Tudor Gheorghe

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Tudor Gheorghe
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Tudor Gheorghe in 2008, at Sala Palatului in Bucharest
Background information
Birth name Gheorghe Tudor
Born (1945-08-01) August 1, 1945 (age 69)
Podari, Romania
Genres Folk, Romanian peasant music, Romanian popular music, lăutărească, spoken word, classical
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, poet
Instruments Vocals, guitar, cobza
Years active 1967–present
Labels Electrecord, Illuminati, Cat Music
Associated acts Marin Sorescu, Nichita Stănescu, Adrian Păunescu, Romulus Vulpescu, Mircea Micu, Marius Hristescu

Tudor Gheorghe (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtudor ˈɡe̯orɡe]; born August 1, 1945) is a Romanian musician, actor, and poet known primarily for his politically charged musical career and his collaborations with well-known figures of late 20th-century Romanian poetry. Tudor's recording work is often associated with anti communist activism and has received much critical acclaim during the years. The son of an Iron Guard member, he was banned from performing and recording in 1981 by communist authorities after using Ion Luca Caragiale's poetry as a fig leaf for criticizing Nicolae Ceaușescu's regime in a series of concerts.[1][2][3]

Tudor started out as an actor, graduating from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest in 1966 and later started composing music as a means of expressing his interest in Romanian poetry. His first concert in 1969 was critically and commercially acclaimed and established him as a figure of the fledgling contemporary folk scene in Romania.[4] His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many traditions in Romanian music, from folk, religious music, the anti-communist anthems of Jean Moscopol to popular music of interwar Romania, at times embracing even children's or classical music.[5][6] For most of his career, he has performed with a guitar or cobza with no backing musicians or vocalists but, starting in the early 2000s, he has incorporated orchestras, choirs, and tarafs into his performances. He returned to the stage in 1992 but, dissatisfied with the way promoters wanted to market his music, took another six year break from performing live. He has been touring constantly since 1998 and has recorded most of his concerts, releasing them as albums and generally avoiding studio work.[7][8]

Throughout his career, Tudor Gheorghe has been praised as a performer and songwriter by a number of Romanian literary figures. The poet and playwright Marin Sorescu addressed his personal relationship with Tudor in 1988 by saying that "Every time I listen to his music...Tudor Gheorghe reinforces my hunch that Romanian poetry... can move mountains", while Adrian Păunescu described him as "a great poet who negletcs his talent".[9][10] The University of Craiova and the Constantin Brâncuși University of Târgu Jiu have awarded him doctor honoris causa titles for his contributions to Romanian music and culture and both Romania and the Republic of Moldova have decorated him with the Order of the Star of Romania and The Republic's Order, respectively.[11][12][13][14][15]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1973 Viața Lumii Electrecord
1975 Cîntece De Dragoste, De Țară Electrecord
1976 Veniți, Privighetoarea Cîntă Electrecord
1978 Tudor Gheorghe Electrecord
1989 Primăvara Electrecord

Starting in the late 90s, Tudor Gheorghe has performed almost exclusively in live concerts, recording and releasing them as albums.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1998 Reîntoarcerea Illuminati/Cat Music
2000 Mie-mi Pasă! Illuminati/Cat Music
2001 Primăvara Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2001 Toamna Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2002 Petrecerea cu Taraf Illuminati/Cat Music
2002 Pe-un Franc Poet Illuminati/Cat Music
2003 Iarna Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2004 Diligența cu Păpusi Illuminati/Cat Music
2005 Răsuri și Trandafiri Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Trimite Vorbă - Petrecerea cu Taraf 2 Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Cu Iisus în Celulă Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 În Căutarea Dorului Pierdut Illuminati/Cat Music
2006 Vara Simfonic Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Calvarul Unei Inime Pribegi Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Cand Dumnezeu Era Mai Jos - Petrecerea cu Taraf 3 Illuminati/Cat Music
2007 Parfumele Nebunelor Dorinți Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Degeaba Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Mahalaua Mon Amour Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 La Margine de Imperii Illuminati/Cat Music
2013 Chemarea Păsarii de Acasă Illuminati/Cat Music


  1. ^ http://jurnalul.ro/special-jurnalul/pe-un-franc-poet-caragiale-talmacit-de-tudor-gheorghe-521897.html
  2. ^ http://www.antena3.ro/romania/tudor-gheorghe-despre-textul-fara-farafaslacuri-al-lui-caragiale-185879.html
  3. ^ Todorova, Maria; Gille, Zsuzsa (2010-06-01). Post-Communist Nostalgia. Berghahn Books. pp. 167–. ISBN 978-1-84545-671-9. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ http://metropotam.ro/La-zi/Interviu-Tudor-Gheorghe-Cei-ce-canta-n-apuca-sa-njure-art8019864216/
  5. ^ http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-cultura-2086283-tudor-gheorghe-nu-fugit-sua-pentru-mama-durea-picior.htm
  6. ^ http://old.qmagazine.ro/caleidoscop/caleidoscop-cultura/tudor-gheorghe-%E2%80%9Eau-facut-copiii-nostri-dinti-musca-din-bunici-si-din-parinti%E2%80%9D/
  7. ^ http://www.zi-de-zi.ro/marius-hristescu-oaspetele-filarmonicii
  8. ^ http://www.basarabeni.ro/stiri/cultura/eu-sunt-cobzarul-generatiilor--1053/
  9. ^ http://www.mediafax.ro/cultura-media/tudor-gheorghe-incepe-turneul-ce-am-avut-si-ce-am-pierdut-la-craiova-10487541
  10. ^ http://www.libertatea.ro/detalii/articol/interviu-exclusiv-tudor-gheorghe-dracu-vedeta-fetele-capatos-466874.html
  11. ^ http://www.gandul.info/magazin/video-tudor-gheorghe-implineste-joi-68-de-ani-11190408
  12. ^ http://www.gandul.info/stiri/tudor-gheorghe-a-primit-titlul-de-doctor-honoris-causa-al-universitatii-din-craiova-9106886
  13. ^ http://adevarul.ro/locale/targu-jiu/tudor-gheorghe-doctor-honoris-causa-universitatii-constantin-brancusi-1_536a9a8a0d133766a8735a13/index.html
  14. ^ http://www.antena3.ro/timp-liber/cultura/tudor-gheorghe-a-devenit-doctor-honoris-causa-al-universitatii-din-craiova-149517.html
  15. ^ http://www.moldova.org/tudor-gheorghe-decorat-cu-cea-mai-inalta-distinctie-214133-rom/