About Explorer Series: Europe
The Nonesuch Explorer series is “the series that introduced countless listeners to music from afar," says the New York Times, "opening up the delights of world music by mingling the scholarly and the sensuous ... The albums, recorded from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, have held up magnificently.”
While much of what is released today as “world music” reflects the influence of many cultures, most of the recordings in the Explorer Series offer a musical window to a specific community at a specific point in time, without the strong imprint of Western society or pop music. These recordings have served as source material for much experimental and world music today, and the series itself continues to stand on its own as a unique document of musical culture.
February 1, 1995
Recorded in 1968 at Smotra Folklora, an annual international folklore festival, this album features folk songs and dances performed by Croatian villagers. The music presented here is mainly that of another time—not of modern, industrialized, and war-torn Yugoslavia, but of a slower paced, self-contained agricultural society that has since disappeared.