Choral Sensation from Croatia


Preveliku Radost Navišćujem Vama (Aquarius Records CD-1803, 2003)

Lado Electro (Aquarius
Records CD27-03, 2003)

Lado is the phenomenal Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia. The two CDs featured here are
remarkably different. Preveliku Radost Navišćujem Vam is a traditional a
cappella choral work. It’s a Winter album with seasonal songs and Christmas carols from various parts of
Croatia: Zadar, Bol (Brač island), Vinišće (Trogir), Stari Grad (Hvar island),
and Murter. Lado Electro, on the other hand, is a collaboration between Lado and HR Electro, a group
formed by electronic music wizards Crnić Boxer and Boris Harfman Hari. The
result is choral music with electronic beats. Although not all of these
type of fusions
work, in this case the electronics and vocals are weaved in a captivating way.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.