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Diáspora Sefardí

Jordi Savall Audio CD
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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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  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall
  • Orchestra: Hespèrion XXI
  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B00004RBWV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: El Moro De Antequera (Rhodes) 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: Levantose El Conde Niño (Salónica) 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: El Rey De Francia (Esmirna) 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: Por Allí Pasó Un Cavallero (Turquía) 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña (Sarajevo)15:20Album Only
Listen  6. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: La Guirnalda De Rosas (Rhodes) 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: Nani, Nani (Marruecos)13:36Album Only
Listen  8. Por Que Llorax Blanca Niña - Romances Vocales: El Rey Que Tanto Madruga (Sofía) 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Las Estrellas De Los Cielos (Alejandría?)11:23Album Only
Listen  2. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: En La Santa Helena (Sofía) 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: A La Una Yo Nací (Sarajevo) 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Improvisación (Oud & Percusión) 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Paxarico Tu Te Llamas (Sarajevo) 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Yo Era Niña De Casa Alta (Esmirna) 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Longe De Mit Tu Estarás (Sofía) 8:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Hermoza Muchachica (Jerusalén) 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Axerico De Quinze Años (Salónica?)10:26Album Only
Listen10. Las Estrellas De Los Cielos - Musica Instrumental: Improvisación Sobre "Axerico" (Sarod & Percusión) 9:06£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Jordi Savall, Monterrat Figuras and Hespérion XXI pioneered the revival of early Spanish repertoire more than two decades ago, releasing classic recordings such as Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain. Their experience reaps tremendous dividends with the two-CD set Diáspora Sefardí. This is music of the Sefardim, the Spanish Jews exiled in 1492, but extends beyond the expected repertoire to include later music from those who settled as far away as Rhodes, Sofía and Sarajevo. The first disc is a programme of romances, Montserrat Figueras giving deeply impassioned performances pitched between heartrending elegy and searing eroticism. Compared to the cool perfection of the version by Florata on Magnificentia Iberica, El Rey de Fancia comes alive with an earthy engagement which rivets the attention, while an epic of betrayal, Nani, Nani, harnesses monumental emotional intensity. Throughout, the playing is superb, but inevitably the musicians really come into their own on the second CD, a set of instrumentals and improvisations, including the slow-burning rapture of Axerico. Here is 130 minutes of incredibly evocative, primal music with the potential to go way beyond the early music market and become a huge hit with followers of folk, world, jazz and perhaps even rock. Quite simply, a great recording. --Gary S Dalkin

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ALIA 9809; ALIA VOX -;

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite collection of early music. 23 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having only listened to a couple of tracks and depending on some very persuasive reviews I wasn't absolutely sure what this CD would hold in store for me but I was intrigued by its rather exotic description. It way surpassed all expectations - a thoroughly wonderful experience! The group explores a musical area both ancient and esoteric. The instrumental 'cast' is exotic, full of sensual sounds from a passionate people, while Figueras' singing complements it beautifully with a performance that is very moving, often recalling the pain of this ostracised race. Every aspect of this collection is perfect - production, performance, and the choice of music itself. Buy it - it's exquisite!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous music - but what is it? 28 Aug 2005
By BenIez
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This is a strange and rather wonderful pair of CDs. The first consists of Sephardic songs in Spanish, the second in instrumental renditions of Sephardic songs, including some improvised performances based on some of the same songs. The CD notes are almost impenetrable in all the many languages they're printed in, thoroughly failing to explain where this wonderful music comes from. So, yes, I love it: it's great to listen to, the musicianship (as you'd expect) is terrific, and the whole is a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of east European/Jewish/Spanish cultures... but I still don't really know what it is I'm listening to, and if you care about such things, that is deeply frustrating. Buy it and be delighted and a bit puzzled.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By pierre
Format:Audio CD
This is without doubt one of the very best recordings of Jordi Savall. This music has a such a sense of evidence that even casual classic music listeners, and any public in fact, will love it...and a discotheque cornerstone for more serious addicts of music on ancient instruments.
ps..also a fantastic gift - 100% satisfaction rate most likely
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to suit your mood 3 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
What's your mood?
If you want some esoteric and atmospheric "mood" music of the 15th century Jewish European diaspora, then play the instrumental disk. If you want to hear Montserrat Figueras' almost unearthly soprano singing a variety of Jewish songs of the same period, play the "Romances".
As usual, these CDs are accompanied by a booklet which introduces the music and provides a translation of all the songs in major European languages and Hebrew.
Good value for Hesperion XXI fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Savall's finest 19 May 2004
By RDS - Published on
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Hespérion XXI (formerly Hespérion XX, but renamed to honour the new century) is one of the most accomplished ensembles specialising in the early music of the Iberian peninsula. It is one of the ongoing collectives led by the formidable Jordi Savall, renowned for his interpretations on the viol da gamba. The members are always changing, which makes the ensemble simply a name for a grouping of artists and interpreters of this immensely rich musical heritage, yet always under Savall's masterful direction. Diaspora Sefardi is a double-CD of music of the Sephardic Jews, a diverse culture originating in Spain and later settling in countries around the Mediterranean after their expulsion from most of Spain in 1492. Never losing sight of their basic identity as Jews or their awareness of their Spanish origins, the Sephardic culture gradually incorporated numerous influences from the peoples among whom it evolved: from the Arab culture of north Africa, from the Turks, Greeks, Bulgarians, Rumanians, Serbocroats, etc. In short, Sephardic music is an amazing blend of all these influences, immediately recognisable for its unique manifestation of this diversity.

