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La Sublime Porte - Voix d'Istanbul 1430 - 1750 [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import]

Montserrat Figueras , Hesperion XXI , Jordi Savall , None Audio CD
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listen  1. Taksim & Makam (improv. & dance) "Uzzl usles Darb-i feht" 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Segh Kr "Kr-i Ses-vz" 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Song & Dance "Siretsi yares Taran-Noubar noubar" 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Por alli paso un cavallero (There passed that way a knight) 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Taksim & Makam (Improv. & Dance) "Bselik usles" 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hisar Agir Semai 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Taksim & Dance (Improv. & Dance) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Hebrac Prayer 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Taksim & Makam (Improv. & Dance) "Rehavi Cember" 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gazel (Improv.) 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Taksim & makam (Improv. & Dance) "hcz usules Devr-i Kebir" 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Punxa, punxa (sepharadic romance) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. El Rey que tanto madruga (sepharadic) 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hisar Buselik Sarki 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Painte "En Sarer II) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rast Rakis beste "Amed nesim-i" 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras
  • Orchestra: Hesperion XXI
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: None
  • Audio CD (November 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B005LL4U8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jordi Savall is a fearless performer who is fascinated with facilitating musical dialogues between Eastern and Western traditions. --Npr

Product Description

The Sublime Porte (Sublime Gate) was the name of the open court of the sultan, led by the Grand Vizier. It got its name from the gate to the headquarters of the Grand Vizier in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, where the sultan held the greeting ceremony for foreign ambassadors. It was an ancient Ottoman practice to make the gates of cities and kings palaces places of assembly. Later the name came to refer to the Empire s position as gateway between Europe and Asia. Following the success of the album Istanbul, Jordi Savall crosses new boundaries between Orient and Occident. This time, the vocal traditions of the Ottoman Empire, Armenia and the Jewish Diaspora are brilliantly resuscitated. Instrumental interludes enable us to enjoy this journey through time and space. In addition to Hespèrion XXI, this album features the elite of Turkish traditional musicians under the inspired direction of Maestro Savall.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El meu més sentit condol i lamenta compartida! January 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Montserrat Figueras García was born in March 1942, in Barcelona, Catalonia. I had no idea, until her tragic death of cancer in November of 2011, that she was just a few months younger than I am. She always seemed sensuously youthful, both in person and through her voice. I can't imagine not being able to hear ever new experiments and expansions of the concept of Early Music from her. The world is poorer.

In 1974 Figueras and her husband Jordi Savall formed Hespèrion XX, which quickly became on the the world's most popular early music ensembles. Jordi Savall rocketed to stardom after the release of the film Tous Les Matins Du Monde, a depiction of the French Baroque composer and viol da gamba virtupso Marin Marais. It was Savall's exquisite gamba playing in the soundtrack of that film which introduced most of "our" generation to that instrument. Figueras and Savall 'modernized' their ensemble as Hespèrion XXI, but they also diversified the repertoire enormously, creatively, fearlessly. Montserrat had always been deeply attracted to Sephardic and - for want of a better term - Hispano-Muslim music, for which her voice was superbly suited. She, Jordi, and their daughter Arianna recorded together in more recent years, including "modern" compositions and improvisations based on Early Music sensibilities and structures.

This recording will certainly push the expectations of long-time Hesperion XX fans. It's not more of the same; it's really Turkish. The performers include some of the most skilled performers of traditional Turkish music in combination with European-trained musicians. But it's also something other than 'modern' Turkish popular or traditional music. Luckily there are samples, so that you can decide for yourself whether you have a taste for exotic musical time travel.

Requiescat in pace, dilectissime vox.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! May 20, 2013
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I will be buying more copies of this excellent album for close friends.
The variety of beguiling music is making this one of my most played albums.
Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jordi Savall: The Sublime Gate - The Voices of Istanbul October 11, 2012
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A wonderful recording that has the ability to transport the listener. This is noteworthy music that compliments the atmosphere created by Burton's translation of 1001 [Arabian] nights.
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