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Songs Of Thessaloniki

Savina Yannatou, Primavera en Salonico

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1
Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
2:24
2
A la scola del Allianza
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
2:15
3
Tin Patrida Mou Ehasa
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
5:45
4
Dimo is Solun hodeshe
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
5:19
5
La cantiga del fuego
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:13
6
Una muchacha en Selanica
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:20
7
Iptidadan yol sorarsan
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
5:36
8
Qele qele
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
3:18
9
Çalin Davullari
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
5:23
10
To yelekaki
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
3:59
11
Salonika
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
2:58
12
Inchu Bingyole Mdar?
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
1:59
13
Jelena Solun Devojko
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:19
14
Yedi Kule
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:45
15
Poulakin eiha se klouvi
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:15
16
Pismo dojde od Soluna grada
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
4:32
17
Apolitikion Agiou Dimitriou
Savina Yannatou; Primavera en Salonico
2:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:42
"Yannatou has the perfectly natural, unaffected singing voice of the best folk singers, an instrument devoted to telling the stories in the songs ... Primavera en Salonico has a huge range of atmospheres at its disposal ... do get hold of this album which is brimming with riches ... life-affirming and celebratory music ..."
- TheJazzBreakfast.com

Songs Of Thessaloniki from Greek singer Savina Yannatou is a dazzling evocation of her band’s hometown, plunging deep into its rich and complex history. Once known colloquially as the Jerusalem of the Balkans, Thessaloniki has been home to a host of cultures, religions and ethnic communities. Greeks, Jews, Turks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenians, Slav-Macedonians and Pontiac Greeks have shared the city’s diverse life. Yannatou gives all of them a voice, even casting an Irish song about Salonika into this multilingual programme on which she shines as a unique interpreter and spokesperson for the city’s ghosts. She is accompanied by Primavera en Salonico, one of the most resourceful bands of any idiom, as they negotiate the inspired and very varied arrangements of Kostas Vomvolos.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded February 2014 Sierra Studios, Athens
Engineers: Yiorgos Kariotis, Yannis Paxevanis
Photos of Thessaloniki: bpk | Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN_GP | Opérateur K (cover, p. 25), Joseph Pigassou (pp. 2, 26, 28), private collection (p. 18)
Photos by Joseph Pigassou reproduced by kind permission of Bernard Maurice.
Liner photos: Fotini Potamia
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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