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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 (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B00EJQT83Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A?la ZahraDimitri Psonis, Hakan Güngör, Hamam Khairy, Moslem Rahal, Oumeima Khalil, Pedro Estevan, Waed Bouhassoun 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Samai maqam BayatiDimitri Psonis, Driss El Maloumi, Jordi Savall Waed Bouhassoun oud, Moslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan, Waed Bouhassoun, Wahab Badarne 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Creire m'en fachPierre Hamon 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ya fajrDimitri Psonis, Driss el Maloumi, Moslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan, Waed Bouhassoun, Wahab Badarne 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. ShaouiaMoslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Improvisation OudDriss El Maloumi 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mawal Sap'awi, 'Ala Al-'Aqiqa, Beiny wa BeinakDimitri Psonis, Hakan Güngör, Hamam Khairy, Moslem Rahal, Oumeima Khalil, Pedro Estevan, Waed Bouhassoun 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Istampitta : IsabellaMichaël Grébil, Pedro Estevan, Pierre Hamon 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ce Brun Hal asmarDimitri Psonis, Driss el Maloumi, Moslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan, Waed Bouhassoun, Wahab Badarne 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. TrottoDimitri Psonis, Hakan Güngör, Jordi Savall, Michaël Grébil, Pedro Estevan, Pierre Hamon 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ya Mariam el bekrDimitri Psonis, Hakan Güngör, Moslem Rahal, Oumeima Khalil, Waed Bouhassoun 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. GhazalHakan Güngör, Hamam Khairy, Moslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. QalaqHakan Güngör, Moslem Rahal, Waed Bouhassoun 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cantiga 41: Virgen, madre de nostro SennorJordi Savall, Pedro Estevan 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hija miaDimitri Psonis, Erez Shmuel, Jordi Savall, Lior Elmaleh, Moslem Rahal, Pedro Estevan, Yair Dalal 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Una pastora (Espagne, mélodie Séfarade)Dimitri Psonis, Hakan Güngör, Jordi Savall, Michaël Grébil, Pierre Hamon 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. DamasDimitri Psonis, Driss El Maloumi, Moslem Rahal, Waed Bouhassoun, Wahab Badarne 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Improvisation NeyMoslem Rahal 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

The first volume of Orient Occident - released in 2006 - turned out to be a landmark in Jordi Savall s discography : for the first time, the Maestro had explored an extra-European repertoire, demonstrating the same musicological expertise he had shown with composers such as Marin Marais.This album soon became a best seller. His new opus is a focus on Syria, alternating instrumental and vocal pieces. Musicians from Syria, Lebanon and Israël play alongside Hespèrion XXI and illustrate the artistic and humanist process we have come to expect from Jordi Savall, A process more necessary than ever.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2013
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Afghanistan, Serbia, Syria. Jordi Savall's introductory essay spells out his frustration at the apparent impotence and paralysis of governments in the face of both past and continuing human rights abuses throughout the world. His response is to attempt unification through music, both with his Pro Pacem project and through recordings such as this, which bring together musicians from inside and outside the areas of conflict in celebration (and sometimes lamentation) of a culture.

Orient-Occident II's accompanying book is an exquisitely illustrated companion to the recording. Alongside the pictures of 17c Ottoman ceramics, 14c Arab miniatures and 19c Syrian photographs we have a documentation of the recording itself. As in recent albums such as Balkan Spirit, Armenian Spirit and Orient-Occident 1200-1700 this took place high up in the hills beyond Barcelona at the Castle of Cardona, the ancient chapel providing a detailed yet warm acoustic. Virtuoso musicians from around the Mediterranean region join Jordi Savall in an intimate evocation of the essence of this antique Arabian land.

