These are all popular songs from the island of Chios (just off the coast of Turkey), famous for its mastic production. They mix the entirely flippant Tout gai! with the deeply profound Là-bas, vers l’église, and move from the last serenade of a groom on his wedding day (‘Réveille-toi’) and the excitement of a dashing gallant, with no lack of self-confidence to the awed adulation of beauty (‘Ô joie de mon âme’).
from notes by Alison Nicholls © 2008
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