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Nocturne in G minor Op. 15 No. 3; Waltz in D flat major Op. 64 No. 1; Hulanka Op. 74 No. 4; Prelude in C minor Op. 28 No. 20; Mazurka in G minor Op. 24 No. 1; Ballade in 7; Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No. 4; Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4; Fryderykata; Se navali Shar planina;
Jacek Grekow - accordion, kaval, bagpipes; Jan Mlejnek - clarinet, tambura Mateusz Bielski - double-bass; Wojciech Bronakowski - percussion; Maciej Nerkowski - vocal; Guest: Robert Siwak - daf
Eelco Schilder (FolkWorld.eu): This year the group Sarakina celebrates it's ten year anniversary with the release of a interesting new album. The band exists out of three musicians from Poland and an accordionist from Bulgaria. On the album they are joined by a singer and a guest musician on the daf. The band always showed great interest in modern-acoustic interpretations of ethnic music from the Balkan region, especially those of Bulgaria and Macedonia. On Fryderykata they use the elements of these traditions in a tribute to the great composer Chopin. Many classical composers were influenced by ethnic music and used traditional melodies in their work. Sarakina does it the other way around, they use the compositions of Chopin to create new-traditional style music. The album shows not only the quality of Chopin, but also the quality of the musicians and Jacek Grekow as the mastermind behind the groups musical arrangements. It's interesting how the four musicians let the classical, and often very known, themes, sound like they are deeply rooted in the Balkan tradition. Amazingly strong play of all four musicians, with superb interaction between accordion and clarinet, backed by a solid bass and percussion. I like the intensity with which Grekow plays his accordion. He makes his instrument scream, whisper and everything in between. Mljenek plays his clarinet in a fluent way, not only technically well but with his hearth. Actually that can be said of all the musicians. The bassist and percussionist create a good, bit jazzy, fundament on which Grekow and Mlejnek can build their beautiful melodies. The best album of the band until today, pure music of the highest quality. Sure Chopin is smiling in heaven (or wherever he is right now).
Album uploaded by Jacek Grekow