Not much information can be found about Rumanian violinist Nicu Pătraşcu (but any information is more than welcome in the "comments" section!). He must have been active in the 60's and 70's in Bucharest. Nicolae Fieraru, the cymbalom player living in the US, says on his website that he played with Pătraşcu at the Caru' cu Bere restaurant in Bucharest. This recording is extracted from a 20-year old audio cassette with no further information. The sound quality is unfortunately not good at all. Pătraşcu deserves attention because of his robust and honest style which has certainly its roots in the local "lăutar" environment, supplemented with a solid classical violin education. While Pătraşcu was of course not the only violinist in this genre at that time, this is a good example of the Romanian style of playing Café-Concert music, with lots of folklore and "lăutareşte" elements: a wonderful musical tradition that also once included the great Grigoraş Dinicu. The band providing the accompaniment in this recording may include Toni Iordache, the famous cymbalom player, but this is by no means certain. The illustration used is the 1731 "Kreutzer" violin by Antonio Stradivari.