Gypsy Campfires by 101 Strings is an orchestral presentation of famous gypsy songs including “Dark Eyes”, “Two Guitars”, “Slavonic Dances”, “Czardas”, “Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 6″ and “Golden Earrings”. The 101 String Orchestra captures a plethora of sounds and emotions of participants at gypsy nightly campfires. The release is available on vinyl, audio CD and MP3 formats.
“Dark Eyes” is the first song on the album. The song proceeds at a brisk and fast pace with a rise to a crescendo and an accelerating rate of speed. The orchestra plays the rendition in a dramatic fashion, utilizing 101 string instruments and an accordion in spots. The music tends to be highly complex with many notes and improvisations. The performance proceeds with an impression of high drama and ends abruptly after reaching another crescendo.
“Czardas” (or “Csardas”) is a popular Hungarian dance performed by the 101 String Orchestra. The dance proceeds at an alternating light and forceful pace, and a series of fairly difficult chords are played without slurring or jumbling the notes. It begins with a grand entrance, followed by music that is initially slow, generous and flowing in nature. The sound of “Czardas” proceeds softly with a crescendo of string instruments like the violin prominent. The presentation also has traces of the clarinet which is a relative of the tárogató.
Though “Czardas” is performed by an orchestra, the street rendition tends to involve the audience heavily in the music, dancing and merriment. Often, there is cheering and clapping during it. The level of complexity of the chords is very much like the “Flight of the Bumble Bee” in parts. The ending starts softly with much feeling or improvisation until the whole orchestra of 101 strings joins for a loud finish to end the piece.
Gypsy Campfires is a rare collection of traditional gypsy songs played with a considerable richness of sound. The gypsy music conjures up free spirits as they dance and roam into the darkness of the night.