The life of a reviewer is made very easy with a CD such as this. Easy because you dont have to invent anything to relay the beauty of this music. The name of this Polish group should be already familiar to music fans – their previous Cd “Junctions” was an example how their folk music was enriched due to their classical background. Its not difficult therefore, to imagine how Sarakina have interpreted their illustrious fellow countryman, Friederick Chopin.
The key to undertsanding this Cd is in the subtitle “Sarakina inspired by Chopin”. This is not simply a recital of various compostions by Chopin but a much deeper work, which imagine s the famous composer still living and still capable of producing inspiration even today.
No problem thus for the listener who perhaps is not familiar with Chopin. In fact it may well attract the listener to Chopins music.
I do not want to make a track listing but highlight a couple of original tracks written by the band leader and accordionist Jacek Grekow which are Ballade in 7 and the title track Fryderykata. They like “Nocturne in G minor Op. 15 n.3”, the long and elaborate “Pelude in C minor Op.28 N.20” and the last track “Se navali Sharp lanina” have that something extra which immediately capture the listeners interest.
Once again Sarakina provide proof of their great artistry... dont be fooled by the rather austere CD cover
Reviewed by Renato