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RootsWorld depends on your support. Contribute in any amount and get our weekly e-newsletter. Various Artists Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music from Hatzikiriako - Unknown Artist - Sirtaki And Hassapiko Dust to Digital Kudos to Dust to Digital for its Greek Rhapsodyshowcasing 42 instrumental tracks of relatively rare recordings of mostly plucked instruments from the decades in the first half of the twentieth century.
Greek urban, rural and regional styles are represented and well described in the page hard cover book that holds two compact discs on the inside of its covers. This is what I want in a collection of vintage recordings. The love of the music by compiler and annotator Che Gelida Manina - Luciano Pavarotti - Tutto Pavarotti Klein gives us surprises that Hatzikiriako - Unknown Artist - Sirtaki And Hassapiko and afficionados long to discover and were never likely find them on our own.
Greek Rhapsody will show you that it was a deep well from which Theodorakis drew. It's fitting that anthologist Robert Atwan points out that the word anthology, "derives from the Greek antholegein, which literally means to gather legein flowers anthos. It really is a garland of instrumental music. I wish every anthology took Dust to Digital's approach. Whether original recordings or the remastered Hatzikiriako - Unknown Artist - Sirtaki And Hassapiko 78s we get here, an anthology is an opportunity to do and say something with and about the music that is too often skipped over.
Gone are the days of LP cover art and liner notes and I'll miss them forever. But going too too are the compact disc liner notes pushed to the extremes of fine print. The option for now seems to be that we either get our music without context or with notes that grow into Question - The Fixx - Phantoms beautiful page book to hold the music as in this beauty of a set.
Stamos Like the word anthology, rhapsody from the title also merits brief consideration. It derives from the classical Greek rhapsodos, Club Madness - Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) one who "stitches or strings songs together. I love drums, horns and fiddles but at the end of the day find myself a "picker," so this set is good to my ear. A number of tracks almost seem to anticipate bluegrass flatpicking by decades.
As immigrants move, so does their music, so quite a number of these tracks were recorded in studios in the United States.
Some of the performers remain unknown and uncredited, such as the musician who recorded "Kazapiko," a rare pre-microgroove track of the Greek barrel piano known as a laterna, from Istanbul. This is at the tail end of the Ottoman empire and is as close to an aural time capsule as you will find.
Solo Laterna - artist unknown Other tracks - like "Soultani Zeibekiko" a bouzouki and guitar duet - were recorded in the s, showing the chronological reach of the collection.
Untilwhen Greece broke from the Ottomans and proclaimed its nationhood, influences of the empire must have moved in all sorts of directions. Peristeris also picks guitar on "Keflidiko Minor" and "Boutzalio," recordings made in New York with musical sensibilities that surpass ethnic characterization. Sure, the modes are there, but there is a virtuosity that makes these ninety-year old tracks feel contemporary.
Like many of the tracks, I think of these as part of future movie scores. The time will come when T. Bone Burnett or someone like him is in need of the perfect music for a feature film and he will find it here. A nice bonus are the descriptions, photographs and track references to eighteen of the instruments you'll hear on the recordings.
A bouzouki is no surprise to find here and we expect it, but it's very cool to see the long-necked baglamas, harp guitar, and octave mandola featured. An essay on historical sound recordings and a section on their care are welcomed surprises.
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