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with the brass band
'Bate Toba Maruntel'
Label - Electrecord, Romania
'The Brass Band in Zece Prajini ... who hasn't heard of it? With no exaggeration we can say that at present it is the most famous brass band in
Romania. The innumerable successes at home but also abroad stand proof.
Zece Prajini continues the tradition of the famous peasants' brass bands that appeared in Moldavia at the beginning of the last century after the model of the town brass bands. The town brass band in its turn took after the traditional model of the two ensembles of brass players, first Turkish, later Romanian and then military, the court music of the
17th and 19th centuries and the Austrian brass band.
The musicians in the countryside, especially those, who had played in soldiers' brass bands during their military service, began replacing their wind instruments such as flutes, long shepherd's pipes, bagpipes, with clarinets, trumpets and
bugle-horns. At about the same time, villages started growing and the larger communities needed a stronger, more penetrating music during their
After 50 years of supremacy, the brass band had to make room for electronic
But it seems we are now witnessing a revival of the peasants' brass band, a
proved by the interest of the public. More and more soloists prefer the accompaniment of
the brass band rather than that of the usual fiddler's band. Mioara
Velicu, a well-known
and beloved folk music singer proposes another type of accompaniment, which gives a
new touch to her songs.
In the ethnic-folkloric area of Vaslui, the source of Mioara Velicu's songs, the
brass band still is the unifying element of village life, a permanent presence in all events,
happy or sad, which determined the singer to resort to this accompaniment formula in her
last recordings. Well done! The result. was an exceptional recording.
There are new songs as well in this album and well known songs from the singer's
repertoire - real hits,
in fact. The nice and colorful arrangements, the
refined and full of nuances interpretation, the successful. accompaniment provided by the Brass Band
of Zece Prajini, comes to emphasize their beauty once more. The beauty of the dance
songs interpreted by Mioara Velicu with so much talent is augmented by the presence of
the brass band. The dynamism and virtuosity of these songs gets new attributes due to the
amplitude given by the brass band.
A special effect is created by the discreet but clear accompaniment of the vocalist
that accurately observes the musical score but also makes 'jokes' imitating the
The instrumental songs so masterfully interpreted by the Brass band of Zece
Prajini stress at the same time the virtuosity and passion of Costica
coordinator. He succeeded in inspiring these simple people not only the desire to take
further the tradition of playing brass instruments, a tradition transmitted from father to
son in their village, but also an infinite love for the Romanian songs.
l have the conviction that this compact disc produced by the Electrecord
Recording Company, consisting of songs interpreted by Mioara Velicu and the Brass
Band of Zece Prajini, will draw the public's attention and will be a real success.
The satisfaction the audience of this disc will experience while listening
will be special, as such music is a source of strength and power, a source of joy.'
Ethno-musicologist, editor in the Romanian State Television
(the above is a translation of the CD sleeve notes, which are in Romanian)
with the brass band
'Bate Toba Maruntel'
1. Batuta lui Borona (1'40")
Mi-o spus, tata, intr-o seara (1'59")
|3. Joaca, fetele cu foc (2'13")
Frumoasa-i nunta la tara (2'06")
Batuta de laZece Prajini (1'34")
Bate toba maruntel! (1'50")
Jocu-i din batrani lasat (1'48")
|8. Omule, te-as intreba (3'00")
Hora lui Tracoru (2'41")
Hai la joc, badita! (1'39")
Maine, totirecrutii pleaca (2'34")
Tare mi-e drag a juca (2'15")
Hora de la Zece Prajini (4'40")
Cand eram la mama fata (2'11")
|15. Hai, sa scoatem dantu-afara! (1'41")
Insoara de la lasi (3'13")
Sarba de la lasi (2'28")
Hora de la Prut (2'06")
Astazi am sa cant mai bine (1'56")
Ma duc, mandro, la armanta (3'25")
Tot pe loc, mai cu foc (2'35")
Greu e, Doamne, prin straini (2'29")
Sarba lui Costel Sarampel (3'16")