Splendour of Al-Andalus
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Andalucia is the most southwesterly province in Spain and therefore the one under control of the Moors for the longest time. The latter of the two albums specifically offers us music of `Arab-Andalusian Music of the 12th to the 15th centuries', after which the Moors were kicked out of Spain by Isabella and Ferdinand. As I listen to this specifically Arab music, I hear virtually nothing which tells me that it is music performed in Spain. It is certainly old, but not too different from the Arab music I hear on Sunday's on my local NPR radio station. You can almost hear the influences of the Levant which are shared by both Arab and Israeli musical styles. I am constantly looking around to find the sources of all the clicks and rattles as I do my gardening with Walkman in full throat. Turns out, it is all from the rich family of Middle Eastern percussion instruments on this album. Looking at the names of the tracks, they too all seem to be in a Latinized spelling of a Middle Eastern language.
The first album of Medieval dances with largely the same instruments and a very similar ensemble sounds quite different. This music is quintessentally European Renaissance, with strong similarities to other recordings of Renaissance music by French, English, Dutch, German, and Italian influenced performers. The titles to these pieces have a much more pronouncedly Spanish look to them.Read more ›
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Very interesting music. Good sound, not the spectacular kind, more in the "natural" way, no harshness at all ....
Highly recommended !!
a very great cd very nice music to listen to we loved it we will shop again in your storePublished on January 9, 2013 by jaime jasso
This music takes the listener into a particular beauty......under the stars of a clear, warm night---- into a different time and place.. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Anonymous
It all began almost three years ago... I was travelling by aeroplane from Brussels to Madrid, and from there, by train, to Sevilla. Read morePublished on September 27, 2005 by Pater Ecstaticus