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'Granada 1013-1502'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Granada 1013-1502'

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'Granada 1013-1502'

Lior Elmaleh sngr Waed Bouhassoun, Driss El Maloumi sgrs/oud La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hesperion XXI / Jordi Savall Alia Vox (F) [SACD] AVSA9915 (79' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

The indefatigable Jordi Savall continues to unite musicians from East and West as he traverses five centuries of musical traditions in Granada, a city he describes as 'one of the most important and admired cities in Muslim Andalusia'. The majority of performances on this new album were recorded live in 2013 at a concert in the Alhambra Palace to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Granada's foundation. Arranged in chronological order from the foundation of Granada in the Zirid period to the Castilian rule when Muslims were forced to convert to Catholicism, the programme begins with rejoicing--the invocation qamti be-lshon Layla (Song of Songs)--and ends with an Andalusian lament Maqam hijaz (Ibn Zaydun) sung by Lior Elmaleh. The celebration of musical interconnectedness is manifest in the smoothness of Savall's programme and its execution. Take, for instance, the sonorous choral Preces: Penitentes orate, an 11th century Mozarabic prayer smoothly sung by La Capella Reial de Catalunya. This is Christian prayer under Islamic rule. …

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