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A REAL COLLECTOR'S PIECE
on 17 January 2009
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.