Eastern encores

Three Notch’d Road’s “Eastern Exotic” program, reviewed in the previous post, brought to mind another early music group’s exploration of Eastern Europe folk music: Ensemble Caprice’s recordings of pieces from Collection Uhrovska, an 18th-century manuscript that preserves traditional songs and dances from Slavic, Jewish, Hungarian, Romanian and Romani (gypsy) sources.

Matthias Maute, the flutist and recorder player who leads the Montreal-based ensemble, made two discs with his arrangements of Uhrovska selections performed alongside works by Georg Philipp Telemann (Analekta 29919) and Antonio Vivaldi (Analekta 29912).

Cool album covers by Marianne Chevalier, intoxicating music.

Some samples, with singer Carmen Genest’s haunting rendition of “Ach ma myla” and violinist David Greenberg’s jaw-dropping introduction/cadenza in “Visel som.”