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on 12 March 2014
I would recommend this book and CDs to anyone with an interest in traditional music, both sung and instrumental.

The music is diverse and the book is a hardcover tome in multiple languages, include English, French, German, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, Serbian, Italian, Castillian Spanish, Catalan and Russian. The actual book content is not huge as it is obviously replicated in each language, but there are photos of the various regions associated, the musicians, and lovely illustrations. The three CDs are slotted into the front and back covers, so it might be worth getting a soft sleeve for the CDs themselves at some point, in case they stick to the cardboard ones.

If you, a friend or relative is learning an instrument or musical style associated with the Balkans, this might be a nice gift. Some instruments featured include the oud, a lyra/lira, tambura, any hammered dulcimer, accordion, any end-blown traditional flute, and a number of more common instruments played in regional styles.

Anyway, I'm not learning any instrument: I just like the music. There's plenty of variety and to find a collection like this is great!
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on 4 January 2015
I am a big fan of Jordi Savall and his many collaborations. I particularly enjoy following his musical journeys through the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. This three disc set did not disappoint in any way and was an absolute delight. If anyone wants to know why the music of Eastern Europe sounds so distinctive this set will give you a scholarly but very accessible introduction.
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on 18 December 2014
I've just reviewed three other sets in this beautiful format,book and discs etc. by this man, and this is my least favorite. Worry not, that means it is only wonderful, not amazingly wonderful.
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on 1 March 2014
This is a fabulous set, the book is very informative with beautiful illustrations. The music is a delight from start to finish - I have listened to it virtually non-stop!
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on 10 October 2015
Classic Jordi's Savall. Excellent musicianship and a really interesting selection of Balkan music. Really atmospheric and as with all Alia Vox recordings, the audio quality is superb.
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on 27 March 2015
Sadly I found this works just the same as the Francisco Javier - La Ruta de Oriente; lacking any bright playing producing a droll.
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