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Istanbul - Dimitrie Cantemir

Audio Samples

>Hespèrion XXI : Taksim, improvisation
>Anonymous : Der makam 'Uzzal usules Devr-i kebir 'Buyuk Devr'
>Traditional, Sephardic : Los Paxaricos, for ensemble
>Güngör, Hakan : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Kantemiroglu : Der makam 'Muhayyer usules Muhammes', for ensemble
>Traditional, American : Chant et Danse, for 2 duduks & percussion
>Tockan, Yurdal : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Baba Mest : Der makam Huseyni Sema'i, for ensemble
>Traditional, Sephardic : El amor yo no savia, for ensemble
>Turkan, Derya : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous : Der makam Suri Sema'i, for ensemble
>Anonymous, Barde Ashot : Lamento
>     Ene Sarére, for 2 duduks
>Traditional, Sephardic : Madre de la gracia, for ensemble
>Hespèrion XXI : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Edirne'li Ahmed : Der makam 'usules Cenber'
>Anonymous, Barde Sayat Nova : Taksim & Makam 'Esmkhetiet-Yis kou ghimeten-Tchim guichi'
>Anonymous, Ali H'ace (Ali Hoca) : Der makam 'Uzzal usules Berevsan', for ensemble
>Traditional, Sephardic : Venturozo Mancevo, for ensemble
>Anonymous : Der makam 'Huseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza', for ensemble

Album Summary

>Hespèrion XXI : Taksim, improvisation
>Anonymous : Der makam 'Uzzal usules Devr-i kebir 'Buyuk Devr'
>Traditional, Sephardic : Los Paxaricos, for ensemble
>Güngör, Hakan : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Kantemiroglu : Der makam 'Muhayyer usules Muhammes', for ensemble
>Traditional, American : Chant et Danse, for 2 duduks & percussion
>Tockan, Yurdal : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Baba Mest : Der makam Huseyni Sema'i, for ensemble
>Traditional, Sephardic : El amor yo no savia, for ensemble
>Turkan, Derya : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous : Der makam Suri Sema'i, for ensemble
>Anonymous, Barde Ashot : Lamento
>Traditional, Sephardic : Madre de la gracia, for ensemble
>Hespèrion XXI : Taksim, Improvisation
>Anonymous, Edirne'li Ahmed : Der makam 'usules Cenber'
>Anonymous, Barde Sayat Nova : Taksim & Makam 'Esmkhetiet-Yis kou ghimeten-Tchim guichi'
>Anonymous, Ali H'ace (Ali Hoca) : Der makam 'Uzzal usules Berevsan', for ensemble
>Traditional, Sephardic : Venturozo Mancevo, for ensemble
>Anonymous : Der makam 'Huseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza', for ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following up on the huge success of Orient-Occident and Jerusalem, prepare yourself to cross borders. This new release is mainly based on 'The Book of Science of Music,' published in 1710 by the Moldavian prince Dimitrie Cantemir, after many years spent in Istanbul. This unique manuscript enables us to discover rare jewels of Turkish traditional music. Jordi Savall already included some of the pieces from this collection in his album Orient-Occident (AVX 9848), but he decided to explore it further in order to reveal the magic of the incredible city of Istanbul. This city portrait wouldn't have been complete without selections from the fascinating Armenian and Sephardic repertoire that was also familiar in Istanbul during this time.

Jordi Savall's new release is mainly based on "The Book of Science of Music," published in 1710 by the Moldavian prince Dimitrie Cantemir, after many years spent in Istanbul. This unique manuscript enables us to discover rare jewels of Turkish traditional music. This city portrait of Istanbul would not have been complete without selections from the fascinating Armenian and Sephardic repertoire that was so familiar in Istanbul during this time.

"This vivid exploration of 17th-century Sephardic and Armenian musical traditions, fruits of the late Ottoman empire melting pot, will refresh jaded Christmas ears. It's prime Jordi Savall territory." -The Observer

"... Savall... has... put together a brilliant showcase of both Cantemir's music and the musics he chronicled... for me... the high points of this CD lie... in the solo improvisations on te oud, lira, and kanun zither, and above all in the pieces involving the Armenian duduk, which has an ability to transport the listener to ethereal realms." -BBC Music Magazine

"The result is a very polished, sophisticated sound world largely lacking the exuberance that one might expect, at least on occasion, from such repertories, but that in itself is a cue to the listener...that our expectations of non-Western musics are easily confounded." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Collégiale de Cardona (Catalogne).



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Works Details

>Hespèrion XXI (1974 - ) : Taksim, improvisation
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Der makam 'Uzzâl usules Devr-i kebir 'Büyük Devr'
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Los Paxaricos, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.

>Hakan Güngör : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Performer: Hankan Gügör (Kanun)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Kantemiroglu : Der makam 'Muhayyer usules Muhammes', for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, American : Chant et Danse, for 2 duduks & percussion
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Ney); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.

>Tockan, Yurdal : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Performer: Yurdal Tockan (Oud)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.

>Anonymous, Baba Mest : Der makam Hüseyni Semâ'î, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : El amor yo no savia, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.

>Turkan, Derya : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.

>Anonymous : Der makam Suri Semâ'î, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.

>Anonymous, Barde Ashot : Lamento :: Ene Sarére, for 2 duduks
  • Performers: Haig Sarikouyoumdjian (Duduk); Georgi Minassyan (Duduk)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Madre de la gracia, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.

>Hespèrion XXI (1974 - ) : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Edirne'li Ahmed : Der makam 'usules Cenber'
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.

>Anonymous, Barde Sayat Nova : Taksim & Makam 'Esmkhetiet-Yis kou ghimeten-Tchim guichi'
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.

>Hespèrion XXI (1974 - ) : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Performers: Yurdal Tockan (Oud); Hankan Gügör (Kanun)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Alí H'äce (Ali Hoca) : Der makam 'Uzzâl usules Berevsan', for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Venturozo Mancevo, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.

>Hespèrion XXI (1974 - ) : Taksim, Improvisation
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Der makam 'Hüseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza', for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.