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released: 1985
Voice: Savina Giannatou
All songs arranged and conducted by Nikos Kypourgos
  • 01. Slumber that puttest the little ones to sleep (3:21)
    Originating from the isle of Thassos
  • 02. Tiki-Tiki-Tiki (2:36)
    Originating from Southern Italy
  • 03. Hush-a-bye the regents child (2:20)
    Originating from the isle of Carpathos
  • 04. The rising sun is all ablaze (1:51)
    Originating from Smyrna
  • 05. Slumber that puttest the little ones to sleep (3:22)
    Music: Dimitris Semsis
  • 06. Hush-a-bye the regents child (2:00)
    Music: Manos Hadjidakis,
    Lyrics: Nikos Ghatsos
  • 07. Go to sleep my little angel (3:40)
    Music: Mikis Theodorakis,
    Lyrics:Kostas Virvos
  • 08. Go to bye-byes my sweet-smelling carnation (3:27)
    Music: Manos Hadjidakis,
    Lyrics:Nikos Ghatsos
  • 09. Slumber, draw nigh (1:09)
    Originating from the isle of Chios
  • 10. Go to sleep my little girlie (2:16)
    Originating from Smyrna
  • 11. Slumber take my little child (2:13)
    Originating from the isle of Crete
  • 12. My Lily is fast asleep (2:20)
    Originating from the isle Astypalea
  • 13. Slumber, put my little one to sleep (1:18)
    Originating from Peloponnese
  • 14. Slumber, take my baby sweet (4:57)
    Originating from the isle of Mytilene
  • 15. Lullaby (2:52)
    Music: Yorgos Kouroupos,
    Lyrics: Andreas Angelakis

The actual idea for the album compilation of lullabies was begotten along with my daughter in the early 1985. Some reservations I had in the beginning concerning the recurrent, somewhat monotonous pattern of their music and lyrics, were dispelled as soon as I brought together the first songs. I also came to realize that lullabies -almost totally consigned to oblivion today- can actually touch and appeal to grown-ups just as much as children. Most of these traditional songs I compiled have been preserved on score: I did not have any recorded material at my disposal and this actually provided an alibi to treat the songs more freely. I traced some very important material at the Archives of the Bourgault -Ducoudray Academy, the compilations of Baud-Bovy and Pernot as well as at Merlier’s archives thanks to the kind assistance of musicologist Marcos Dragoumis. As far as the rest of the songs are concerned, Petros Perrakis did a bit of a research and sent me over the lullaby from Crete, whereas the one originating from the Peloponnese was sung to me by Yannis Tsiamoulis. The lullabies from Southern Italy I took from an LP entitled “ The Greek Music Tradition of Southern Italy”, whilst the one originating from the isle of Thassos, “Slumber that puttest the little ones to sleep”, was traced in an album of Rosa Escenazi. I also thought it would be a good idea to incorporate to the present release all four lullabies composed by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Yorgos Kouroupos. My main concern was that the adaptation and arrangement of the songs be plain and austere but also multi-coloured. Despite some quite bold alterations made, I do hope that the true spirit of these songs has been captured.

In this album, by some fluke of chance I had the opportunity to join forces with three magnificent musicians. And I use the word “chance” because I probably wouldn’t have met Christos Tsiamoulis hadn’t our daughters been born together, a month before the recording. Nor would have I met Yannis Kaimakis had he not visited Lyra Record company in Athens back then, carrying with him a little suitcase full of strange musical instruments, rather resembling to a wandering music-player from yesteryear!

Dimitris Zouboulis, whom I had also met a few days before the recording, came to complement our little ensemble, the existence of which was not at all accidental in the studio.

Savina Yannatou interpreted most of the songs at the same time these were performed live by the musicians in the studio, in my own initiative - such a thing is unfortunately no common practice any more.

Throughout the recording sessions, Savina’s rendition kept on amazing me more as she revealed and drew out of each song its own, distinctive character.

There it is then: Eastern and Western music culture can actually merge in harmonious co-existence, without engaging in any sort of vain confrontations or rejecting each other’s standing.

Nikos Kypourgos, March 1985


Here’s another significant greek album. The fact that the creator’s inspiration came from his daughter’s birth doesn’t matter.
A great choice and great use of the folklore instruments.(doesn’t bring to mind Simon Karra-hope we’re forgiven by this well-known and glorified artist of traditional music) Mainly revealing songs which bring to mind a young mother, an older sister, not at all the heroine of revolution, with expertise in folklore.
“The Lullabies” is really a generous gift of music health within the noise pollution of today’s sounds. It will remain in history as an album of value and uniqueness for its beauty, talent and taste.
Congratulations to the contributors !

Manos Hadjidakis, The Tetarto, July 1985

A totally balanced album, a guitar soundtrack by three creators who stand out for their clarity.

The Vima, June 10, 2001

When the singers’ musical nature meets the sensitivity of the composers, then the result is without doubt brilliant. It takes the listener to imaginative worlds. The great effefctiveness of the melodies in combination with the nostalgic mood, simply dominate the work. Definately priceless !

K. Tiliakos, HiTech

This album comes to open hearts in exquisite techniques. For the first time, three Greek creators write pieces for the guitar, choosing a dreamy narration.

High Lights, September 2001

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