- Ion Petre Stoican
Ion Petre Stoican (1930–c. 1990) was a
Romanian violinist, a "lăutar" (performer of traditional music, especially for weddings). [Sole]
Olteniţa, Stoican was related to celebrated violinist Ion Nomol. [Friedrich] Sometime before 1965, during the regime of Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, after observing strange behavior by a man in an audience for whom he was performing somewhere on the Black Seacoast, Stoican helped in arresting an American spy. He was offered a reward of a car or a house, but requested that his reward be to make a record. The result was a 4-song EP on Electrecord, backed by a band put together by the record label for the purpose. However, the record was not a commercial success. After a brief attempt at being a "lăutar" in Bucharest(where he lacked family connections), he retreated to Constanţa, where he was more successful. [Barrington; Friedrich]
Following the death of his wife in the mid-1970s, Stoican decided to try Bucharest again. [Friedrich] In 1977, he managed to make another record on Electrecord, this time an LP with a band of his own choosing. Stoican and trumpeter
Costel Vasilescu, taking full advantage of Stoican's prestige as a spy-catcher, if not as a violinist, pulled together an all-star band drawn from the Bucharest music scene of the time. [Barrington, Friedrich] Among others, the album features cimbalomplayer Toni Iordache, who was responsible for many of the arrangements, and accordionist Ionica Minune. [Sole, Friedrich] Other than Stoican and Iordache, the 14-piece band were credited only as a "People's Orchestra" rather than by name on the original Electrecord release, but a band photo on the album has allowed the line-up to be definitively identified. [Friedrich]
Deanne Sole describes it as "the kind of music he would have used to impress people who might hire him for their festivities", featuring "
hora" dances and other music typical for wedding receptions, more restrained than "the Romaniwho were recorded more recently, in the post-Ceauşescu era", "indoor" music, "country dances urbanised by streets and walls," but still with "the taut, sweet quality that makes Romanian folk violinists so compelling." [Sole] Besides "horas", the album includes " briu", " sîrba", and " geamparale" dance numbers.
The album, recorded when Stoican was already in his late forties, proved to be his belated ticket to prominence among Bucharest "lăutari". [Sole]
German record producer Henry Ernst of
Asphalt Tangorecords, who first heard Stoican's 1977 LP in 1986 in a small-town record store in Transylvania, began negotiations with Electrecord in 2002 to re-release it. The tapes proved difficult to find, but the album was finally released in 2005 as a CD entitled "Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1." [Barrington, Sole]
* 4 track EP, originally released on Electrecord, c. 1966, name unknown
* album, originally released as an LP on Electrecord, c. 1977, ST-EPE 02166 'Ion Petre Stoican muzică lăutărească', re-released 2005 as a CD on Asphalt Tango, as "Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1."
Credits for "Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1"
;Musicians:Ion Petre Stoican - violin:Nicu Sapteluni - violin:Marian Grigore - violin:Matei Niculescu - violin:Mihai "Rita" Gheorghe - double bass:Fane Negrila - doublebass:Ionica Minune - accordion:Viorel Fundament - accordion:Guta "Toi" Vasile - violin:Toni Iordache - cymbalom:Mieluta Bibescu - clarinet:Grigore Vasile - clarinet:Costel Vasilescu - trumpet:Nicu Manole - violin
#Hora lui Sile 03:33
#Hora de la Constanţa 02:39
#Moşule, te-aş întreba 04:36
#Hora de la Olteniţa 02:37
#Ia-ia-ţi mireasă, ziua buna 08:33
#Hora lui Mihalea 02:32
#Chiar dacă dau de necaz 02:45
#Melodia lui Sile 02:15
#Hora lăutareasca 03:11
#Briu din Olteniţa 01:45
#Hora de joc de la Olteniţa 01:39
#Sîrba de joc din Constanţa 02:35
#Hora de la Luceni 01:29
* Helen Barrington [http://www.theworld.org/globalhits/2006/01/23.shtml Review of Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1] ,
23 January 2006, on the site of " The World (radio program)", a BBCprogram. Accessed 29 January 2006.
* Grit Friedrich [http://www.asphalt-tango.de/records/stoican/artist_more.html Notes on "Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1"] on the Asphalt Tango site. Accessed
29 January 2006.
* Deanne Sole [http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/s/stoicanionpetre-sounds.shtml Review of Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1] ,
19 January 2006, on PopMatters.com. Accessed 29 January 2006.
* [http://www.asphalt-tango.de/records/stoican/artist.html Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a bygone age, Volume. 1] in the Asphalt Tango catalog (includes musician and track listing). Accessed
29 January 2006.
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