Album: Ivo Papasov, Dance of the Falcon (World Village)
Sunday 10 August 2008
When this Turkish-speaking Gypsy from Bulgaria was declared the surprise winner of a Radio 3 World Music award two years ago, he handed it back, picked up his clarinet and stunned the auditorium with five minutes of solo pyrotechnics.
Ivo Papasov has had to develop a usefully thick skin towards prejudice, but his super-refined art is his best defence: here we get those pyrotechnics with his band back home, in a wonderful collection of wedding dances: his sound is sweet and perfectly modulated, and the backing is muted enough to let it blossom.
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