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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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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 (12 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: ALIA VOX.
  • ASIN: B001GAQR50
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,769 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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Given electric performances and virile repertoire, early music regularly offers uplifting experiences, but do they hit you like bulletins ripped from today s news? Not often.

Matters are different in Jerusalem. Time and again the 52 tracks of Jordi Savall s bumper project bring you slap up against the continuing tragedy of Gaza of wrecked buildings, wailing people, and faiths at war. There will be a great peace throughout the world, until the end of time, sings Montserrat Figueras on track two, following the Greek text of a Sibylline oracle.

The rest of the programme uses the history of Jerusalem to plead for that elusive world peace. Jews, Christians, Arabs, Turks, Armenians are all given a voice in music and words from across the centuries, with different religions and cultures battling for dominance and a homeland as the end of time ticks closer...

As Savall and Manuel Forcano s collection advances, the heart is still moved, the mind still whirrs. Whatever the language and culture adopted, Figueras throbs with humanity. Instrumentally, Savall, Hespèrion XXI and their guests always give us splendour. Track by track you listen, learn, read and wonder. Jerusalem may not bring world peace any closer, but you ll never read the Gaza headlines in quite the same way again. --Geoff Brown, The Times, January, 2009

As always with Savall, the whole thing has the sense of a scrupulous piece of historical and musicological research...there are certainly some fascinating moments, as well as some striking imagery. --The Guardian, January, 2009

A lot of care has been taken in the historical shape, the repertoire and the artists it's a territory where early music and world music meet to create beautiful and powerful performances. --SIMON BROUGHTON, Evening Standard, 16 January 2009

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37 of 37 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Love it.
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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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