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To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul

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  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Honest Jon's Records
  • ASIN: B003E3ZKZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,868 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Udi Neset Bey - Setaraban Taksim
  2. Selanikli Apti Efendi - Sende Acep
  3. Agyazar Efendi - Murat Kenarinda
  4. Eyyubi Mustafa Sunar Bey - Evç Ara Taksim
  5. Hafiz Cemal Bey - Feryat
  6. Fikriye Hanim - Ateslik Eder
  7. Hafiz Asir Efendi - Kesik Kerem
  8. Udi Nevres Bey - Aksam Oldu
  9. Eyyubi Mustafa Sunar Bey - HÃÂ1/4zzam Taksim
  10. Aleko Bacanos Efendi - Segah Taksim
  11. MÃÂ1/4serref Hanim - Kim Derdi Ki
  12. Kamil Efendi - Hicaz Taksim 1
  13. Hafiz Sami - Derdime Vakif Degilim
  14. Nubar Bey & Ibrahim Bey - Hicazkar Pesrev
  15. Hafiz Mahmut Bey - BÃÂ1/4lbÃÂ1/4lÃÂ1/4n Ezeli
  16. Yorgo Bacanos Efendi - Milli Yegah Taksim
  17. Emin Taninmis Efendi - Rast Taksim
  18. Neyzen Tevfik Efendi - HÃÂ1/4seyni Taksim
  19. Udi Neset Bey - Nihavent Taksim
  20. Balikesirli Tanburi Fuat Bey & Nezihe Hanim - Ninni
  21. Nafi Bey - Derdime Vakif Degilim
  22. Kanuni Artaki Efendi - Sehnaz Taksim
  23. MÃÂ1/4nir Nurettin Bey - Madem Ki Vardi Hicran
  24. Yozgatli Hafiz SÃÂ1/4leyman Bey - Ben Nasil Ah Etmeyeyim
  25. Tanburi Ibrahim Bey - HÃÂ1/4zzam Taksim
  26. Kemani Nubar Tekyay - HÃÂ1/4seyni Taksim (LP only)
  27. Hafiz Cemal Bey - Yare Varsin
  28. Anastas Efendi - Nihavent Taksim
  29. Udi Marko Çolakoglu Efendi - Hacer-ÃÂ1/4l Esved Imis
  30. Yorgo Bacanos Efendi - HÃÂ1/4seyni Taksim
  31. Belkis Hanim - Eyvah O Benim Talihime
  32. Refik Fersan Bey - Milli Yegah Taksim
  33. Sevket Bey - HÃÂ1/4seyni Kuzu
  34. Eyyubi Mustafa Sunar Bey - Hicaz Taksim

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The music here is so transfixing, intensely devotional and sublimely beautiful, that some contemporary listeners thought they were levitating. Drawn from recordings made in Istanbul by the Gramophone Company and HMV, during the first three decades of the twentieth century, amidst the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, it crosses and mixes the folk and classical heritage of Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Gypsies, Muslims, Christians and Jews, urbanites and country people, and the demands of tradition and modernity, musical improvisation, composition and system. Most of the singers are hafiz, versed in a musical reading of the Koran, and renowned for mastery of the exalted, improvisatory form of the gazel. There are several magnificent examples here, by legendary artists. Three of our gazelhans beautifully interpret folk songs, and another contributor, the folklorist Agyazar Efendi, sings a long Armenian air with utter authenticity, but in the style of a gazel. Exemplifying the new political freedoms of the Republic, there are two heart melting female vocal performances of a kind of art song called sarki. Also featured is the taksim, a kind of improvisation in which one off musical fireworks, designed to ravish the listener's soul, illuminate deep fluency in the makam. A who's who of the pre eminent instrumentalists of this first halfcentury of Turkish recording, in performances which are simply stunning- breath taking, exquisite and other worldly.


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