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.)