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Orient-Occident / Savall, Hespèrion XXI

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Rast "Murass'a" usul Duyek, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Work(s)
>Traditional, Sephardic : A la una yo naci (Sarajevo)
>Traditional, Spanish : Alba (Castello de la Plana)
>El Maloumi, Driss : Danse de l'ame, for oud & bendir
>Anonymous, Italian : La Manfredina
>Arman, Khaled : Laili Djan (Afghanistan Perse), for traditional ensemble
>Anonymous : Istampita In Pro
>Anonymous : Danza del viento
>Anonymous, Italian : Salterello I (14th century)
>Psonis, Dimitris : Chahamezrab (Perse), for santur & tamburello
>Traditional, Spanish : Danza de las espadas
>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Nikriz usul Berevsan, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
>Anonymous, Italian : Saltarello no 1 (GB-LBl Add.29987)
>Dalal, Yair : Ya Nabat Elrichan - Magam Lami, for oud
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa Maria 105, Gran piadad' e mercee e nobreza
>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Rast Sema'i, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
>Anonymous, Italian : Lamento di Tristano, estampie
>Arman, Khaled : Mola Mamad Djan (Afganistan Perse), for traditional ensemble
>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam 'Uzal Sakil "Turna", traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
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Notes & Reviews:

New on Super Audio CD. "This gorgeous instrumental celebration of the links of between medieval cultures across Europe and the near east brings together musicians from Spain, Morocco, Greece, Israel and Afghanistan." -The Guardian.

"Recorded sound and packaging are up to Alia Vox's usual high standard. This is a rich feast indeed for music lovers of all persuasions." -International Record Review

"While some of the pieces could almost have emanated from the Celtic fringe, others speak from the deep heart of Islam. There are some wonderfully eloquent oud and santur solos, and much implied counterpoint lurking beneath the monody which was then the norm." -BBC Music Magazine ****

"Finding the common ground that can symbolise a shared humanity has been the impulse for Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said's West East Divan Orchestra and, more recently, violinist Daniel Hope's East Meets West collaboration.Yet for some 30 years, Catalan early music guru Jordi Savall has embodied precisely the same ideals with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI.Their Orient-Occident project creates a flowing dialogue of music from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions and medieval times, when the Mediterranean helped to link rather than divide cultures. Hespèrion's performances may be the result of painstaking scholarship, but it is not so much the dust of medieval manuscripts as that of the desert that makes these latterday troubadours so compelling. Savall's virtuosity is so understated as to risk being taken for granted, but the defining rhythmic discipline, the mutual understanding that permits brief flights of improvisational fancy, has a powerful effect. Prayers, dances and laments seemed to bubble up from the same wellspring of experience, voice and instruments echoing each other in assent, crossing great divides" -The Guardian ****

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jordi Savall (vielle, lira, rebab, percussion); Yair Dalal (oud); Khaled Arman (rebab); Dimitris Psonis (santur, saz); Pedro Estevan (bendir, deff).

Recording information: La Collegiale du Chateau de Cardona, Catalogne.



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Rast "Murass'a" usul Düyek, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Yair Dalal (Oud); Pedro Estevan (Bendir); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Work(s) :: Ductia (Cantigas 248-353)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Traditional, Sephardic : A la una yo nací (Sarajevo)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Saz); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Yair Dalal (Oud); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Spanish : Alba (Castelló de la Plana)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>El Maloumi, Driss : Danse de l'âme, for oud & bendir
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Pedro Estevan (Bendir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : La Manfredina
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Pedro Estevan (Bendir); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Arman, Khaled : Laïli Djân (Afghanistan Perse), for traditional ensemble
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Khaled Arman (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.

>Anonymous : Istampita In Pro
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous : Danza del viento
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Saz); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Pedro Estevan; Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Salterello I (14th century)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Psonis, Dimitris : Chahamezrab (Perse), for santur & tamburello
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Spanish : Danza de las espadas
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.

>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Nikriz üsul Berevsân, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall (Percussion); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Saltarello no 1 (GB-LBl Add.29987)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1340-1400

>Dalal, Yair : Ya Nabat Elrichan - Magam Lami, for oud
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Yair Dalal (Oud)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 105, Gran piadad' e mercee e nobreza
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Saz); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam Rast Semâ'i, traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Yair Dalal (Oud); Pedro Estevan (Bendir); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Lamento di Tristano, estampie
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1340-1400

>Arman, Khaled : Molâ Mâmad Djân (Afganistan Perse), for traditional ensemble
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Siar Hashimi (Tabla); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Khaled Arman (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Work(s) :: Saltarello (Cantigas 77-119)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Saz); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Turkish : Makam 'Uzäl Sakil "Turna", traditional melody (Ms. de Kantemiroglu)
  • Performers: Hespèrion XXI; Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Pedro Estevan; Jordi Savall (Vielle); Khaled Arman (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.