- All "ZSM" coded CDs are in new and never-played condition. Most are sealed. However, product may have manufacturer's delete notch, drill hole, prior sale stickers, or worn or missing OUTER wrap.
- Released: October 30, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Rykodisc
Dirty Linen - Apr/May 93, p.90
"...Although their heart seems to be in the Balkans, their hands also grasp Norway, Scotland, and, in one piece, Africa...performed on a combination of classical instruments and indigenous ones..."
- 2.Aide Jano
- 3.Outdoor Wedding
- 4.Los Cholitos
- 5.Da Rooth
- 6.Trans-Danubian Swineherd's Music
- 7.Kale Mano
- 8.Shepherd's Music
- 10.African Rain
Orbestra: Liz Cowdrey (violin, bassoon, Dvoinitsa), Ben Davis (cello), Andrea Martin (double bass), Sarah Morgan (picccolo, flute, alto flute, bamboo flute, background vocals), Kevin Murphy (clarinets, mbira), Paul Bevan (trombone, darbuka, bongos, dvoinitsa, wooden flute, violin), Peter Cowdrey (piano, tapan, wood blocks, mbira), Patricia Cuberos (background vocals).
Recorded at Park Gate Studios, East Sussex, England.
All songs written by members of Orbestra.
An overachieving British ensemble does the Tchaikovsky composition method in reverse -- subverting classical music elements in the service of unrepentant traditional songs. Though the skittery textural arrangements only occasionally erupt into full-flung dance beats -- as on the Turkish-style Macedonian wedding romp, "Skopje" -- this is body music nonetheless. Eastern European folk songs fare the best, not merely surviving complex arrangements but prospering in an atmosphere of moody string and trombone counterpoint or orchestral coloration dank enough to enliven the most demanding fatalist. Case in point is the title cut, a six-minute suite based on Bartok's transcriptions of four unaccompanied Hungarian fiddle songs. ~ Bob Tarte