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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.



Uzbekistan Farhod Qori Halimov, Classical Tadjik Songs
Shashmaqom trio improvisation from Uzbekistan, artful and serious: heartfelt singing and fine tanbur lute playing, set off by the accompaniment of dutor and rabob lutes, and doyra percussion.



Turkey Music From The Yayla
Ceremonial music from villages in south-west Turkey, featuring a range of saz lutes, violin, and sipsi (a small oboe).



Uzbekistan Monajat Yultchieva
Deeply moving singing from Ferghana in Central Asia classical, slow, suspenseful and meditative in a world of pain accompanied by lutes, chang (a psaltery), nay flute, dayera tambourine, and ghijak spike fiddle...



Aruna Sairam Padam, Singing Tanjore-Style
Ragas with intensely controlled and expressive singing from South India, in the uncommon, neglected Carnatic tradition.



Peru Julio Benavente Diaz, Charango And Songs From Cuzco
On a kind of miniature guitar, laminated, with steel strings wonderful, virtuosic performances of the poignant, melancholic music of the Campesinos and the Cholos of Peru.



Togo Kabiye Orchestras And Lithophones
Highly rhythmic ensembles of percussion, flutes, whistles and trumpets from the mountainous north of the country; and brilliant pichanchalassi playing, five flat stones struck with two oval stones.



Sweden Between Triol And Sextondel
Traditional Swedish polska by all sizes of violin-led ensembles of instruments like the nyckelharpa, cittra, harmonica, flute and guitar in triol and sextondel, triplets and semiquavers.



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.



Lalith Rao Raga Darbari Kanhada, Raga Desh
'One of the most prominent representatives of Agra-Atrauli gharana. She masters all of its specificities perfectly... touching fragility and deep emotion.' Long, fluid, scrupulously modulated, droning, ecstatic.



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.



Slovakia Folk Music
A lavish array, with scattered lines of descent (Gypsy, Jewish, Ukrainian, German and so on), from rootsy and robust to other-worldly. Pipes and drones (fujara), dulcimer, violin, polyphony from the heart of Europe...



Switzerland Musical Landscapes
Switzerland has four official languages and numerous dialects, and this mosaic of sounds is judiciously wide-ranging and open starring wonderful yodelling, alphorn, Jew's harp, zither and musette-style accordion.



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...



Sri Lanka Ritual And Religious Music
Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies recorded on the wing, in the thick of the action slowly rising vocal drones, a big-bellied oboe, double-headed drums, chanting Bhikku monks, phallic cults.