Gypsy music - often called Romani music - is the music of the Roma or Romani people, originating in Northern India but now mostly based in Europe. Historically, gypsies are nomadic travellers, but they are now largely settled, geographically.
The words to their songs are often in the Romani language, and influences on their music can be detected from multiple forms, including Arabic, Byzantine, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Jewish, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Slavic, Spanish and Turkish music.
Famous gypsy musicians include Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt and gypsy violinist Alexandru Țitruș.
DVD Spotlight. Balm to the Soul - Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 7, savoured by Robert Anderson. 'Celibidache is in no hurry ...'
DVD Spotlight. Wonderfully Resourceful - Rossini's 'Il Turco in Italia', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'The orchestra under Antonello Allemandi seem to have relished the evening as much as I did.'
Ensemble. Uncurbed Impulses - Bizet's 'Carmen' at San Diego Opera, appreciated by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Better Late than Never - The BPSE Late Summer Festival, attended by Malcolm Troup
CD Spotlight. Exciting Listening - Mykola Suk plays Liszt, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... a mastery and range of expression ...'
Ensemble. Eminently Believable - Undercroft Opera's 'La Traviata', reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz
CD Spotlight. Finely Judged - Brahms and Schumann piano quartets, heard by Robert Anderson. 'This is music-making both sensitive and relaxed.'
Linear Clarity - Julian Jacobson's Wigmore Hall recital impresses Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Special Praise - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Kentish Opera, enjoyed by Pippa Hare
Masks - Jennifer Paull continues her investigation of musical and theatrical masks
Masks - Jennifer Paull investigates a layering of musical and theatrical masks, with the omnipresent eerie reminder of the gas mask
Ensemble. Colourful and Large Scale - Francesca Zamballo's production of 'Carmen', reviewed by Robert Hugill
Profile. Important Skills - Maria Nockin talks to American mezzo Dolora Zajick
Ensemble. A Bombshell - Carmen at the movies, by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. A Sizzling Rendition - 'Carmen' from Phoenix Opera impresses Maria Nockin
Ensemble. An Immensely Successful Event - Thomas Bielinski reports from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2009
DVD Spotlight. Beyond Beauty - A film about Sergiu Celibidache, seen by Ioana Osoianu. 'There are no compromises.'
Ensemble. Student Life and Love - Puccini's 'La bohème' from Kentish Opera, enjoyed by Pippa Hare
Record Box. Wonderfully Auspicious - Haydn from the Florestan Trio, reviewed by Robert Anderson
Old and New Worlds - Ioana Osoianu talks to Keith Bramich about her life in the East and West
CD Spotlight. Exquisite quality - Music played by the Kandinsky Trio, recommended by Patric Standford. '... one of the most attractive chamber music recordings ...'