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Istanbul

27 Oct 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Oct 2009
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Alia Vox
  • Total Length: 1:12:53
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002RCOB7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,408 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SA Brain on 8 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a stunning CD of music written in the 17th century and performed (largely)in the palaces of Istanbul. It reflects the melting pot nature of the city of the time, including as it does, music from the Jewish tradition. The quality of the recording is superb with excellent balance throughout. The musical performances are of the highest order. The CD is lavishly packaged (in multiple language versions) with detailed and educated notes on both the history, the music and composer. Note this recording was funded by DG Education and Culture of the European Commission great use of European funding recognising the complex history of Europe and the near East.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 4 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who has been to Istanbul, the great city between east and west with its mixture of Roman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture and art, should buy this album. Jordi Savall, who is famous for his early music and concept albums, has brought together the sefardic, armenian and turkish musical streams and it really is excellent. Take, for example, the second tune on the album which transmits huge amounts of energy. Buy this if you are interested in world music.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. T. King on 4 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
I guess you either like this kind of music or you don't. But for me it's a terrific album, expertly put together and superbly performed. It opens up(for those totally unfamiliar with the great musical culture of the Ottomans and their Istanbuli contemporaries)a whole new world of expression and feeling. This is highly sophisticated music, yet it speaks directly to one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on 24 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just love this recording, unconditionally.

I am a relatively late comer to the marvellous series of Alia Vox recordings of Jordi Savall, in which he offers eclectic historic, ethnic and world music collections with the Hesperion XXI- and other- groups. But now I have now grown seriously addicted!

This recent addition to the series - Instanbul, Dmitrie Cantemir and the Book of the Science of Music- sounds like a bit of a musicological nightmare, does it not? Wrong!

If I were to try to describe this recording with one word, that would probably be `impeccable' - sonically, musically and musicologically.

At the time of Cantemir, around 1670 to 1720, the Ottoman Empire had reached a cultural highpoint, before its eventual stagnation, decay and collapse. Crucially,, it was open to a variety of civilisations and religions, with its music in particular open to strong Armenian and Sephardic traditions; after their expulsion from Spain in 1492, many Jews had settled in this relatively tolerant society.

This SACD offers music from this cultural melting pot: - often it is strange, bewitching and hypnotic, but it is never less than interesting. The playing, including that of many Turkish masters, is impeccable.

As with all the later DSD Alia Vox recordings I have heard this far, the sound from the SACD layers is quite beautiful; spacious, detailed, natural and refined.

There are two more aspects I must mention. This is clearly a labour of love, with a lush and informative multi-lingual booklet, beautifully researched and presented. In fact, this is relatively restrained; double or triple sets in this series are often presented in lavish books. Someone really cares about these recordings, evidently!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruno A. N. Pietoso on 12 May 2010
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Like the city itself, these recordings translate musically what one would expect to see / hear in this magnificent and mysterious album but still maintaining it's roots to traditional folk music.
As one would expect from Jordi Savall, great musicians, a well studied research and attention to details.
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