Music from Sephardic Spain, Renaissance Italy, Israel and of course Syria itself is intercut with Arabic chant and oud improvisations in a recital of myriad hues; the rebab, vielle and ney echoing age-old themes of devotion, love and loss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 19 Jan. 2014
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I played this on a local World Music community radio program in my home city of Wagga Wagga NSW Australia with acceptance. By itself fairly sombre sounding music, but what artistry ! Great to hear something very different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Walker on 23 Aug. 2014
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The two Orient Occident albums are important additions to my music collection. Savall is not just a performer of "classical" music. Savall is an excellent interpreter of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Arnold on 7 Oct. 2014
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A wonderful collection of sound and song. Truly amazing.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Music of Solidarity 13 Dec. 2013
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
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Afghanistan, Serbia, Syria. Jordi Savall's introductory essay spells out his frustration at the apparent impotence and paralysis of governments in the face of both past and continuing human rights abuses throughout the world. His response is to attempt unification through music, both with his Pro Pacem project and through recordings such as this, which bring together musicians from inside and outside the areas of conflict in celebration (and sometimes lamentation) of a culture.

Orient-Occident II's accompanying book is an exquisitely illustrated companion to the recording. Alongside the pictures of 17c Ottoman ceramics, 14c Arab miniatures and 19c Syrian photographs we have a documentation of the recording itself. As in recent albums such as Balkan Spirit, Armenian Spirit and Orient-Occident 1200-1700 this took place high up in the hills beyond Barcelona at the Castle of Cardona, the ancient chapel providing a detailed yet warm acoustic. Virtuoso musicians from around the Mediterranean region join Jordi Savall in an intimate evocation of the essence of this antique Arabian land.

Music from Sephardic Spain, Renaissance Italy, Israel and of course Syria itself is intercut with Arabic chant and oud improvisations in a recital of myriad hues; the rebab, vielle and ney echoing age-old themes of devotion, love and loss. Instrumental music is balanced by vocal pieces, and it's in these particularly that the spectrum of sentiments is most fully realised, festivity and heartache often within touching distance of each other.

Despite possibly being conceived in a spirit of anguish and despair, Hommage à la Syrie is a reminder that an ancient heritage is bigger than any conflict, the qualities of resilience and hope inextinguishable by fundamentalist regimes of intolerance.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite 7 Jan. 2014
By LL - Published on Amazon.com
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I hope to compliment and continue the review posted by JB - December 2013. This music is for everyone, should be listened to repeatedly and savored for the soul. Jordi Savall has no equal. His colleagues in music are extraordinary and also a gift to the world. The interpretations are beautiful, sad, uplifting, mesmerizing, haunting. Yes - let us all seek peace for the world, but first start here and let this bring peace to you. I recommend: Orient-Occident I, Esprit d'Armenie, Istanbul, La Sublime Porte - Voix d'Istanbul, Esprit des Balkans,
and in advance Bal Kan - Honey and Blood (March 2014).

Orient-Occident
Armenian Spirit
Istanbul
La Sublime Porte - Voix d'Istanbul 1430 - 1750
Esprit des Balkans - Balkan Spirit
Bal-kan: Honey & Blood - Cycles of Life
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed the DVD 17 Feb. 2014
By Thalia Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew nothing about Syrian music and found this collection to give a good sampling of Syrian music as well as an excellent introduction to the overall history of this complex area. This collection was put together recently so there are comments about the current dreadful civil war. The notes are multilingual so you could have fun trying out your language skills. The songs are translated and cover civil and religious music. I have always enjoyed Hesperion products.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A better world with understanding 24 Jun. 2014
By ilse I schaler - Published on Amazon.com
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I have heard this music performed at the early music festival held in Boston 2013. Jordy Saval is not only a fine Musician he is also a champion for peace. His books , essays and recordings prove to be a passionate plea for understanding the diversities as well as the similarities of cultures in this world.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 10 Aug. 2014
By juan - Published on Amazon.com
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AN EXCELLENT WORK. I DIDNT EXPECTED SOMETINHG LIKE THAT.
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