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Germany Music From Bavaria
From King's Lake to the Lake of Constance yodels and three-part mountain songs; zither, accordion, clarinet, dulcimer, harp, ocarina...



Greece Great Octotonal Chant To The Virgin
The Theodore Vassilikos Ensemble powerfully performing Petros Bereketis extended variations on eight modes the most important composer of the golden age of Byzantine music, an eastward Bach.



Greece Traditional Songs
Stirring, beautiful historical recordings of paralogues deep, traditional melodies drawn from folklore, everyday life and classical mythology: solo voice, or choral, or with clarinet, ud, lyre, violins.




Guadeloupe The Quadrille Tradition
Creole, accordion-led quadrilles derived from 19th-century French high society. Sweetly melodious, highly rhythmic, Caribbeanized with a deep African twist. Tanboudbass drum, siyak guitar, triangle, chacha shaker.



Honduras Wabaruagun Ensemble, Songs Of The Black Caribs
Possession and funeral songs and drumming, full of Africa, but sustaining its Indian Carib roots.



Hungary Folk Music
Following in the footsteps of Bela Bartok across Transdanubia, the Highlands, the Great Plain: marvellous recordings over thirty years of hurdy-gurdy, cymbalum, shepherd's pipe, bagpipe, popular song.



Huong Thanh Cai Luong Music
This is great. Traditional and theatre music from Vietnam, the celebrated singer mazily leading dan tranh zither, dan bau monochord, sao flute, dan kim lute, dan co fiddle and trong percussion.



Indonesia Madura, Art Music
The gamelan component of topeng dalang classical drama, played trenchantly and bewitchingly by farmers from this island in the Indonesian archipelago (one of three and a half thousand).



Italy Sicily: Folk Music
Work songs, music and songs about everyday life, or the calendar, or perhaps to run alongside ritual feasts, with guitar, mandolin, accordion, guimbarde, tambourine, bagpipe and reed flute.



Italy Traditional Music
1950s recordings, mostly vocal, with wide range and variety Alpine choral polyphony, poetic improvisation from Central Italy, funeral laments from the South, Sicilian songs to cure tarantula bites...



Ivory Coast Dan Masks
For each mask a song, wearers transforming their voice into a supernatural being's distorting it, or speaking into an instrument, or secretly substituting an instrument. With rattles, bells, drums.



Japan Teruhisa Fukuda, Shakuhachi
Six deeply spiritual pieces from the Kinko School, developed in eighteenth century Japan by wandering zen monks for whom this flute music was a pathway to enlightenment.



Japan Kineya Ensemble, Nagauta
Musical accompaniments to kabuki theatre, by this pre-eminent Japanese chamber orchestra, with voice, shamisen lutes, fue flute, and kotsuzumi, otsuzumi and taiko drums.



Japan Okinawa: Classical and Courtly Songs of the Ryukyu
With accompaniment on the sanshin lute a lovely, melodic blend of Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian styles characteristic of the Okinawa archipelago (formerly the independent kingdom of Ryukyu).