The album contains a collection of instrumental folkloric songs from all historic regions of Romania. Travelling from the energy and joyfulness of the hora to the sublime emotions of the doina, Nechifor tries to synthesize in this album the essence of the sound of Romanian panflute.
Gheorghe Zamfir wrote about Esenţă de Nai : « Radu Nechifor's technique and interpretation on this disk are impeccable. The sound, tone are clear, warm, powerful, the staccati precise, the nouances beyond reproach. »
The following have played on this album beside Radu Nechifor: Costel Pandelescu (cimbalom), Nichita Constantin (string bass), Daniel Prodan (braci), Virgil Iancu (accordion), Vasile Alexandru (clarinet), Pancirel Constandache (trumpet), Adrian Belu (violin), Lucian Stoica (violin), Cornel Turcitu (violin), Marian Alexandru (conductor and violin).