo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Hungary 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Partita no 3 (Bach, arr. Hubay): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Hungarian Dances for Orchestra (Brahms): No 5 in G minor

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