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The Art of the 'Ud
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've heard a fair few so-so albums in this genre. But this is definitely not one of them. It's scintillating and brilliant, intense and totally unflashy. Just an oud with no accompaniment. I love it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD could have just as well been called "The Soul of the Oud", but since the music that fills it emerges from a place where instrumental technique has already become a transparent voice for something altogether undefinable, "Art" will do just as well.

Like the other guy said, get it now and profess your gratitude later.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album can be a great introduction to the world of Arabic maqams, as well as to Munir Bashir's music. Eight of them are presented here with the masterful performance of this legendary oud player.

Bashir is not really in his usual style here, his music seems rather more traditional and conservative. Anyway, a must-have for any oud fan.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2003
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Mr. Bashir allows us eight pieces of timelessness. Ancient emotional visionary instrumental music. If you enjoy great musicianship, married to deep soulfulness, buy this today and thank me later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Munir Bachir is known for his mastery of the highly regarded Iraqi style of playing. Many of his albums feature lengthy pieces, while this one has shorter tracks, each exploring a different maqam. Although it works as soothing background and meditation music, it is, foremost, secular art music very similar to Western lute music. This is music worth paying attention to. Invest forty minutes of your time. The liner notes are extensive and informative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2008
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Often in the world music arena one has to have some exposure to various works to enjoy them. This one will be easily assimilated by those who enjoy string instruments. I would recommend sampling the CD before you buy to ensure it is what you are looking for.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2003
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Excellent renderings on the Oud. I highly recommend this CD for any world music collection.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2004
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This musuc has been featured in Microsoft Encarta before. I listen to it during homeschooling. It's really soothing.
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