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Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in todays music world. For more than thirty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery and performance of neglected musical treasures as a soloist and director of his three ensembles. He has restored an essential repertoire to all those with ears to hear it. Except for the happy few who already revere it, the viola da gamba, is an instrument so refined ... Read more in Amazon's Jordi Savall Store

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  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B008B80RGA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Menk kadj tohmiDavid Mayroal, Gaguik Mouradian, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Akna krunkGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kani vur djan imDavid Mayroal, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chant et danseGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. O'h intsh anushDavid Mayroal, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. MatshkalGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dun en glkhenGaguik Mouradian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Garun aDavid Mayroal, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chants de mariageArmen Badalyan, Georgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Al aylukhsDavid Mayroal, Gaguik Mouradian, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Plainte: en sarerGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Azat astvatsn & Ter kedzoJordi Savall, Marc Clos, Hespèrion XXI 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sirt imsasaniGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hayastan yerkirDani Espasa, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hey djanGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Hov arekDavid Mayroal, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Viva Biancaluna Biffi, Hespèrion XXI 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lamento: Sevmut amperGeorgi Minassyan, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Alagyeaz & Khnki tsarDani Espasa, Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, Jordi Savall, Marc Clos, Hespèrion XXI 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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This is a beguiling, mesmeric sequence of instrumental music from Armenia, in which Hesperion XXI are joined by a group of that country s finest musicians. Georgi Minassyan and Haig Sarikouyoumdjian play the duduk, the double-reed woodwind instrument of the region. Its beautiful, musky sound seductively reflects the predominantly nostalgic, lamenting, soulful mood of the pieces heard here. Gaguik Mouradian contributes on the kamancha, a bowed string instrument. Savall arranges both anonymous material and music by named composers from the 14th to the 20th centuries, rightly allowing the Armenian musicians, and particularly the duduk, pride of place. --Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times 2 September 2012

The playing is often of considerable subtlety and refinement ... For instance, track 5, where Savall and colleagues play Chouhajian s song Oh inc anus, offers one of the most affecting versions I have ever heard of this song ... This disc is a most welcome addition to the catalogue ... it has given unfailing pleasure to the present listener ... more refreshing and illuminating than many Armenian recordings. --Haig Utidjian, Early Music Review October 2012

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammond on 31 Oct. 2012
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Without first reading the accompanying booklet, I began to listen. Silent tears rolled, my emotion an enriching but fathomless sadness. If only all people could hear this music and feel the same way as I do. It would stop wars for good. Curious, I started to read the accompanying book. After the short but moving overview of the area's devastating history, musician Jordi Savall's last sentence hit me with a bang. "Without Emotion there is no Memory, without Memory there is no Justice, without Justice there is no Civilization and without Civilization human beings have no future."

I realize my opinion about this cd is mostly a subjective one since a lot of middle-eastern music affects me strongly, including the soulful music of the dudek instruments which sometimes sound like the voice of a singer who is trying not to cry. Their sounding of intervals other than tones and semitones can eerily stir deep parts of ones' psyche.
If you aren't used to this type of music but would like to try it, I recommend listening to a few bands at a time, then go back to it later.
It is a wonderful recording. The sound is exquisite.

One thing: I would like the words of the poems after the band titles to be also in English translation. (from the French.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 28 July 2013
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Armenian music is using three traditional instruments. The duduk and the zurna, two wind instruments of the vast family of the pipe, and the kamancha, a string instrument using a bow. These give Armenian music a very special sonority both extremely cosmic with the duduk, shrill with the zurna and bitter or sour with the kamancha. They add other instruments more in the European line, a violin of course, an organ, various violas da gamba and tambourines. As such many pieces, especially those using a duduk that can be amplified by the organ or other instruments, sound at times psychedelic, a music that can take you high into heaven and this remark brings the next point. But many of the sounds and compositions could be compared to the music produced in mountainous regions isolated in a way or another, like for example Corsica or Sardinia.

The music of Armenia is deeply articulated onto its national culture which is built on the language that has resisted more than twenty centuries thanks to an original alphabet invented in 405-406 by Mesrop Mashtots that devised 36 letters for his language. The first task was to translate the Bible and the Fathers of the Church, an objective which was quite common in those days. They did the same thing in Ireland or in England. But this language that was able to resist any attempt to destroy it found another inspiration: their religion. Armenia was the first state to convert to Christianity asq a state even before the Roman Empire and that story was long, and very conflict-loaded, especially with the surrounding countries who were all "pagan" at first, and then turned Muslim in a few centuries.
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I'd seen a few Hesperion XXI CDs in the shop over the past year with their distinctive cover design but hadn't taken the plunge.
But I managed to catch a concert from the 2014 York Early Music Festival on Radio 3 and was rather hooked.
It helped that it was a hot summer's night with the windows open and dusk was falling - a great time to listen to music like this (Radio 3 also caught me a few years ago by playing L'Arpeggiata performing Homo Fugit Velut Umbra on a hot summer night - another recommended purchase).

So I bought this on a whim.

Several tracks in and I'm already recommending it to friends on Twitter and Facebook.

It's atmospheric music, ideal for reading to, or just staring out of the window. I don't think anyone's going to complain if you put this on in the background but it also repays full attention.

I'll be sampling a few more of Hesperion XXI's discs in the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HB on 29 Nov. 2012
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After hearing a couple of tracks on my local radio I was inspired t buy this CD. The music is hauntingly beautiful, played with sensitivity and elegance. The modal music, played by a small ensemble of very fine musicians, has an uplifting yet calming quality and I find it quite mesmerising. I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George E. Boyce on 5 Jun. 2014
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Superb, emotive music, beautifully played! What a great instrument the duduk is! I could listen to it all day and never tire of it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on 1 April 2013
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This is my favorite out of all the Jordi Savall I recently purchased. He is both professional and passionate, you will not be disappointed. This is a more reflective collection of music, truly haunting at times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Tunstall on 29 Jun. 2013
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Strange, haunting melodies and tones. Unusual pieces but very beautiful. Had never even considered what 'Armenian' pieces might sound like, but glad I found this. Check them out, and some of Jordi Savalls other recordings. I can particularly recommend 'Alfons V El Magnanim', works from the court of Alphonse V "the Magnanimous," the 15th-century ruler of Aragon, Sicily, and Naples.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Moore on 27 Oct. 2012
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Another perfect disc from Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, with very informative accompanying booklet. The ensemble never fail to inspire, and this CD is highly to be recommended
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