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Scheherazade

Al ContiAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Al Conti is a GRAMMY® nominated composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. On May, 2013, Al released his new album, The Blue Rose, on the Shadowside Music label, and it immediately rose to the top #1 spot on the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Top 100 chart for two consecutive months. The album also reached #3 on the ZMR Top 100 Airplay Chart for 2013. His album Northern Seas ... Read more in Amazon's Al Conti Store

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shadowside Music
  • ASIN: B001BZQUZC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alluring sounds of guitar, piano, dulcimer, exotic hurdy gurdy, sitar, tribal drums and other Middle Eastern percussion fill this musical landscape to tell one woman's triumphant story like it has never been told before.

From the first note to the last, Al Conti's album brings together exotic instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, udu, sitar and tablas as well as violins and cellos, moving ambient vocals and soulful guitar solos.

Scheherazade topped the New Age Reporter's Top 100 chart at #1 for three consecutive months in October, November and December 2008, garnered four NAR Lifestyle Music Awards nominations including Album of the Year and won the Best World Album Award of 2008.

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Conti's latest release sounds like a literal follow-up to Spheeris' most ambitious album (and my personal favorite from among his many recordings) Culture. Scheherazade has that same culture-fusing new age/world beat music, featuring high production values, solid instrumentation, a mixture of romance, mystery, and drama, as well as the same likable accessibility that make Culture such a delight. In short, this is a great CD and if you enjoy instrumental music played on keyboards, guitar, wind instruments, and percussion, with a strong Mediterranean/North African/Middle Eastern influence, you need to grab onto a copy of this. --Bill Binkelman - New Age Reporter

For his third album, Al Conti takes as his theme the 'Arabian Nights' stories, as told by Scheherazade to the sultan to keep him from executing her. The theme provides Conti with a reason to investigate Middle Eastern styles and instruments. Those instruments are not detailed in the CD package, but clearly include an Indian tabla and other percussion instruments from the Middle East and Asia Minor, as well as sitar. To these, Conti overdubs Western string instruments, various keyboards, and guitar. (André Maquera plays guitar on one track, 'A Thousand Tales.') There are also wordless vocals here and there, and, on 'Palace Gardens,' nature sounds of water and birds.

The effect the composer/performer gets is both rhythmic and soothing, appropriate for music to accompany those intriguing stories that kept a monarch up so many nights. Of course, the music can be enjoyed for purposes of relaxation, meditation, and background mood setting, whether one is cognizant of the inspiration behind it or not. --All Music Guide

Beautiful, mystical, sensual, warm, inviting all that we would expect from the mythical Sheherazade who lends her name to this album. Given Rimsky-Korsakov s legendary and beautiful treatment of the 1,001 Arabian Night tales, I wondered at giving another musical work the same name, but Al Conti pulls it off in the way he approaches his subject. Subtlety and grace are evident in every cut, as well as seductive rhythms with which the album begins. Over the course of the album, more of a new age influence takes over, reaching its peak in the final and most serene cut, Heart Triumphant. This is the soft and wistful side of the storyteller, and a wonderful album to dream to. What amazed me in this offering was the lack of self-consciousness in the music (as well as the performance), and the quality of the language, which over the course of the album seemed to encompass all that is melodic in the various languages of our planet. I believe these songs. The shape of the tones and words are evocative and expressive without involving left brain comprehension. The back-up musicians are also excellent, and take the term world music to a new level. --Mark Abushady - Creations Magazine


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From MainlyPiano February 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"Scheherazade" is an instrumental portrait of the narrator of the legendary "1001 Arabian Nights." Hypnotic and exotic, the music weaves its own magic as it tells Scheherazade's tale. Her story revolves around an Arabian sultan or king who was betrayed by his first wife. Determined to never again be hurt by love, the sultan vows to marry a new bride every night and have her executed in the morning. This soon takes a terrible toll on the population of young women in the kingdom, so Scheherazade offers herself as the king's next bride. After a night of passion, Scheherazade tells her new husband a story before they go to sleep, the first of the "1001 Tales." She entrances him with her story, but stops before the end. Desperate to hear the rest of the story, the king allows her to live another day. She does this night after night until the king finally realizes he is in love with her.

Al Conti has done a superlative job of creating a fusion of world music with a strong Middle Eastern flavor. Utilizing traditional instruments from Persia, Arabia, and India, Conti adds piano, guitar, violin, and electronic keyboards to the rich blend, creating a musical palette with a wide range of colors. Born and raised in Argentina, Conti has traveled extensively and lived in several parts of the world. He has had an acting career on American television, in commercials, and onstage in the US and abroad. "Scheherazade" is his third album. It is impossible to not think of Yanni's early work when listening to parts of this album with its passion and unbridled joy in making music. I'm hooked!

