Voice of Greece

The Voice of Greece

by Nana Mouskouri
     
 
The overexposure of Nana Mouskouri the world over has obscured the genuine quality of some of her work, particularly in her earlier years. This 27-track, 79-minute U.K. compilation is a good place to start for English-speaking audiences interested in getting material from her formative recordings in bulk. Recorded entirely in Greece (and sung entirely in Greek)

Overview

The overexposure of Nana Mouskouri the world over has obscured the genuine quality of some of her work, particularly in her earlier years. This 27-track, 79-minute U.K. compilation is a good place to start for English-speaking audiences interested in getting material from her formative recordings in bulk. Recorded entirely in Greece (and sung entirely in Greek) between 1958 and 1960, it's an impressive and at times exhilarating survey of the era, as interesting for the songs and arrangements as for her singing. Her vocals are, to be sure, an important part of the music, drawing from her classical training but delivered with a measured, somewhat melancholy emotion. The material is wildly eclectic, yet in an understated and effective fashion, drawing from varying doses of classical, Greek folk, European pop, jazz, soundtrack music, and even bossa nova. For all the bittersweet sentimentality of many of the tunes, the arrangements are not bloated or overdone, imaginatively complementing the compositions' and vocalist's strengths. While only one of these ("Never on a Sunday," here titled "Ta Pedia Tou Pirea") might be familiar to global audiences, virtually everything is highly worthwhile and affecting. The liner notes, though containing a fair summary of Mouskouri's career, could have had more specific details about the tracks on this particular compilation. But as an anthology documenting her origins as a recording star, it's an excellent value.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
El Records
UPC:
5013929320536
catalogNumber:
2932053
Rank:
15156

Tracks

  1. Xypna Agapo Mou
  2. Ilissos
  3. Mia Sinnefia
  4. Erini
  5. Kanela Kaneloriza
  6. Ta Pedia Tou Pirea
  7. Mera Mayou
  8. To Tragoudi Tis Khalimas
  9. San Paramithi San Istoria
  10. Kontessa Konessina Mou
  11. I Vrochoula
  12. Mia Mera Akomi
  13. Ela Pare Mou Ti Lipi
  14. I Prodosia
  15. Kathe Trello Pedi
  16. To Fengari Ine Kokkino
  17. Xero Kapio Asteri
  18. Triantafilo Sto Stithos
  19. I Timoria
  20. O Imittos
  21. Hartino To Feggaraki
  22. Gia Sena Tin Agapi Mou
  23. O Karaghiozis
  24. Kapou Iparhi Agapi Mou
  25. Agapi Pou Ejines Dikopo Macheri
  26. Mazi Me Sena
  27. Glike Mou Esi Den Hathikes

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