La Sublime Porte: Voix d'Istanbul, 1430 - 1750 / Figueras, Elmalch

Audio Samples

>Mehmed, Dervis : Uzzal usules Darb-i feth, taksim & makam
>Meragi, Hace Abdulkadir : Kar-i Ses-avaz, segah kar
>Anonymous, Armenian : Siretsi yares Taran / Noubar noubar, chanson & danse
>Anonymous : Por alli paso un cavallero
>Cantemir, Dimitrie : Buselik usules, taksim & makam
>Efendi, Buhurizade M. I. : Hisar Agir Semai, song
>Anonymous, Armenian : Taksim & Danse, for kemence & percussion
>Traditional, Jewish : Priere
>Angeli, Tanburi : Rehavi Cember, taksim & makam
>Hespèrion XXI : Gazel, improvisation
>Anonymous : Hicaz usules Devr-i Kebir, taksim & makam
>Traditional, Sephardic : Punxa, punxa
>Traditional, Sephardic : El Rey que muncho madruga
>Cavus, Tanburi Mustafa : Hisarbuselik Sarki, for voice & traditional ensemble
>Ashot, Gousan : En Sarer 2, plainte for 2 duduks
>Meragi, Hace Abdulkadir : Amed nesim-i, rast nakis beste

Album Summary

>Mehmed, Dervis : Uzzal usules Darb-i feth, taksim & makam
>Meragi, Hace Abdulkadir : Kar-i Ses-avaz, segah kar
>Anonymous, Armenian : Siretsi yares Taran / Noubar noubar, chanson & danse
>Anonymous : Por alli paso un cavallero
>Cantemir, Dimitrie : Buselik usules, taksim & makam
>Efendi, Buhurizade M. I. : Hisar Agir Semai, song
>Anonymous, Armenian : Taksim & Danse, for kemence & percussion
>Traditional, Jewish : Priere
>Angeli, Tanburi : Rehavi Cember, taksim & makam
>Hespèrion XXI : Gazel, improvisation
>Anonymous : Hicaz usules Devr-i Kebir, taksim & makam
>Traditional, Sephardic : Punxa, punxa
>Traditional, Sephardic : El Rey que muncho madruga
>Cavus, Tanburi Mustafa : Hisarbuselik Sarki, for voice & traditional ensemble
>Ashot, Gousan : En Sarer 2, plainte for 2 duduks
>Meragi, Hace Abdulkadir : Amed nesim-i, rast nakis beste
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Sublime Porte (SublimeGate) was the name of the open court of the sultan, led by the Grand Vizier. It got its name from the gate to the headquarters of the Grand Vizier in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where the sultan held the greeting ceremony for foreign ambassadors. It was an ancient Ottoman practice to make the gates of cities and kings' palaces places of assembly. Later the name came to refer to the Empire's position as gateway between Europe and Asia. Following the success of the album Istanbul, Jordi Savall crosses new boundaries between Orient and Occident. This time, the vocal traditions of the Ottoman Empire, Armenia and the Jewish Diaspora are brilliantly resuscitated. Instrumental interludes enable us to enjoy this journey through time and space. In addition to Hespèrion XXI, this album features the elite of Turkish traditional musicians under the inspired direction of Maestro Savall.

"The ensemble offers authentic recreations of Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Sephardic pieces, told in textures and timbres of oud, duduk, ney and Savall's own rebab. This is music of great subtlety, technical accomplishment and powerful emotional impact." -The Independent

"Gursoy Dincer and Lior Elmaleh mix eloquent Israeli and Turkish chanting traditions, while some tracks become a memorial to Savall's wife, the great early-music singer Montserrat Figueras, who died just last month." -The Observer

"The death last month of the Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras adds poignancy to the latest scrupulously researched and beautifully played release from Hespèrion XXI, the early-music group fronted for decades by her and her husband Jordi Savall...Artfully mixing Turkish, Armenian and Jewish songs, and dances, the disc is haunting and educational, with a 250-page booklet (!) of fascinating historical essays included." -The Times

The Independent, November 2011
The ensemble offers authentic recreations of Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Sephardic pieces, told in textures and timbres of oud, duduk, ney and Savall's own rebab. This is music of great subtlety, technical accomplishment and powerful emotional impact.

The Observer, December 2011
Gursoy Dincer and Lior Elmaleh mix eloquent Israeli and Turkish chanting traditions, while some tracks become a memorial to Savall's wife, the great early-music singer Montserrat Figueras, who died just last month.

The Times, December 2011
The death last month of the Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras adds poignancy to the latest scrupulously researched and beautifully played release from Hespèrion XXI, the early-music group fronted for decades by her and her husband Jordi Savall...Artfully mixing Turkish, Armenian and Jewish songs, and dances, the disc is haunting and educational, with a 250-page booklet (!) of fascinating historical essays included.

Classical Music, February 2012
This superbly researched and recreated ear-opening anthology, crafted with such presence and authority, finds Jordi Savall immersed in the cultural melting-pot of Istanbul...The spectrum of instrumental colour and the three contrasted voices with their glissades of vocal ornamentation are captured in a wonderfully hybrid SACD recording.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
This is a typical Alia Vox Hesperion release: sumptuously packaged, richly illustrated, and supported by edifying scholarly notes about the music and its historical context. It's recorded in clear yet atmospheric sound...In addition to the late Montserrat Figueras, there is wonderful singing by the Israeli Lior Elmaleh ad the Turk Gursoy Dincer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (02/15/2010); Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-).



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Works Details

>Mehmed, Dervis : Uzzäl usules Darb-i feth, taksim & makam
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hace Abdülkadir Meragi : Kâr-i Ses-âvâz, segâh kâr
  • Performer: Gursoy Dincer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Armenian : Siretsi yares Taran / Noubar noubar, chanson & danse
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Por allí pasó un cavallero
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Lior Elmalich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Cantemir, Dimitrie : Bûselik usules, taksim & makam
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buhûrîzade Mustafa Itrî Efendi (circa 1640 - 1711) : Hisar Agir Semai, song
  • Performer: Gursoy Dincer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Armenian : Taksim & Danse, for kemençe & percussion
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Jewish : Priere
  • Performer: Lior Elmalich (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Angeli, Tanburi : Rehavi Çember, taksim & makam
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hespèrion XXI (1974 - ) : Gazel, improvisation
  • Performer: Gursoy Dincer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Hicâz usules Devr-i Kebir, taksim & makam
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Sephardic : Punxa, punxa
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Sephardic : El Rey que muncho madruga
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.

>Cavus, Tanburi Mustafa : Hisarbûselik Sarki, for voice & traditional ensemble
  • Performer: Gursoy Dincer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.

>Ashot, Gousan : En Sarer 2, plainte for 2 duduks
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hace Abdülkadir Meragi : Amed nesim-i, rast nakis beste
  • Performer: Gursoy Dincer (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: Collégiale de Cardona, Catalogne (2011-05-16_2011-05-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal