Sephardic music

Songs of the Spanish Jews
Ensemble Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) 05472 77372 2 [CD]
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) "Splendeurs" 93564


    Balkans and Ottoman Empire
  1. Una ramika de ruda
  2. A kasar el rey
  3. Morikos
  4. Nani nani

  5. Mediterranean
  6. Quien huviesse tal ventura
  7. Abenamar
  8. La rosa enflorese

Performers: Fadia El-Hage (voice), Belinda Sykes (voice, shawms, bagpipes), Mustafa Dogan Dikmen (ney, percussion, voice), Ihsan Mehmet Özer (psaltery), Ahmed Kadri Rizeli (fiddle, percussion), Mehmet Cemal Yesilcay ('ud, djura, percussion), Vladimir Ivanoff (percussion, 'ud, lute)

Playing time: 51'

Recording date: 1994 (Beirut, Istanbul, Munich)

[1], [5], [6] RCA "Red Seals" 82876 60986 2 [CDx4] Trésors - Moyen-Âge

This recording is subtitled "Living Traditions of the Orient" and is supposed to be followed up with "Medieval Spain and the Hispanic tradition." The present recording reflects the dual diaspora: toward Turkey in the East, or remaining in the Western Mediterranean, and is reflected today in two distinct modern traditions.

And keep in mind that this music is distinctly modern. The opening track, for instance, is audibly influenced by the Turkish styles of Central Asia, i.e. completely post-Ottoman. There is a nice range of styles here, reflected both in the vocal tone and the instrumental accompaniment.

The present ensemble's other recordings:

Dream of the Orient
Concerto Köln - Werner Ehrhardt / Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Archiv Produktion 474 193
Ballads of the Sephardic Jews
Fadia El-Hage / Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Dorian 93190
Ensemble Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Jaro 4151
Music of the Emperors
Friedrich II / Palermo - Timur Leng / Samarkand
Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Jaro 4156
Llibre Vermell de Montserrat
Medieval Pilgrim Songs from Spain
Ensemble Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
VIA 417122
Fallen Women
Women as Composers and Performers of Medieval Chant
Sarband - Vladimir Ivanoff
Jaro 4210
Danse Gothique
Music by Satie & Machaut
Sarband / Edition L'Orient Imaginaire - Vladimir Ivanoff
Jaro 4229
Sacred Bridges
Rossi / Goudimel / Genevan Psalter / Ufki / Sweelinck
The King's Singers / Sarband
Signum 065

And a related ensemble:

Labyrinth - Medieval and Bulgarian Music
L'Orient Imaginaire - Vladimir Ivanoff
Teldec 0630-11756
Alla Turca
L'Orient Imaginaire - Vladimir Ivanoff
Teldec 3984-24573

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Todd M. McComb