After a long absence, i’m back with a new volume of the World Library, one of the best of the whole serie IMHO… Alan Lomax traveled and recorded in Italy in 1954 with the help of italian ethnomusicologist Diego Carpitella. They recorded extensively and in all parts of the country including some islands. Many of this recordings are available now on cd in the Alan Lomax collection published by Rounder Records. So this lp and the next one (volume 16 of the World Library is devoted to the music of southern Italy and the islands) are only a sample of a vast treasury… Like Spain, the traditional music of Italy is very diverse and is the meeting point of many influences from european and mediteranean traditions. Some of the music heard here is from very old and antique traditions, surviving in isolated rural aeras for centuries and ignoring the streams of fine art music of the Renaissance.
As always, don’t forget to read the fine liner notes by Lomax and Carpielli that explains in detail all the traditions represented in the lp.