Tcha Limberger

Press

CD REVIEW – Kalotaszeg Trio – Djangostation

23.02.2010 – A hajnali csillag ragyog

‘After a very nice first album, released last year on Dave Kelbie’s English label Lejazzetal, Tcha Limberger continues his exploration of the music from central Europe by making this new album called ‘a hajnali csillag ragyog’. The music he studies and discovers here is from the rural etnologic region called Kalotaszeg. As difficult as it is to say whether a piece is Hungarian, Romanian or Gypsy, as there are many transformations and crossovers.
It’s in Kalotaszeg though that you can find the most lively and deep pieces of music. It is also a region with a lot of interesting musicians like for example Neti Sandor. It is easy to understand why Tcha became fascinated by Kalotaszeg. There he discovered the two other musicians on the cd, who were the past accompaniers of Neti Sandor. Both Toni Rudi on bracs and Berki Viktor bass, naturally know Magyar nota and the music from Bucharest, but they are great specialists in the music of Kalotaszeg. The trio they make with Tcha Limberger sometimes sounds like a big string orchestra.
The music we hear here consists of typical melodies. The liner notes, explain well the characteristics of each of them. Keserves – slow piece; hajnali – slow song, often performed at sunset at the end of weddings; the legényes is a good chance for the young boys to show their virility. There are also the czardas, invartita, the verbunk, and szapora, all dances with a light character of which the emotions are really nicely performed by the trio.
In some of the hajnali Tcha Limberger’s voice reaches heart breaking qualities. Tcha Limberger explains, ‘if I like passionately the music of this region, it certainly is because of the beauty of it’s landscapes, the pure air and the warm hearted people, things I can hear in the music. This music makes me want to play, even when I’m not in Kalotaszeg, as if I were nostalgic not to be there.
Tcha Limberger passionately loves this music in which so many exist so smoothly next to each other, Hungarian, Romanian, Gypsy and Jewish elements. It is sure, that he loves it passionately, to share this music with us.’

SEBASTIEN LEGE