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Ferenc Illenyi
Gypsy Dreams

  • Ando Beco
  • Tears
  • Boabdit, Bulerias
  • Gypsy Caprice
  • Indifference
  • Oblivion
  • Tortura
  • A Minor Swing
  • Gloomy Sunday
  • Birds of Santa Maria Novella
  • Sonata in F Minor K466

Produced by George Nauful and Erich Avinger

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  1. Tortura 5:15
  2. Boabdit, Bulerius 3:51
  3. Ando Beco 4:33
Ferenc Illenyi
A melody with a wicked glint that sets the pulses racing…a single note that captures and age of heartbreak and sorrow…Gypsy music is unmistakeable. The violin soars and dances, playful and inviting, then turns to a sweet, loving ache. It’s pure passion, and that is what Hungarian-born violinist Ferenc Illenyi (pronounced “Fair-ense”) mines on his album Gypsy Dream(Mesa/Bluemoon Records; Release: March 11, 2014). A first violinist in the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Illenyi is a lauded figure in the classical world. But on this recording, he delves into his past, to the music that lives inside his soul.

Quotes

This is especially a showcase for Ferenc, who has a beautiful sound and a classical-plus-improvisatory prowess. The music varies between Django favorites, Gypsy fusion and the old-style Gypsy sound.”  
—Gapplegate Music Review

“Friends of Hot Club jazz are going to have a field day on this quartet consisting of Ferenc Illenyi/v, Erich Avinger/g, Andrew Lienhard/p and Chris Maresh/b as they bring guests into and out of their gypsy caravan for a collection of swinging tunes.”
— Jazz Weekly

“Cutting an album of Gypsy jazz may not seem like the obvious choice for the concertmaster of the Houston Chamber Symphony and a distinguished member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. But to hear violinist Ferenc Illenyi tell it, the decision to eschew his classical repertoire to make Gypsy Dream (Mesa/Blue Moon) was a no brainer. “
—Strings Magazine

“A first violinist in the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Illenyi is a lauded figure in the classical world. But on this recording, he delves into his past, to the music that lives inside his soul.”
—Art and Culture Maven