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Romanian Folk Dances - No. 4, Sz. 56, BB 68
Romanian Folk Dances - No. 4, Sz. 56, BB 68 Cubus plays one of Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances.
Béla Bartók plays his Romanian Folk Dances
Béla Bartók plays his Romanian Folk Dances Audio only - Béla Bartók performs his Romanian Folk Dances.
Romanian Folk Dances No. 1 - Sz. 56 - Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances No. 1 - Sz. 56 - Béla Bartók Cubus plays "Stick Game" from Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók.
Hungarian Folk Music No. 18 - Béla Bartók
Hungarian Folk Music No. 18 - Béla Bartók Audio only - Béla Bartók at the piano and Katie Kadar perform Hungarian Folk Music No. 18.
Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók Bartok's Six Romanian Folk Dances (transcribed for violin and piano by Zoltan Szekely), performed by Dimitri Margaritis, violin and Stefanos Kozanis, piano.
Romanian Folk Dances -  Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók János Bálint on flute and Pál Paulikovics on guitar perform Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach - Folk Style
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach - Folk Style Brad Sondahl's acoustic fingerstyle folk rendition of Bach's classical favorite on guitar.
Béla Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances - Classical Guitar Duet
Béla Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances - Classical Guitar Duet Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances played by classical guitar duo.
Ukrainian Musicians Win Russia’s Balalaika Festival
Ukrainian Musicians Win Russia’s Balalaika Festival The Russian folk string instrument balalaika is still very much in demand. So say the participants of a Moscow festival called "Balalaika is the Soul of Russia". You can play simple folk songs on the instrument, or even classical pieces by Gaidan, Liszt, and Bach.

[Michael Maidanov, Festival Organizer]:

“There is increased interest, numbers of balalaika players, and enthusiasm towards the music, which can only be achieved when the most widely recognized musicians perform the most popular stages. In order to achieve this, the academic side must be raised.”

Requirements for participants are high. They must perform a musical piece, created specifically for the competition, along with more famous pieces. Moscow resident Denis Bichkov practiced Tarantella by Levin for one month. He’s serious about playing the balalaika and plans to become a professional musician.

[Denis Bichkov, Competitor]:

“Unfortunately, not many people play the balalaika these days. That's not good, because people are forgetting the roots of Russian culture. There is a saying – there's no future without knowing the past.”

Although the balalaika is considered to be a Russian folk instrument, Ukrainians ended up upstaging Russia, winning the competition. Crimea natives Bogdan Durd and Michiel Kandaurov received first and third place prizes. They performed in front of a Russian audience for the first time, but have toured their home land for a long time.

[Bogdan Durd, Competition Winner]:

“When I first started competing, I felt nervous. Later, I got used to it. When I perform, I watch the audience. Their reaction is interesting. The applause is, of course, nice to hear.”

The audience was also satisfied.

[Natalia Nagibna, Audience]:

“Actually, I do not regret being here. This is fairly interesting.”

NTD News, Моscow.
"The Elixir of Love" at Virginia Opera (2008)
"The Elixir of Love" at Virginia Opera (2008) Virginia Opera invites audiences to toast the holidays and fall head-over-heels for Gaetano Donizetti's romantic comedy "The Elixir of Love", coming to the stage in nine romping performances from Nov. 14 through Dec. 6 in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax, Va. Last staged here in 1998, "The Elixir of Love" is the classic love potion story, with a comic twist. In the Italian countryside, the young farmer Nemorino drinks a "magical" elixir in the hope it will help him win the love of Adina, the prettiest girl in town. Little does he know the potion, sold to him by a quack doctor, is little more than ordinary red wine. Soprano Jane Redding makes a delightful return to Virginia Opera's stage as Adina, having earned high praise from critics for previous comedic roles here, including Poppea in "Agrippina" (2007) and Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro" (2006). Making their company debuts are tenor Joshua Kohl as the love struck farmer Nemorino and baritone Stephen Hartley as the debonair Sergeant Belcore. The cast of five is topped off by returning bass-baritone Todd Robinson as the traveling cure-all salesman, Dr. Dulcamara, and soprano Allison Pohl as Gianetta. Mr. Robinson virtually stole the show with his moving aria as Prince Gremin in "Eugene Onegin" earlier this year, and Ms. Pohl is an exciting talent who last season was a member of the company's Spectrum Resident Artist program for young artists. Returning with a re-envisioned staging of "The Elixir of Love" is acclaimed ...
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