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Jerusalem: City of two Peaces - Heavenly Peace and Earthly Peace (La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix celeste et la Paix terrestre) [Hybrid SACD]

Jordi Savall Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: ALIA VOX.
  • ASIN: B001GAQR50
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, in the company of Jewish, Christian and Muslim musicians from Israel, Palestine, Greece, Syria, Armenia, Turkey, England, Fr4ance, Spain, Italy, Belgium, as well as their own ensembles Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya, portray the chequered fortunes of Jerusalem in a freize of texts and music evoking her protagonists. Jewish, Arab and Christian music from ancient times to the present day highlights Jerusalem as a city that looks forward to the possibility of achieving the two peaces proclaimed in its name.

"This project was conceived as a hommage to Jerusalem, the city endlessly built and destroyed by man and his quest for the sacred and for spiritual power. Through the power of music and words, this fruit of passionate amd committed collaboration of musicians, poets, researchers, writers and historians from 14 nations as well as Alia Vox and the CIMA Foundation teams, has become a fervent invocation to Peace."
Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, Autumn 2008

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ALIA 9863; ALIA VOX -; Classica vocale

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL COLLECTOR'S PIECE 17 Jan 2009
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yet accessible to most listeners. At first I thought it seemed a bit expensive, but when I realised that the 2 CDs come in the end covers of a hardcover book over 400 pages long, with comprehensive notes & lyrics in English, Arabic, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Catalan & Italian, complete with many colour reproductions of old illustrations of Jerusalem as well as the various musicians,I wondered if they made any profit at all. The music is varied & the singers & musicians perform beautifully, while the sound quality is as good as any I have heard. As an indirect appeal for peaceful coexistence between Israel & a future Palestine, it is also extremely moving, especially at the end when an Egyptian tune I knew ages ago as "Ya banat Iskandariyya" & also as a completely different Turkish song, turns out to be perhaps one of the oldest surviving traditional tunes, with different texts in Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, & Ladino (no, not Latin)which are juxtapositioned as a conclusion.I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Break Out The Credit Card 19 April 2009
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The SACD surround recordings are superb, the acoustic of the recording venues has been captured extremely well, it does not overwhelm but makes you feel like you are there.
The selection of music and other materiel is eclectic in the extreme, fortunately the 400 page hard back book that forms the SACD case is very well written in 8 languages, and very informative. Giving not only the background to the music but also an overview of Jerusalem's history from 19th century BCE to the current day.
How good is this SACD? I was loaned it by a friend last night & have my credit card in my hand as I type, to order my copy today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Musical Experience 14 Feb 2013
By Adnan
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It takes us on a great musical journey through the middle east.
Through music one can achieve peaceful coexistence !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced with unneccessary book 21 Nov 2012
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I'm a great fan of Jori Savall, and am increasing my collection of his oeuvre. However, this one did not quite tick my boxes. In light of haviing bought his istanbul and the sublime gate just recently, this was effectively a disappointment. I found the accompanying weighty book quite unneccesary, it being a cse of the music speaks for itself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and interesting collection 24 July 2009
By Daniel Ponder - Published on
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This is quite a fascinating cd. It includes a large book in 8 languages, and two very interesting cds.

The music on here is a collection of early works and compositions that consist of chant, songs, dances and texts that are spoken and sung from the Qa'ran, the Bible, and the Talmud. There are also texts in Greek, Latin, French, Aramaic, and Ladino that reflect the range of Jewish peoples and crusaders that seek out this important religious center.

The playing is above par and masterfully executed by Jordi Savall and specialists in early music, Hebrew music and Arabic chant and dance. You really get a feel for the music of the people that have occupied and fought over this land. The book is interesting, full of texts and translations - a little apocalyptic and overly zionist, but very interesting, my main complaint is that there isn't much of musicological value that discusses the sources and background to the music. There's a bit, but not quite the usual information found in other Savall cds.

I would reccomend anyone who is interested in early music, world music, and historical and sacred texts to understand and further appreciate the value of Jerusalem.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but Savall's Reach Exceeds His Grasp 1 Jan 2010
By Paul Van de Water - Published on
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In two well-filled CDs, Jordi Savall, wife Montserrat Figureras, and colleagues attempt to paint a picture of Jerusalem's history in sound. The recording begins with the sound of shofars in a Jericho fanfare, which is presumably intended to evoke Joshua's circumnavigation of that other city. Following sections comprise a selection of music and texts representative of the Jerusalem's time as a Jewish, Christian, and Arab/Ottoman city, as well as songs of pilgrimage and lament over the holy city. Spoken texts include excerpts from the Talmud, Koran, a non-canonical gospel, and Pope Urban's call to the first crusade.

Savall's ensemble Hesperion XXI is joined by singers and instrumentalists from Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Greece, Morocco, and elsewhere. The music from Palestine is played by the Sufi Group Al- Darwish. The performances are superb, and the SACD sound is first-rate. "The whole thing has the sense of a scrupulous piece of historical and musicological research," as Andrew Clements has written in the Guardian, "even if it doesn't all gel into a satisfying experience." In May 2010 Savall is bringing this program to the Boston Early Music Festival, and I suspect that the program may be more effective in concert than on disc.

The accompanying book is beautifully done but reaches 435 pages in length only because it is in eight languages. As a previous reviewer has noted, the essays focus on the history of Jerusalem and its musical tradition and provide relatively little detail about the specific selections in the recording.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 30 Jan 2010
By Joseph J. Iii Sackman - Published on
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I enjoy both contemporary and classic works from Philip Glass to the Medieval Babes, Jerusalem fits closer the latter. It is an interesting fusion of mid eastern and european work.
I really like listening to this album and recommend it to anyone who enjoys this kind of music as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic music 30 Oct 2011
By debd - Published on
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This is a fantastic album detailing the music from the earliest times in Jerusalem to modern times. The singers and instrumentalists are superb. You can listen to it over and over again and find new meanings every time. Jordi Savall has done a magnificent job.
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge feast of historic music 16 Mar 2014
By Kraig Hausmann - Published on
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Jerusalem is absolutely a historical potpourri of medieval music concerning Jerusalem. I will listen to it again and again with fondness.
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