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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • ASIN: B0000007W9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Suleyman the Magnificent is the soundtrack for the film of the same name which focuses on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire. Sultan Suleyman reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. His was a golden age of art and architecture. Brian Keane's soundtrack embodies this historic sense of greatness and splendor. The music is at once exciting and profound. Keane has brilliantly scored traditional Turkish melodies and his own original melodies from a combination of authentic Turkish instruments. These instruments include the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute--a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads). The film aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and the Ohio State Film Festival awards. It was produced in conjunction with the opening of an art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for which major funding for the film was provided by the Republic of Turkey.

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Suleyman the Magnificent is the seminal album of Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Brian Keane, where Turkish traditionalism met American atmospherics. Tekbilek was a Turkish immigrant who was playing belly-dancing music with his group, the Sultans. Keane was a producer of pop and jazz and a notable guitarist. While scoring his soundtrack to the documentary, Suleyman the Magnificent, Keane wanted some authentic Turkish sounds to accompany this tale of the Ottoman Empire and one of its sultans. He got that and more with Tekbilek. From the opening forlorn cry of the kaval flute on "Scenes of Istanbul," the music here (all based on traditional modes and rhythms, but most of it original) conjures up ancient palaces and desert plains. Keane adds subtle synthesizer pads to some songs, but most of them feature Tekbilek wailing across a kinetic percussion bed or blowing some of the most serene melodies this side of heaven. --John Diliberto

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Excellent sound and musicianship.
Mary L Borelli Bean
Brian Keane is one of my favorite tastes of the middle east, along with Michael Danna, Omar Tekbilek and Hossam Ramzy.
HOT MIX
Recommend it to anyone who likes unusual music for a change of pace.
E. M. Gilbert

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Wonderfully evocative of the Ottoman Empire in the days of its greatness under Suleiman "The Lawgiver". One of my favourites is track 16 played on the Turkish flute, the Ney, called "The Gate of Heaven" - it absolutely reeks of mystery. Buy this CD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Amazing, wonderful for middle eastern dance. It's good to watch the video for which it is the soundtrack to understand the swirling emotions and destinies of it's characters. I have worn out my tape, I love painting to it and dancing to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HOT MIX on July 16, 2005
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Brian Keane is one of my favorite tastes of the middle east, along with Michael Danna, Omar Tekbilek and Hossam Ramzy. I recommend these artists if you want to create an ambience of another world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 2, 2010
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A soundtrack to a documentary, this album nevertheless is able to stand alone. Ottoman themes, Turkish instruments, strong drum rhythms, a wide variety of sounds from ney flute, tanbur, baglama, and guitar lutes, rabab spiked fiddle, and zither, and vocals provide a richly ornamented Oriental tapestry. Brian Keane's occasional synthesizers do not distract and provide a harmonic drone. Most of the brief tracks together create an atmosphere. Some pieces are dances; others are formal works in traditional modes, still others are traditional folk tunes. At the end, we feel as if we spent a day in an Istanbul bazaar, fragrant with spices and hookah smoke, luxuriant in colorful clothing and glistening metallic wares, and in the distance the courtyard of the Caliph, with its echoing music beckoning us forward. Yes, this album is a journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zekeriyah VINE VOICE on May 22, 2006
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Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Brian Keane, Dincer Dalkilic and Emin Gunduz, this CD provides a soundtrack to the film Suleyman the Magnificent. And what a wonderful job it does. The music captures the mood and feel of the royal courts of the 16th century Ottoman Empire. From the stately, dignified "Istanbul'dan Goruntuler" to the lively "Egeli Gemici" and "Kuzeydeki Koy" to the classical sounding "Rast Medhal" and "Hicaz Taksimi" to the mystical "Mevlana", each song carries with a deep, beautiful ambience. The use of classical instruments such as the ney, kevel, kanun, rabab, tanbur, def, darbuka and saz (sometimes accompanied by Tekbilek's own vocals) suits the film wonderfully. I'm glad that I bought this CD, and strongly advise anyone who loves classical and religious Turkish music to do the same (and, for that matter, to see the film as well).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoe J. Molloy on February 12, 2007
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I ordered this Suleyman The Magnificent CD because of the item description and I wasn't disappointed! It's a wonderful soundtrack for those who enjoy Middle Eastern music. Now I want to see the documentary that this was written for!
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