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The taragot is a single-reed instrument from Hungary bridging the gap between clarinet and saxophone. The combination of this and other ‘secular’ instruments with the church organ might seem incongruous to some, but the result is a disc of traditional music from the Balkans that is both compelling and entertaining. The wild abandon of the gypsy style is delivered with innate conviction and provides a fascinating insight into music from this region. The choice of organ is ideal, at times giving the impression that a whole band is playing. If you want the novelty of an organ recording that will make you want to party and dance, then buy this.

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