Abruzzo

(
Rounder Records
)

Recorded in 1954 by Alan Lomax 
Notes by Goffredo Plastino, Adriana Gandolfi, and Domenico Di Virgilio

“Love begins with fine singing,” says a line from an Abruzzese song. From the mountainous region of independent people in South-Central Italy come these choral songs, holiday rites, incantations, funeral laments, ballads, and saltarellos that vividly evoke a vanishing rural life in which every activity was accompanied by song.

“A ‘must have’ CD for anyone interested in Italian singing… Excellent!” —Musical Traditions