With Mediterranea, Savina Yannatou and the ensemble Primavera en Salonico offer a daunting essay in the recuperation of traditional musics from one of the world's enduring cultural crossroads. Drawing upon the folk repertoires of Albania, Armenia, Corsica, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Provence, Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the Sephardic diaspora, Yannatou reveals herself as a singer of astounding range, superb vocal control and consummate musical scholarship. A painter, classically trained singer, and exponent of early, Renaissance and Baroque music, Sephardic song and avant-garde jazz, Yannatou sought out immigrants in her native Athens to coach her pronunciation in the 14 languages and dialects heard on the album. The exceptional instrumental work of Primavera en Salonico on nay (rim-blown flute), recorder, guitar, kanonaki (psaltery), lutes (oud, tamboura), violin, viola, double bass, and percussion (bendir, daoul, tambourine, toumbeleki) furthers the project's compelling beauty and pan-cultural depth of feeling.
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Real Audio: "Ballo Sardo" (traditional Sardinian folk song)
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