Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Incredibly Bad _ Think of it as a small frizbie.
rovergeorge | 07/07/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is a keeper and a finalist in the contest for mostest worsest drivel. (My superlatives fail me.) Any relationship to Greek music escaped me and obviously escaped the orchestra that sawed away at violins, beat tambourines and clacked castanets. The musicians(?)chose to remain anonymous for good reason. Actually they belong in the witness protection program."
Suggestions about Greek Music
Andreas | Athens, Greece | 07/22/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I believe the review posted before is very helpful. I'm a Greek and I love good music, so I may say I can have a word here. So, I'd like to warn you that - going through Amazon's list of Greek music - I see that most of it belongs to the "no name", or "tourist" or "souvenir from Greece" category, is not of decent quality and is not even representative...
If you're looking for good Greek music, representative of our good folk music, then you have to look for eponymous works, composed by Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Mimis Plessas etc or sung by Melina Merkouri, Grigoris Bithikotsis, George (Yorgos) Dalaras, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Haris Alexiou, Glykeria... Luckily, you can find good samples of those on Amazon.
There are many more good artists and styles, but I stick to what I believe will be familiar for a beginner, whose impression of Greek music comes only from Theodorakis's "Zorba" and Hatzidakis's "Never on Sunday". I guess you have also listened to "Misirlou" by Nikos Roubanis, a modernized version of which is the main theme in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
I also have to warn you about the great difference among various styles of Greek music, all of which may be called "folk". I think you'd like more the "laiki mousiki" or "laika tragoudia" (city folk music or songs - using the bouzouki) than the "demotiki mousiki" or "demotika tragoudia" (countryside music or songs - with no bouzouki but may be clarinet or violin or "lyra" traditional violin-like instrument).
I hope I helped a little."