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Orient-Occident [Import]

Turkish Anonymous , Alfonso X (el Sabio) , Sephardic Traditional , Spanish Traditional , Driss El Maloumi , Italian Anonymous , Khaled Arman , Dimitris Psonis , Yair Dalal , Jordi Saval Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Makam Rast "Murass'a" Usul Düyek (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu) 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ductia (Cantigas 248-353) (Alfonso X El Sabio, 1221-1284) 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A La Una Yo Nací (Sefarad / Sarajevo) 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Alba (Castelló De La Plana, Espagne) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Danse De L'Âme (Maroc / Driss El Maloumi) 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Istampitta: La Manfredina (Italia: Trecento Mss.) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Laïli Djân (Afghanistan, Perse) 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Istampitta: In Pro (Italia: Trecento Mss.) 8:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Danza Del Viento (Sefarad / Bereber, Algérie) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Istampitta: Saltarello I (Italia: Trecento Mss.) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Chahamezrab (Perse / Dimitris Psonis) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Danza De Las Espadas (Galicia, S.XIII, Espagne) 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Makam Nikriz Üsul Berevsân (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu) 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Istampitta: Saltarello II (Italia: Trecento Mss.) 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ya Nabat Elrichan - Magam Lami (Judeo-Iraquienne / Yair Dalal) 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rotundellus (Cantiga 105) (Alfonso X El Sabio) 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Makam Rast Semâ'I (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Istampitta: Lamento Di Tristano (Italia: Trecento Mss.) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Molâ Mâmad Djân (Afghanistan, Perse) 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Saltarello (Cantigas 77-119) (Alfonso X El Sabio) 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Makam 'Uzäl Sakil "Turna" (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu) 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Jordi Saval
  • Composer: Turkish Anonymous, Alfonso X (el Sabio), Sephardic Traditional, Spanish Traditional, Driss El Maloumi, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • ASIN: B000H0MNK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
By Russ
Format:Audio CD
Fans of Early Music should be familiar with Jordi Savall and his highly polished and innovative Hespèrion XXI ensemble. Savall's releases on the Alia Vox label are usually theme based and contain a highly varied, excellently performed program of Early Music works. This release is no exception. In comparison with other Early Music anthologies, the geographical and temporal focus of this release is broader, with songs having origins from, among other places, Spain, Afghanistan, Italy and Morocco; with the compositional time period ranging from the 13th to 17th century.

Those who have followed Savall's previous releases will note that the composition of the ensemble is quite different on this recording. There is no vocalist accompaniment and wind participation is limited to a single transverse flute. But there are some rather distinctive additions here. Ensemble participants, on this recording, include ouds (Middle-Eastern lutes), an Afghan rubab (a lute with sympathetic strings), a santur (an Iranian dulcimer-like instrument), a wide variety of percussion instruments, and a vielle (played by Savall).

The program itself features alternating sequences of Eastern and Western compositions, illuminating the differences and similarities between the musical styles of such cultures. Some of the Western pieces are taken from the "Cantigas de Santa Maria" cycle or have their origins in the Istampittas of Medieval Italy. Some of the Eastern compositions were taken from a manuscript entitled "The Book of the Science of Music through Letters" written by the Ottoman musicologist Dimitrie Cantemir, while others were probably carried forward from a strong oral tradition.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Music Between East and West February 8, 2007
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Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI are joined in this recording by seven musicians from Greece and Middle Eastern countries playing instruments that include the transverse flute, or tulak, the rubab, tablas, zir baghali and oud. I am a longtime admirer of Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI and was very much intrigued by the goal of this CD to present the music of the medieval East and West showing how different cultures would influence each other. A piece from the Middle East is paired with one from the West and, indeed, one needs to keep the booklet handy to tell if the music is from a Muslim, Christian or Jewish tradition. It is simply a pleasure to hear the sounds produced by the various Middle Eastern and ancient instruments: the exotic rhythms, the beat of the drums and dancing melodies are a treat.

