GORALE - Melodies and Songs from the Polish Beksid Mountains
Language and music of the inhabitants of the far-away mountain
villages in the Polish Beskidy Mountains are quite special. The
górale (mountain dwellers) migrated from Rumania into Poland
at the end of the Middle Ages and have since lived in isolation,
keeping their traditions.
This CD contains music of these górale, performed by two
ensembles from the Silesian Beskids and an ensemble from the
Zywiec Beskids. Hardly any recordings exist of this music, which
is undeserved as the language, the peculiar scales, and the powerful style of singing and playing, make the
górale music very much worth listening to.
The three ensembles on this CD have stayed close to their roots. Although now and then their
ensemble playing sounds archaic, the songs are melodious and accessible.