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Patchwork Europe

Early Recordings 1911-1954
Product number: SM 16262
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European folk music has not one sound but many. There are countless soundscapes between Sardinia and Norway, from the Atlantic coast to the Urals, each one distinct. All have their own character. Europe means polyphony, a thicket of diversity where for millennia cultures have been flowing together and drifting apart, creating a musical patchwork.
Traditional music? The term suggests constancy and permanence: familiar tunes and homely songs. The melodies of the past seem to offer a stable foothold, in opposition to the ever faster innovations of the present.
However this nostalgia is an illusion, a false idyll. Many of the musical styles we now perceive as traditional were originally radical and modern. They resulted from dramatic changes which shook the 19th century European world and turned it upside down. The industrial revolution triggered technical innovations and social change on a massive scale. New instruments were invented: the accordion, mouth organ, concertina, banjo and saxophone, plus brass instruments equipped with valves like the trumpet and tuba. Later, factory production turned these new musical instruments into relatively cheap mass produced items which many people could afford.
Christoph Wagner collected for this WERGO CD a wonderful musical patchwork of styles and traditions.


Ireland – Cashin, Cawley & Ford: Bashful Bachelor + Sunshine Hornpipe
Scotland – William Hannah's Band: Scottish or Foursome Reel
England – Jack Armstrong and his Northumbrian Barnstormers: Morpeth Rant
France – Jean Pradal et Martin Cayla: Polka Piquée
Portugal – Ermelinda Vitória: Fado da Minha Aldeia
Spain – La Niña de los Peines: Sevillanas
Mallorca – Agrupación Folklórica de Valldemossa: Parado de Valldemossa
Norway – Gjermund Haugen: Markensmandagen
Denmark – Folkedanseorkestret: Hattemageren
Germany – Münchner Original-Terzett Georg Weinschütz: Tegernseer Landler
Switzerland – Urnäscher Streichmusik & Jodler Quartett: Alpufzug
Austria – Volkssänger-Familie Simboeck: Innviertler Landler
Italy – Nullo Romani: Buon principio d'anno
Sardinia – Efisio Melis: Mediana in re maggiore
Sicily – I Quattro Siciliani: Camporeale Bello
Finland – Erik Kivi: Punaliivi
Belarus – Gregory Matusewitch: Yiddisher Wulach
Poland – Eduard Mika i Tadeusz Zadroga: Staropolski kujawiak
Czech Republic/Slovakia – Sió Aladár és Zenekara: Mindenféle Szerelemnek
Hungary – Olah Lajos: Biró uram és sárga cserebogár
Serbia/Croatia – Verni's Troubadours Tamburica Orchestra: Micika Polka
Albania – Riza Hakdin Me Shoket: Çelni ju moj lule çelni
Greece – Georgia Mittaki & Laikis Orchistras: Tha horepseis gero
Romania – Orhestra Traian Lặscut: Doina şi Ardeleana de la Sibiu
Ukraine – Ukrainska Orchestra Pawla Humeniuk: Zaporozec Polka
Russia – Sisters Fiodorov: Kukushka


Cashin, Cawley & Ford - William Hannah's Band - Jack Armstrong and his Northumbrian Barnstormers - Jean Pradal et Martin Cayla - Ermelinda Vitória - La Niña de los Peines - Agrupación Folklórica de Valldemossa - Gjermund Haugen - Folkedanseorkestret - Münchner Original-Terzett Georg Weinschütz - Urnäscher Streichmusik & Jodler Quartett - Volkssänger-Familie Simboeck - Nullo Romani - Efisio Melis - I Quattro Siciliani - Erik Kivi - Gregory Matusewitch - Eduard Mika i Tadeusz Zadroga - Sió Aladár és Zenekara - Olah Lajos - Verni's Troubadours Tamburica Orchestra - Riza Hakdin Me Shoket - Georgia Mittaki & Laikis Orchistras - Orhestra Traian Lặscut - Ukrainska Orchestra Pawla Humeniuk - Sisters Fiodorov

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Patchwork Europe
Early Recordings 1911-1954
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SM 16262
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