The disc is nicely recorded as all of the Hesperion XXI recordings have been. My only wish would have been for more information about each of the works on the disc and it would have been interesting to know something about the seven instrumentalists who joined with Mr. Savall. What we have in the booklet is an overview by Jordi Savall that does not go too deeply into the music we are hearing. This aside, Orient-Occident is a disc not to be missed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the Gulf December 28, 2007
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Thanks to WFMT radio in Chicago, I was introduced to Hesperion XXI's re-
cording of Orient-Occident 1200-1700. The music is very listenable, the
packaging, which includes the art work and notes is both intelligent
and interesting. The concept and purpose of this album is Iberian music
from a time when three dominant cultures coexisted in something close to a golden age. To recreate a bygone time is folly, to remind ourselves
through music of the possibilities of peace in our time, is commend-
able. The selections are lively, beautiful plus sometimes exotic. The musicians perform expertly on period instruments. This album adds balance to my personal music collection; I'm certain it will do the same for yours. I heartily recommend Orient-Occident 1200-1700.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turkish Delight. February 13, 2007
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It's one thing to be told about the cultural exchanges that have taken place in the Mediterranean region, and another to actually hear some of them. Besides the lesser known sounds of Afghanistan and the Ottomon Empire, this recording contains some "covers" of European medieval material probably known to afficianados of the genre, but with a seductive Levantine accent that makes one wonder what Moslem-Christian-Jewish harmonies could yet be made on a political level given the richness of this musical experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Medieval & Later Mediterranean Music October 27, 2012
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I have been familiar with Hesperion XX & XXI and their early music CDs for years, so when I was looking for an album that had a similar feel as the Silk Road Ensemble's CDs (such as Silk Road Journeys - When Strangers Meet (Remastered)), I listened to the samples & bought Orient-Occident with no qualms. I haven't regretted it.

This is a fascinating and very "listen-to-able" album of instrumental music from about 1200 through around 1700 from countries around the Mediterranean and Middle East. The sound is exotic compared to much Western music, including pre-Baroque music, but I found it quite enjoyable to listen to, somehow both relaxing and energizing.

It is well-produced, with great clarity, and whatever device I've listened to it on, the MP3 album has sounded great. It's performed and produced with the same care as all of Hesperion & Jordi Savall's work.

This album is an excellent addition to an eclectic music collection. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds like the origins of Dead Can Dance
It sounds like the origins of Dead Can Dance. I wanted some music that would take me on a journey, this is it. Beautiful and rich in sound.
Published 1 day ago by robert neil smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD for a long drive
Published 2 months ago by Egypt Seven
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting music
First heard this being played at the Musee de Cluny in Paris -- very appropriate in that setting. Jordi Savall is a master of the viola da gamba and his choice of music here is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul M. Brinich
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice background
I like it, just better for a late night car ride or dinner background than a sit down and listen session.
Published 11 months ago by V. Kinghorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Orient - Occident
It is a beautiful album performed by artists of a very high standard. Jordi Saval's passion for music is inspirational.
Published on May 4, 2012 by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gateway Album
For me, this was an album that truly expanded my musical views beyond the west for good. A great place to start if you are looking for a new direction in your listening. Read more
Published on September 7, 2009 by G. Winford
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Listen to This!
A friend of mine told me once "The greatest works of art are those where the east meets the west." I'm not quite sure that this is true, but for this CD, I might agree. Read more
Published on September 1, 2009 by Ghazali
5.0 out of 5 stars Delayed Gratification
This had been 'suggested' to me for so long I was sick of seeing it. Also, how good could a collection covering 1300-1800 really be? Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by Weesel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The music is a wonderful mix of music from 1200 - 1700. Included is music from Italy, Afghanistan, Spain, Israel and Persia (Iran). Read more
Published on May 21, 2009 by Julia Madej
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion to medieval readings
Very pleasant music which would complement perfectly your readings on the period. It's like the "three musics of the Book." If you know what I mean, you should get it.
Published on March 4, 2009 by Hokulani Valencia
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