Editors’ Notes Spanning from 1907 through the height of the Cold War, these splendidly remastered recordings of Greek folk music suggest the timeless continuity of Balkan traditions. Many of these sounds are clearly those of a world now vanished, with the oldest cut here, a stark ballad entitled “Golfo,” performed by an unknown villager on the floghera (a bamboo flute popular with Greek shepherds). Yet one can also hear the modern world approaching, with hints of klezmer in Christos Baniakas’ fast-paced “Eseis Padia Vlahopoila” and Dixieland flavor in the positively swinging “Enas Aetos-Tsamiko.”

SONG
Kalamatianos (Dance of Kalamata)
1
3:18
 
Sousta Rethymniotiki (Sousta Dance of Rethymno)
2
3:21
 
Giati Ine Mavra Ta Vouna (Why the Mountains Are Black)
3
4:35
 
Ousak Tsiftelli (Tsiftelli Rhythm Dance in Ousak Mode)
4
3:16
 
Enas Aetos (An Eagle)
5
3:10
 
Mirologi-Epirotiko Makedoniko (An Epirotic-Macedonian Lament)
6
3:15
 
Makedoniko Hasapiko (Hasapikos Dance of Macedonia)
7
3:11
 
Selfos (Nightingale)
8
2:53
 
Enas Aetos-Tsamiko (An Eagle Dance)
9
4:12
 
E Triantafylllia (The Rose Tree)
10
3:53
 
Pera Ston Pera Maxala (Over to the Other Neighborhood)
11
3:20
 
Syrtos Haniotikos (Syrtos Dance from Hania)
12
3:21
 
Syrtos Politikos (Dance from Constantinople)
13
3:52
 
Kalymnikos Issos (Dance from Kalymnos)
14
3:14
 
Arvanitiko O Aetos (An Eagle Arvanitiko Style)
1
3:15
 
Svarniara (Reckless Woman)
2
3:16
 
Kalamatianos (Dance of Kalamata)
3
3:03
 
Platanos (Plane Tree)
4
3:21
 
Golfo (A Ballad)
5
3:22
 
Patinada Tis Nifis (Wedding Dance)
6
3:18
 
Pousteno, Boufiou (Loose Dance)
7
3:21
 
Karagouna, Gianniotiko (Karagouna Dance, Loannina-Style)
8
2:54
 
Kotta Mou (My Chicken)
9
4:10
 
Syrtos Politikos (Dance from Constantinople)
10
3:19
 
Eseis Padia Vlahopoila (You Young Vlach Children)
11
3:10
 
Kritiki Sousta (Fast Dance from Crete)
12
3:07
 
Tzarama (Shepherd Flute Song)
13
3:25
 
Kalymniki Sousta (Dance from Kalymnos)
14
3:35