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Following up on the huge success of Orient-Occident and Jerusalem, prepare yourself to cross borders. This new release is mainly based on 'The Book of Science of Music,' published in 1710 by the Moldavian prince Dimitrie Cantemir, after many years spent in Istanbul. This unique manuscript enables us to discover rare jewels of Turkish traditional music. Jordi Savall already included some of the pieces from this collection in his album Orient-Occident, but he decided to explore it further in order to reveal the magic of the incredible city of Istanbul. This city portrait wouldn't have been complete without selections from the fascinating Armenian and Sephardic repertoire that was also familiar in Istanbul during this time. Once again, Maestro Savall sheds new light on a Golden Age of cultural dialogue, with the help of Hesperion XXI and outstanding Turkish and Armenian guest musicians. The result is a 'Jordi Savall' experience that goes far beyond music.

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listen  1. Taksim (Kanun, Vièle, Oud, Kemence Et Tanbur) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Der mak?m-? 'Uzzâl U??le? Devr-I Keb?r - Mss. Dimitri Cantemir (118) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Los Paxaricos (Isaac Levy I.59) - Maciço de Rosas (I.Levy III.41) 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Taksim (Kanun) 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Der Mak?m-? Muhayyer U??le? Muhammes (Mss. D.Cantemir 285) 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chant Et Danse (2 Duduk Et Percussion) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Taksim (Oud) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Der Mak?m-? Hüseyn? Semâ'î (Mss. D.Cantemir 268) 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. El Amor Yo No Savia (I.Levy II.80) 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Taksim (Lira) 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Der Mak?m-? ??ri Semâ'î (Mss. D.Cantemir 256) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lamento: Ene Sarére (2 Duduk) 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Madre De La Gracia (I. Levy III.29) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur, Santur Et Oud) 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Der Mak?m-? [Hüseyn?] U??le? Çenber (Mss. D.Cantemir 96) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Taksim & Makam «Esmkhetiet-Yis kou Ghimeten-Tchim Guichi» 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Taksim (Kanun, Tanbur Et Oud) 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Der Mak?m-? 'Uzzâl U??le? Berevsan (Mss. D.Cantemir 148) 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Venturoso Mançevo (I. Levy II.58) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Taksim (Kemence, Kanun, Oud Et Tanbur) 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Der Mak?m-? Hüseyn? Sak?l-i A?a R??? (Mss. D. Cantemir 89) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Conductor: Savall
  • Composer: various
  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B002GUJ15W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Like taking a trip in your own living room.
James L Brewer III
Jordi Savall, who is famous for his early music and concept albums, has brought together the sefardic, armenian and turkish musical streams and it really is excellent.
Aquinas
If you have any interest in expanding your musical horizons, therefore, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.
J. S. Bower

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on October 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I just love this recording, unconditionally.

I am a relatively late comer to the marvellous series of Alia Vox recordings of Jordi Savall, in which he offers eclectic historic, ethnic and world music collections with the Hesperion XXI- and other- groups. But now I have now grown seriously addicted!

This recent addition to the series - Instanbul, Dmitrie Cantemir and the Book of the Science of Music- sounds like a bit of a musicological nightmare, does it not? Wrong!

If I were to try to describe this recording with one word, that would probably be `impeccable' - sonically, musically and musicologically.

At the time of Cantemir, around 1670 to 1720, the Ottoman Empire had reached a cultural highpoint, before its eventual stagnation, decay and collapse. Crucially, it was open to a variety of civilisations and religions, with its music in particular open to strong Armenian and Sephardic traditions; after their expulsion from Spain in 1492, many Jews had settled in this relatively tolerant society.

This SACD offers music from this cultural melting pot: - often it is strange, bewitching and hypnotic, but it is never less than interesting. The playing, including that of many Turkish masters, is impeccable.

As with all the later DSD Alia Vox recordings I have heard this far, the sound from the SACD layers is quite beautiful; spacious, detailed, natural and refined.

There are two more aspects I must mention. This is clearly a labour of love, with a lush and informative multi-lingual booklet, beautifully researched and presented. In fact, this is relatively restrained; double or triple sets in this series are often presented in lavish books. Someone really cares about these recordings, evidently!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on March 4, 2010
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Anyone who has been to Istanbul, the great city between east and west with its mixture of Roman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture and art, should buy this album. Jordi Savall, who is famous for his early music and concept albums, has brought together the sefardic, armenian and turkish musical streams and it really is excellent. Take, for example, the second tune on the album which transmits huge amounts of energy. Buy this if you are interested in world music.
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52 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on February 5, 2010
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This recording is an essential step in the re-building of the common cultural stock that unifies our European and Mediterranean world. Apart from the fact that the first homo sapiens occupants (Cromagnon) of Europe were of Turkic culture and language (as shown in the most recent archaeological linguistic and cultural approaches of Europe), apart from the fact that in the old Nordic saga Sigurd (the ancestor of the Germanic Siegfried) we can find Attila the Hun, of Turkic language and culture, as the king of the European kingdom east of the old Burgundy and that Siegfried's widow is quite legitimate in her marrying him, thence transforming Attila's raids in the West as a re-conquering manoeuvre more than some barbaric looting adventures, the Ottoman Empire, in its golden age under Suleyman the Great was a harbour of peace and peaceful coexistence for the Ottoman Muslims, the Greek Orthodox Christians, the Sephardi tradition of the Jewish refugees from the Iberic Peninsula running away from the Catholic re-conquest, and the Armenian Christians. And this coexistence is most visible in the field of music. That's why this recording is essential even if Jordall decided not to separate the three main traditions, Moslem, Sephardi and Armenian. It makes the following of the various styles more difficult but it also gives us the feeling of a great tolerance that goes along with shifting from one tradition to the next without the slightest problem or conflict. French Ambassador Count Saint Priest said: "Most of the Great Sultan's musical retainers [...] who are the musical elite of the Turkish Empire, are of Greek, Jewish or Armenian origin". The first remark I will do on this music is about its rhythmic nature.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobby W. VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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Pretty much anything by Jordi Savall is a safe bet, and downloads of his albums on Amazon are about half the price of the CDs.

If you are open to something different, this music is a good alternative to your usual listening choices. May be helpful as a winding-down-the-day selection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 19, 2013
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Jordi Savall really nails it for what I've been looking for with the music on this cd. I'm always looking for music that sounds like it came from 2,000 years ago and I have just loved how Jordi Savall accomplishes this. I love ancient music and bellydancing: this cd is an answer to both of those. His music is time and time again beautiful. I love listening to this cd when I'm meditating, driving, bellydancing, sleeping, etc. Definitely worth the $18 especially with how difficult it is to find an available way to purchase his cds in the U.S. If you like Jordi, I would also recommend his other cds and his daughter, Arianna. Gorgeous voice and musical talent with her as well.
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By Orlando on December 27, 2013
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Savall and his colleagues have done it again: this is a fascinating collection of music that is not generally heard, from a cultural frontier between Europe and Asia. The sounds are unusual but also very engaging and attractive. Don't think of this as music for 'specialists' because it can be enjoyed by anyone with an open ear and an enquiring mind.
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