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Under the Olive Tree

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magda
  • ASIN: B00020HC3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"...meditative, hypnotic feel, although the Middle Eastern rhythms subtly percolate underneath the wailing vocals and instrumental melodies."

Sing Out! Magazine

"...one of the finest albums created in recent years. A must, for fans of the [world music] genre.

Jack Mizrahi, "Hair" magazine, Tel Aviv, Israel

"...collection of intricately crafted prayers, love songs and laments, seamlessly threading one tradition into another. Fans of Middle eastern music will enjoy the music of Under the Olive Tree."

T.J Nelson, World Music Central.com

"...breathtakingly beautiful."

FOLKER magazine. Germany

"...complex arrangements and harmonies of the music played by a wonderful ensemble"

Massimo Ferro, RADIO VOCE SPAZIO Alessandria, Italy

"...beautiful--mesmerizing, enchanting, awakening."

Dr. Richard Chess, Director, The Center for Jewish Studies, The University of North Carolina at Asheville

"...The emotional peaks and valleys of this music are stunning, as the musicians totally capture and enthrall the listeners."

Lloyd Barda, president, Backroads music.com

"...Middle Eastern "chill out" in its finest."

Yediot Hakhronot, Tel Aviv , Israel
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The list of review excerpts is entirely accurate. The ensemble sets the tone of this album with a hauntingly sweet solo Armenian dudduk, which the ensemble soon joins into a nostalgic, slow dance. The oud continues the improvization, and before we are aware of it, we are transported to another place and time. The feeling and enchantment persists through the CD, whether clearly Israeli Jewish or Arab Sufi, or influenced by Turkish, Egypian, or Sefarad songs. The tempo is a fairly consistent andante, with an occasional allegro or largo. Do not expect rollicking dance music. The subtitle of "Sacred Music of the Middle East" is validated, for peace and brotherhood arises. Yuval Ron is a recipient of many grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation and has lectured extensively.
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I've heard Yuval Ron's Ensemble at a Cultural Festival in Juarez, Mexico. They had some CD's to sell with them but they went off right away...i could not get a chance to buy one at that time...Fortunetely i found it at Amazon and now im enjoying this beautiful music from middle east.
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Good recording of Middle Eastern tunes, although it didn't strike me as all that dynamic. Professionally performed, but, it seems to me, without an obvious zeal or spirituality. The tunes are mostly subdued, but some are very nice. Nothing too bold here, however. I get the sense that this is more or less just a going-through-the-paces recording destined for the Western esoteric market. Likely not a purchase that I would repeat.
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"Under the Olive Tree" by Yuval Ron is music that awakens your heart and soul. It is because that is the attunement of this outstanding musician and human being, Yuval Ron. Check out his website to get a glimpse of all that he does!

His ensemble is comprised of Jewish, Christian and Muslim musicians and vocalists, all accomplished in their instruments and in harmony with the work of spreading the message of peace.

This is one of my most favorite albums of all time and I can't imagine anyone would not love it, too.
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