Various Artists


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Greece has spawned a huge variety of rich musical expression, making the term "Greek music" (like African, Asian, or American music) an almost useless generalization. This Greek import disc graciously leads the listener into a rewarding in-depth examination of many traditional musics heard in Greece, still presenting only a fraction of the multitude of regional and historical styles. The respected scholar Alain Danielou has assembled 14 top-quality selections recorded in seven isolated areas where the native traditions have been preserved more-or-less intact. Follow him to Epirus, Macedonia, the Peloponnese, Thrace, the island of Crete, and farther east into present-day Turkey, in search of some of the most distinctive instrumental work and plaintive singing heard anywhere in the Mediterranean. These are good recordings, and the notes, though not long-winded, are extremely informative.