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Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos treats us with ‘La Passion’

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Roby Lakatos & Ensemble: 'La Passion'


“La Passion” is a captivating and highly entertaining album of romantic tunes and classical fare recorded live at Sydney Opera House and played with panache by world-renowned Hungarian violinist, Roby Lakatos and his Roby Lakatos Ensemble. The varied list of tunes includes the to-be-expected Vittorio Monti “Csárdás” and Brahms “Hungarian Dance No. 5”, traditional folksongs, and several wild cards, including the Fats Waller “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” by Michel Legrand, and the ever-popular Rimsky-Korsakov favorite, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

Album and individual tracks are available from a number of online retailers, including and iTunes. Every one of the 21 tracks in this appropriately titled collection is an absolute gem, infused with energy, exuberance, gypsy soul and passion.

Descended from an historic lineage of famous gypsy violinists, Roby Lakatos studied classical violin at the prestigious Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. The virtuoso has appeared in clubs and concert settings world-wide, performing all genres of music alongside such notables as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Stéphane Grappelli.

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Photo: “Red Violin II” used courtesy of Loretta Alvarado. To see more music-themed fiber art by Alvarado, visit