Led by the impeccable soprano Montserrat Figueras, a generous collection of sephardic romances resides on disc one, and ten instrumental pieces are found on disc two. Savall (performing on lira, viola and rebab) is joined by some virtuoso players here: Pedro Estevan on percussions, Yair Dalal on oud, Andrew Lawrence-King on arpa doppia, Pedro Memelsdorff on flutes, and a handful of others on psaltry, qanun, laud, sarod and medieval harp. This recording differs in kind from other interpretations (by Savall or by countless other interpreters of this music) in that it employs a more diverse instrumentation that lies beyond the standard western European grouping of percussion, viol, flutes and harps, and rather embraces the instrumentations of eastern influences of this music (oud, qanun, sarod, etc.).

Disc one, subtitled "Por que llorax blanca nina" (Why do you weep fair child?) is a selection of beautiful songs, mostly from 16th and 17th century documents, though all of them look back much earlier to a very old tradition of songs. Montserrat Figueras is full of vitality, her breathtaking voice and accomplished techniques show her complete mastery of this challenging material.

Disc two, "Las estrellas de los cielos" (The stars in the sky), is a diverse collection of instrumental pieces, interpreted and performed to perfection by this ensemble. This second disc is the real jewel here. Even in the complexity of rhythms, fostered by Pedro Estevan's challenging techniques, the rhythms are extremely accessible, allowing the listener to move around within the multifaceted and subtle instrumentations. Some are traditional dance pieces, while others more meditative reflections and variations on the music of the popular romances.

Listening to this music is always a rewarding enterprise. Full of surprises, it never provokes the same response twice. This release comes highly recommended for the curious listener. It comes beautifully packaged with lyrics and an informative essay by Paloma Diaz-Mas.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly every night for 6 months! 30 April 2003
By Z. McAtee - Published on
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After owning this CD for about 4 years, when my newborn daughter needed bedtime soothing I grabbed this (the 2nd CD). We listen to it nearly every night and I am never bored with it. It only bothers me a little when I find it getting stuck in my head during the day. I still enjoy sitting in the dark listening to it after 6 months. Beautiful moving music.
27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diáspora sefardí / Hespèrion XXI 12 Nov 2000
By Felipe Cussen A. - Published on
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En este disco Jordi Savall y su grupo retoman el trabajo que emprendieron en discos anteriores sobre la música de origen judío ("Secular music from christian and jewish Spain" y los dedicados a la Sibila). El primer disco está compuesto por obras vocales que pertenecen a distintas expresiones de la diáspora judía a través de Europa, pero todas en ladino (lengua de los sefarditas o judíos españoles), interpretadas con una gran variedad de instrumentos (percusiones, flauta dulce, salterio, arpa, laúdes, etc.) sobre las que se alza la voz de Monserrat Figueras, que maneja bastante bien el estilo y el dramatismo requeridos, a pesar de que a mi juicio su interpretación es poco variada, y no se distingue tanto de sus versiones de música barroca italiana, por ej. El segundo disco trae sólo obras instrumentales, en las que se da un mayor espacio a la improvisación y la ornamentación, lo que considero bastante pertinente pare este tipo de música, y que realmente está muy bien lograda en este caso, permitiendo trabajar toda suerte de matices (el uso del aire por parte del flautista Pedro Memmelsdorff, por ejemplo). En todo caso, es necesario señalar que éste es un disco muy fresco, donde realmente se percibe un compromiso emotivo de los músicos con las obras, que pertenecen a un repertorio bastante poco trabajado en el campo de la música antigua, y sobre el cual todavía debe quedar mucho por investigar.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon may not be able to provide this item! Be careful 20 Mar 2008
By Elizabeth A Triano - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this album as a gift back in February. We are now towards the end of March and I just got an email from amazon that, oh dear, they are having trouble finding a copy to ship to my friend. Update: end of June, still they can't get it. For shame. It does sound like a marvellous, wonderful compilation, and I am very disappointed. So if you need your copy within any finite amount of time, perhaps consider getting it elsewhere.

I will update this review as I have more information. Good luck all!
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