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Orient-Occident 1200-1700 [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2006)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B000FDJ008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Makam Rast 'Murass'a' usul Duyek - Anonymous
2. Ductia (Cantigas 248-353) - El Sabio/Alfonso X
3. A La Una Yo Naci - Traditional
4. Alba - Traditional
5. Danse de l'ame - Driss El Maloumi
6. Istampitta: La Manfredina - Anonymous
7. Laili Djan - Khaled Arman
8. Istampitta: In Pro - Anonymous
9. Danza del viento - Anonymous
10. Istampitta: Saltarello 1 - Anonymous
11. Chahamezrab - Dimitri Psonis
12. Danza de las espadas - Traditional
13. Makam Nikriz usul Berevsan - Anonymous
14. Istampitta: Saltarello 2 - Anonymous
15. Ya Nabat Elrichan - Magam Lami - Yair Dalal
16. Rotundellus (Cantiga 105) - El Sabio/Alfonso X
17. Makam Rast Sema'i - Anonymous
18. Istampitta: Lamento di Tristano - Anonymous
19. Mola Mamad Djan - Khaled Arman
20. Saltarello (Cantigas 77-119) - El Sabio/Alfonso X
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic and Technical Triumph! 24 July 2009
By Klingsor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a crowning achievement in the domain of world music from Savall and Alia Vox team following initial musical and cultural exploration of Judeo/Arab influences on the Christian world of middle ages. What started discreetly in "Isabel I, Reina de Castilla" and is explored much further in magnificent double CD "Diaspora Sefardi" comes to its natural pinnacle with this one dedicated entirely to traditional music of Mediterranean region of middle ages.
As Savall points out in the booklet, the sea that once was not just the melting pot of different cultures and traditions but the bridge and unifying force between them, since the recent Afghanistan conflict has become the division line. (For me personally this issue is particularly close to heart, as I, like many others close to me lost the country we were born in to religious conflict - I grew up on the Mediterranean coast and my musical sub conscience was shaped up to equal measure with all of these influences, abruptly cut off by the bloody war - no further proof needed that politics and culture don't mix at all).

Personal issues aside, while listening over and over again to this disc, I couldn't escape the feeling that Western (Christian?) music of the period before the Renaissance owes much more to the middle eastern culture than is today willing to admit - not so much in musical terms, but relying heavily on the archetype instruments, later on developed into recognisable forms perfectly suited for what we call today Western music. The fact that the bowing instruments were brought in from the east was one of many revelations I wasn't aware before this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL MUSIC, DEFECTIVE RECORDING 20 Mar 2011
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Like so many of Hesperion XXI's recording and the meticulous research of Jordi Savall it is hard to fault the musical results on this CD. The music is fascinating. Unfortunately the disc claims to be an SACD and it is not. When I tried to play it using 5:1, it would only play on the rear speakers. It will play perfectly in standard two speaker stereo that is unfortunately not the same as 5:1. I eventually returned the recording. If you don't have a 5:1 system and don't mind just hearing it in two speaker stereo I would say it is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new room 6 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
This was a new world for me! Fascinating music, played by musicians from different traditions. All this gives it the edge that music needs to be really important and interesting.
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