Michael Levy, a talented musician, has done an excellent job of reviving the music of the ancient world. I can only imagine the ancient Greek symposium where philosophical debates (and drinking) took place whilst being entertained by beautiful music such as this. Or when epics such as Homer's Iliad & Odyssey were sung to the lyre. I am extremely grateful for stumbling onto his work.
Michael Levy has given us a musical treat. Of the 12 items on the album, 6 are reconstructions of what ancient Greek music played on the lyre might be like, and the other 6 are his original compositions for the instrument. General listeners might find the latter more accessible, as they are influenced by modern musical tastes, but if you have an interest in historical pieces the other six are well worth listening to. Mr. Levy, though not a formally trained musician, is passionate about the instrument and the music that went with it. His website, ancientlyre.com, has ample evidence of his scholarship. If you listen to the samples, you'll find that his mastery of the instrument is clear and his musical sensitivity and talent are also evident. In terms of his technique as well as sense of melody and rhythm, the pieces are intriguing. I hope you find them as enjoyable as I have.
This music is absolutely beautiful. The Lyre creates splendid music and has no need to be accompanied by any other instrument. Michael Levy is a Godsend! I think I have played this album 50 times already in the short time I have had it. It is so relaxing and transcending. I would give it 10 stars if I were able. Great music performed by a very talented Lyre player and composer. Awesome!
This music is beautiful in its richness and simplicity. The subtleties and concentration are something that is long lost in music, and which, by Michael Levy's handling, are restored in rich sounds from an ancient era. It is music for thinkers, it is genuine music for people who do not wish to be swayed by pathos.
I personally appreciate the ancient Dorian and Phrygian modes - which are the modes conducive to thought and motion - and asked Michael for a custom CD containing these modes. I am very satisfied with the quality, and I find my concentration and spirit are complemented by such harmonies.
I always imagine myself sitting in a courtyard in Mesopotamia or Greece when I listen to this music. These musical pieces have been reconstructed, incredibly enough, from cuneiform tablets and other archaeological treasures and have been performed on musical instruments resurrected from the past. Michael goes into detail to explain the meticulous reconstruction of the lyres and other string instruments just as they were made thousands of years ago. These CDs are the product of a labor of love and devotion from the combined efforts of top notch archaeologists and musicians. How privileged we are, to hear for the first time in thousands of years, the very music once heard in the leisure moments in the courts of ancient times.
I am a graduate student in Classical Studies, and my research assistant work involves making educational videos on ancient topics for our department.
I first encountered Mr. Levy’s music on Youtube while looking for a suitable backing track, and I was blown away by how haunting and lovely his compositions are. Despite being in the field, I’d never heard more beautiful lyre music in ancient Greek modes. I not only used a medley of Mr. Levy's music for our department’s video, but now listen to his albums while I’m studying for exams or relaxing.
The First Delphic Hymn To Apollo in particular lent a wonderful tone to our video. I’ll personally always associate it with my bus rides to school, doing Greek flashcards and studying through the summer. Mr. Levy’s music is a wonderful resource for specialists and fans of the ancient world alike.
I first found Michael Levy's music by watching one of his YouTube videos that had him playing ancient Greek melodies. His website showed he had recorded much of his music and released it. This collection includes ancient melodies and melody fragments as well as some compositions written within Ancient Greek Modes. "Epitaph of Seikilos" is a well-known (for ancient music, anyway) piece that is beautifully rendered here. Levy's playing is able to capture the emotion and longing underneath and through the music, not simply "hitting all the notes". Despite being carefully and thoroughly researched, there is nothing clinical or overly analytical about Levy's music; all pieces are played with passion and delicacy. A true find!