"Scheherazade" begins with "Daughter of the City," a magical piece that sets the stage. Exotic sounds and rhythms surround a simple but seductive melody played on the piano.
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AL CONTI
SCHEHERAZADE
Shadowside Music

SCHEHERAZADE (pronounced sheh-hair-uh-zahd) is the name of the narrator of the legendary age-old tales "One-Thousand-and-One Arabian Nights." Multi-instrumentalist Al Conti chose her name as the title of his new instrumental album and he attempts to tell her story through music. You may remember she was supposed to be put to death, but tells the king a new story every night without the ending so each time he lets her live another day. The album contains ten original world-fusion tunes utilizing the sounds of exotic instruments (hurdy gurdy, udu, sitar, tablas and tribal drums), but making the music appealing to modern audiences by also incorporating piano, violin, cello and acoustic guitar. The famous Arabian Nights tales originated throughout Persia, Arabia and India more than 1,100 years ago, so it makes sense that Conti gives the music a Middle Eastern ambience. The music resonates with listeners, especially radio programmers, because the CD quickly hit #1 on the international New Age Reporter airplay charts. If you like tunes with strong melodies, new age music with some foreign-land sounds incorporated, and music that subtly tells a story, check out Al Conti's third album. It will be very interesting to hear what he comes up with next.
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Titled after the legendary Arabian heroine who stopped a sultan's slaughter of his brides by marrying him and telling him an unfinished story each night, so that he would spare her the next day to hear the end of the story, Al Conti's "Scheherazade" is a musical album composed to weave its own, instrumental interpretation of Scheherazade's legend. The songs each embody a stage of her journey, from traveling to the sultan's palace to sharing passion with him, finding a quiet place in the gardens during the day to think up each new tale, and finally teaching the sultan's cold heart how to love once more. The haunting music bears a Middle Eastern influence from exotic instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, udu, sitar, tablas, and tribal drums, seamlessly blended with contemporary Western instruments such as piano, violin, cello, and acoustic guitar. A feast for the auditory senses, passionate, wondrous, and highly recommended as a gift for music lovers as well as for public library music CD collections. The tracks are Daughter of the City (4:41), Desert Nights (5:54), Shahryar (4:36), Seven Veils to Midnight (5:11), Dunyazad (4:53), A Thousand Tales (4:41), Palace Gardens (5:19), Gold and Spices (5:09), Eternal Majesty (6:03), and Heart Triumphant (4:45). 51 minutes, 23 seconds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical Fairy Tale November 6, 2009
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I remember one day when I was 10 years old that my grade school teacher talked about the composer Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade; and how he told the story by painting a musical picture. My family didn't have a record player but my aunt did and she had a copy of Scheherazade she got from some record club she belonged to. So for the next 2 weeks, every day after school, I went to my aunt's and stood in front of her record player wearing out her copy of Scheherazade. That was 45 years ago that the classical Scheherazade was etched upon my memory forever and continues to be one of my favorite pieces of music.

When I ran across Al Conti's Scheherazade I was interested and purchased a copy and I'm glad I did. I love the Arabian and other world-culture sounds that Conti uses to weave his modern tale of Scheherazade. If you love world and new age music then you should get a copy of Scheherazade today.
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Love the music of Al Conti.
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Enjoyable music to relax listening to.
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More great music by Al Conti. Relax and go with the sound it will transport you to other places.
Published 3 months ago by archy 17
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!!!
I have loved this music since I was very young, and now I have it! A person can hear Scheherazade's soft voice in the violins; it is very soft and captivating. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DC Ranger
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music
I heard selections from this cd on Pandora and was enticed to purchase the entire collection. The Cd was not a disappointment!
Published 5 months ago by Jasmin Jahal
5.0 out of 5 stars Scheherazade. Al Conti.
Contains the songs that are beautiful to listen to. With percussion. Is wonderful. The composition of opera, instrumental music, is perfect. Beautiful voice.
Published 11 months ago by ceolin
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT I HOPED IT WOULD BE
This is a great CD. The music is exactly what I wanted for relaxation and meditation. Very well produced. You won't be disappointed. Ancient and haunting, for sure.
Published 15 months ago by Fiona5178
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Music
I now have 3 of Al Conti's CDs. Each one is unique in its own way. Scheherazade can easily transport you into the dream world of 1001 nights. Would higjly recommend it. Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scheherazade
The music on this CD is absolutely beautiful. It transports you to a wonderful place I highly recommend this CD
Published on December 29, 2009 by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
This is absolutely beautiful music; I highly recommend this CD to anyone with great taste or who just wants to broaden their horizons. It's enchanting!
Published on October 13, 2009 by leikeila
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