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Master of the Russian Gypsy Violin

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
A masterful album of violin music roving back and forth from classical to jazz to folk. Oleg Ponomare tends to infuse everything he plays with some sensibilities from the gypsy-jazz tradition (he and the bulk of the other performers on Master of the Russian Gypsy Violin were indeed members of the Hot Club of Dublin, a gypsy-jazz outfit). The backing guitars tend to fall into a basic rhythm, which simply lets Ponomare do his thing over the top without any real interference. At times he moves into a slower, more pensive mood, but never quite reaches the mournfulness he seems to be reaching for. Other times, he simply revels in showcasing his speed and virtuosity. The music...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
A masterful album of violin music roving back and forth from classical to jazz to folk. Oleg Ponomare tends to infuse everything he plays with some sensibilities from the gypsy-jazz tradition (he and the bulk of the other performers on Master of the Russian Gypsy Violin were indeed members of the Hot Club of Dublin, a gypsy-jazz outfit). The backing guitars tend to fall into a basic rhythm, which simply lets Ponomare do his thing over the top without any real interference. At times he moves into a slower, more pensive mood, but never quite reaches the mournfulness he seems to be reaching for. Other times, he simply revels in showcasing his speed and virtuosity. The music is a nice collection of old and new, with footholds in the gypsy traditions as well as references to Russian classical masters (as needed). Ponomare is a technical beast, but the emotion he pulls from his violin comes and goes in spurts. Worth a listen, though there are aspects of the album better represented by other artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/27/2005
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037197724
  • Catalog Number: 1977

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lakatosh (3:42)
  2. 2 Souvenir de Villingen (1:54)
  3. 3 Polonez (3:38)
  4. 4 Hora (4:18)
  5. 5 I'll Tell You Why (4:57)
  6. 6 Smelka (2:09)
  7. 7 Doina (5:06)
  8. 8 Bear Dance (3:05)
  9. 9 Turka (4:30)
  10. 10 Deda (5:34)
  11. 11 Odessa (4:16)
  12. 12 Romance (3:11)
  13. 13 Lautary (3:21)
  14. 14 Wedding Song (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oleg Ponomarev Primary Artist, Guitar, Violin, Drums, Viola
Nigel Clark Guitar
Lev Atlas Violin
Technical Credits
Greg French Engineer
Christian M. Dickinson Engineer
Oleg Ponomarev Composer, Mastering
Traditional Composer
Alex Stokes Cover Art
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