domenica 27 luglio 2014

Orient-Occident 1200-1700

21 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 118Mb

This program features alternating sequences of Eastern and Western compositions, illuminating the differences and similarities between the musical styles of such cultures. Some of the Western pieces are taken from the "Cantigas de Santa Maria" cycle or have their origins in the Istampittas of Medieval Italy. Some of the Eastern compositions were taken from a manuscript entitled "The Book of the Science of Music through Letters" written by the Ottoman musicologist Dimitrie Cantemir, while others were probably carried forward from a strong oral tradition.

Orient-Occident 1200-1700 is superb, it really is. The cultural exchange that creates the unique blend of elements experienced here almost seems to fill in the blanks of the old source music. For example, here is heard a much richer Lamento di Tristano than we are used to, and if these ears were more naturally attuned to the sound of a Turkish Makam such as Uzal Sakil "Turna," perhaps the impression would be much the same. By bringing these elements -- instruments, surviving texts, and expert players -- together, we get a full menu of the flavor of traditional Mediterranean music, as it might have been known to a traveler in a time before there was conflict between these cultures on a large scale.

Anyone who loves world music should know this album, despite its presence on a classical label and the early music pedigree of much of the material. Orient-Occident 1200-1700 is more than just a historical survey or a period performance, it's a genuine work of musical humanism that is bigger than music, or musicianship itself, that attempts to reach out to warring societies with a reminder of common interests and history. As music, though, Orient-Occident 1200-1700 is endlessly fascinating, rhythmically revitalizing, and a dazzling show all the way around. While many AliaVox releases are excellent, Orient-Occident 1200-1700 is essential even on the date of its first release.


1. Makam Rast "Murass'a" Usul Düyek (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu)
2. Ductia (Cantigas 248-353) (Alfonso X El Sabio, 1221-1284)
3. A La Una Yo Nací (Sefarad / Sarajevo)
4. Alba (Castelló De La Plana, Espagne)
5. Danse De L'Âme (Maroc / Driss El Maloumi)
6. Istampitta: La Manfredina (Italia: Trecento Mss.)
7. Laïli Djân (Afghanistan, Perse)
8. Istampitta: In Pro (Italia: Trecento Mss.)
9. Danza Del Viento (Sefarad / Bereber, Algérie)
10. Istampitta: Saltarello I (Italia: Trecento Mss.)
11. Chahamezrab (Perse / Dimitris Psonis)
12. Danza De Las Espadas (Galicia, S.XIII, Espagne)
13. Makam Nikriz Üsul Berevsân (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu)
14. Istampitta: Saltarello II (Italia: Trecento Mss.)
15. Ya Nabat Elrichan - Magam Lami (Judeo-Iraquienne / Yair Dalal)
16. Rotundellus (Cantiga 105) (Alfonso X El Sabio)
17. Makam Rast Semâ'I (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu)
18. Istampitta: Lamento Di Tristano (Italia: Trecento Mss.)
19. Molâ Mâmad Djân (Afghanistan, Perse)
20. Saltarello (Cantigas 77-119) (Alfonso X El Sabio)
21. Makam 'Uzäl Sakil "Turna" (Turquie, Mss. De Kantemiroglu)

 Hesperion XXI

Driss El Maloumi (oud)
Dimitris Psonis (santur, saz)
Yair Dalal (oud)

Pedro Estevan (darbouka, tambor, pandereta, riq-gunga)

Khaled Arman (rubâb)
Osman Arman (tulak flute)

Seiar Hashimi (tablas & zirbaghali)
Jordi Savall (viola, rebab, lira, director)

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