Dagmar Andrtová-Vonková

Milí Moji

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Milí Moji is a double-CD set culling almost everything the Czech folk singer Dagmar Andrtová-Vonková has released between 1976 and 1995, plus a few tracks previously unheard. This set basically consists of the LPs Dagmar Andrtová-Vonková (1986) and Zivá Voda (1989), each on its own CD, each presented with approximately 37 minutes of extra material, for a total of 155 minutes of music -- Andtrová-Vonková's male counterpart Vladimír Veit enjoyed similar treatment from the label Indies in the double reissue of his LPs Quo Vadis & Ve Lví Stope. With her low Joan Baez-like voice (although in later years it mostly evokes Quebec singer Terez Montcalm) paired to a typically Eastern European sense of feeling and drama, plus a phenomenal guitar technique, Andtrová-Vonková is something to behold. In almost all of the 34 tracks presented here, she sings and plays solo, which is more than enough to enrapture the listener who won't mind not understanding her Czech lyrics. The melodies, the evocative voice, and the guitar mastery are enough to please Czech-deaf fans. Her strumming is devastating, her three-voice fingering impressive, and her use of extended techniques downright unusual in a folk setting. She is heard using a bow and guitar preparations more often found in Derek Bailey's improvisations than on a folk record. Highlights are numerous, from the beautiful "Lipecka," "Chlapci na tom Horním Konci," and "Skála" from her 1986 eponymous LP (the latter piece featuring her bowing technique) to "Bricho," "Skocila Panenka z Veze," and "Zlatá Brána" from her much more experimental (and instrumental) 1989 album. The bonus tracks are culled from a number of singles and EPs, ranging from the 1976 single recording of "Chlapci na tom Horním Konci" to the 1995 compilation track "Sokolníkova Dcera," by way of leftovers from the 1986 sessions. Disc two also adds seven tracks previously unreleased, mostly live performances from 1980, 1984, and 1994. Milí Moji is a treasure chest for fans of superior international folk song.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:27
2
4:07
3
5:30
4
3:32
5
6:39
6
6:25
7
5:24
8
2:21
9
3:05
10
2:30
11
3:41
12
3:06
13
5:01
14
4:42
15
4:27
16
6:13
17
4:24
18
4:51
19
7:27
20
5:46
21
1:42
22
8:23
23
8:11
24
3:57
25
4:33
26
4:03
27
3:41
28
3:23
29
2:26
30
1:52
31
4:26
32
3:55
33
3:24
34
5:25
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