As the result of its very complex nationality relations, Transylvania has become the meeting point of very diverse peasant cultures (Hungarian, Romanian, and German) and so, its folk music is unique too. The instrumental music traditions were preserved the most by the gypsies in Transylvania and Moldva. The art of beeing a musician descended from father to son for centurise and this is how those dynasties were born that served and shaped the music needs of village people. Today, however there is less and less possibility for them to play their music, as in many places people do not insist on the traditional, live music. Therfore precious this compilation, because all the bands you can hear on this album know and play such music pieces that originate from the era before the urbanisation of village life.
The recordings for this CD were made by Ferenc Kiss between 30 May and 1 June 1997 in Csíkszereda, Romania during the Primates’ Meeting held there. While editing the material, the intention was to give a complex, yet varied picture of that unbelievably colourful culture which will sink into oblivion very soon also in this part of the world.
01. Fetioreste des (Román férfi tánc / Rumanian men's dance)
02. Palatkai román táncok / Rumanian dances from Palatka
03. Csingerálás / Gypsy dance
04. Bodonkúti táncok / Dances from Bodonkút
05. Joc Batrinesc din Barai
06. Fetioreste des (Román férfitánc / Rumanian men's dance)
08. Sűrű és ritka tempó / Hungarian men's dances: fast and slow
09. Csingerálás / Gypsy dance
10. Szökős / Leaping dance
11. "Medvés" / "Bear dance"
12. "Rókatánc" / "Fox dance"
15. "Gergelytánc" / "Gregory dance"
17. Verbunk / Recruting dance
18. Jewish dance
19. Sebes forduló / Quick turning-dance
20. Lassú és sebes magyaros, "medvés"
21. Ficsoreszka és sebes kalup / Rumanian men's dance