Avsenik Brothers Ensemble

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Avsenik Brothers Ensemble
Ansambel Bratov Avsenik - Odmev S Triglava.jpg
Background information
Origin Begunje na Gorenjskem, PR Slovenia
Genres Oberkrain ethnic, polka, waltz, volksmusic
Years active 1953–1990
Labels Telefunken, Teldec, Jugoton, Helidon
Associated acts Sašo Avsenik Ensemble, Gašperji
Website avsenik.com
Past members Slavko Avsenik
Vilko Ovsenik
Lev Ponikvar
Franc Košir
Albin Rudan
Mik Soss
Franc Koren
Danica Filiplič
Ema Prodnik
Jožica Svete
Alfi Nipič
Joži Kališnik
Jože Balažic
Franci Teržan
Franci Ogrizek
Borut Finžgar
Mitja Butara
Igor Podpečan

Avsenik Brothers Ensemble (Slovene: Ansambel bratov Avsenik) (German: Slavko Avsenik und seine Original Oberkrainer) were a Slovene Oberkrainer music band formed by the brothers Slavko Avsenik and Vilko Avsenik in 1953 in Begunje na Gorenjskem. The music for their repertoire of about 1000 songs was all written by Slavko and arranged by Vilko, an academic composer. Lyrics for their songs were written by Marjan Stare, Ferry Souvan, Ivan Sivec, Franc Košir, Tone Fornezzi, Vinko Šimek and others.

The band changed the name several times. They started as a trio, then formed a quartet and finally formed a quintet with two or three singers. They were and remain particularly popular in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Slovene diaspora over the world. The band invented the Oberkrainer music, a new music genre of volksmusik and sold over 32 million records, which makes them the best selling Slovene music artists ever. They performed over 10,000 concerts all over the world, three times in the Berlin Philharmonic. Their biggest hit Na Golici (Trompeten-Echo), written by Slavko Avsenik and released in 1955, is the most played instrumental piece of music in history.[1] The band disbanded in 1990 due to Slavko's problems with his spine.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Year German English
"Na Golici" 1955 Trompeten-Echo On Golica
"Na Robleku" 1957 Na Robleku On Roblek
"Tam, kjer murke cveto" Tam, kjer murke cveto Where the European Orchids Flower
"Na mostu" Na mostu On the Bridge
"Prelepa Gorenjska" 1959 Das schöne Land Krain Beautiful Upper Carniola
"Pastirček" 1963 Hirtenlied The Little Shepherd
"Mi se 'mamo radi" 1965 Mi se 'mamo radi We Love Each Other
"E e k' je luštno" 1966 Ja, Ja, Das Ist Lustig Yes, Yes, it is fun
"Otoček sredi jezera" 1968 Small Island in the Middle of the Lake
"Na avtocesti" 1970 Auf der Autobahn On the Highway
"Prijatelji, ostanimo prijatelji" 1973 Freunde Wir Bleiben Freunde Friends, Let's Stay Friends
"Slovenija, odkod lepote tvoje" 1974 Slowenien, Du Mein Heimatland Slovenia, Where Your Beauties Come From
"Planica, Planica" 1979 Planica, Planica Planica, Planica
"Pod cvetočimi kostanji" 1980 Unter Blühenden Kastanien Under the Flowering Chestnuts
"Samo enkrat imaš 50 let" 1981 You're 50 Only Once
"Prav fletno se imamo" 1984 We're Really Groovy
"Vse moje misli so pri tebi" 1986 All My Thoughts Are With You
"Lepo je biti muzikant" Es ist so schön ein Musikant zu sein It's Nice to be a Musician
"Slovenski pozdravi" The Slovene Greetings
"Veter nosi pesem mojo" The Wind carries my Song
"Vlak drvi" Die kleine Eisenbahn Train is speeding

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival Honours 60 Years of Avsenik Brothers Music". The Slovenia Times. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015.

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