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Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales D'Albanie
Famille Lela De Permet
Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales D'Albanie
Genre: World Music
 
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Recorded in June 1991, this music could easily have been recorded even decades earlier, so untouched is the sound. The Lela family of Permet, Albania, is a potent ensemble of demanding voices joined by a band of clarinets,...  more »

      
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All Artists: Famille Lela De Permet
Title: Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales D'Albanie
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Indigo (Fra)
Release Date: 9/24/1996
Genre: World Music
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 314902505076, 723722541025

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Recorded in June 1991, this music could easily have been recorded even decades earlier, so untouched is the sound. The Lela family of Permet, Albania, is a potent ensemble of demanding voices joined by a band of clarinets, accordion, guitar, percussion, and violin. Most of the music is painfully sad, slowly building and winding around voices that could break hearts. The polyphonic singing is similar to Bulgarian and other types of music from the Balkan peninsula, but this is not of the mystère choir style. This is gritty, earthy music that pulls at the gut, sinewy music that has a peculiar, improvisational cadence all its own. There isn't much to be heard from contemporary Albania on CD, but even if there were, this disc would be top-ranked. --Louis Gibson
 

CD Reviews

Startling
10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This amazing CD of music from the town of Permet in southern Albania may be one of the more obscure titles in my collection, but it certainly does deserve to be heard. This one is a must for world music fans, and anyone else who yearns for music that, as others have said, will nourish your soul."
Rare and authentic
07/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another heart shattering musical beauty from the land called Albania. The purity of the music and its hypnotizing polyphonic sound unheard of anywhere in the world. One doesn't have to know the language to enjoy this beautiful music of the soul."
Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales D'Albanie
11/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The music was sad and eerily sensual; The kind of music that motivates the spirit!"