Jerusalem - Savall

Jerusalem - Savall

Alia Vox  AVSA9863 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid


Jerusalem, La Ville des deux Paix : La Paix celeste et la Paix terrestre

Montserrat Figueras (soprano)
Razmik Amyan, Lior Elmalich, Muwafak Shahin Khalil, Marc Mauillon, Begoña Olavide & Lluis Vilamajó (vocals), Omar Bashir & Yair Dalal (oud's), Andrew Lawrence-King (mediaeval harp & psaltery), Gaguik Mouradian (kamancha)
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hesperion XXI
Jordi Savall (direction)

This lavish set documents a once-in-a lifetime concert dedicated to Jerusalem, with Jewish, Arab and Christian musicians boldly threading together musical traditions under the direction of Jordi Savall, the world's leading early music performer. Comprising two hybrid Super Audio CDs in a 400 page full-sized glossy hardback book.

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CD 1

1 Fanfare of Jericho, 1200 av. B.C.
I Heavenly Peace: The Prophets of the Apocalypse and of the Last Judgment
2 The Sibylline Oracles (3rd century B.C.) – Jewish sources, Aramaic music
3 Introduction (Ney & percussion)
4 The Koran: Bismi Al.là ar Rahman (7th Century) – Fatihah Sura I, 2-7. Sufi sources
5 Postludium (qanun)
6 Revelation VI, 12-3 Audi pontus (12th century) (Las Huelgas mss.)
Corresponding to the Cathar Gospel of Pseudo-John V, 4
7 Postludium (medieval harp)

II Jerusalem, a Jewish city, 1000 B.C. - A.D. 70
King David makes Jerusalem the capital of the unified kingdom of Judah and Israel
8 Shofars call
9 Prayer for Jerusalem
10 Instrumental dance. Liberation of the city by Maccabeans, 164 B.C.
11 The Peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122) - The Psalms of King David (10th Century B.C.)
12 Rabbi Akiva goes to Jerusalem. Talmud, Makkot 24b
13 Song of Exile (Psalm 137, 1-6). Destruction of the Temple and Diaspora, A.D. 70
14 Instrumental lament (shofars)

III Jerusalem, a Christian city, 326 - 1244
15 Stavrotheotokia (Hymn to the Virgin at the foot of the Cross)
Attributed to Emperor Leo VI, 886-912
Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine is in Jerusalem, A.D. 326
16 Fanfare “Pax in nomine Domine”
17 Pope Urban II, First call to the Crusade, 1095
Recited text in French
18 Crusaders’ song: Pax in nomine Domini
Marcabru (1100-1150) – 1st Crusade
19 Crusaders’ song: Chevalier, mult estes guaritz, 1146
Anon. 12th Century – 2nd Crusade
20 Conductus : O totius Asie – Anon. (s. XIII)
21 Planctus « Pax in Nomine Domini »
The Crusaders lose Jerusalem to Saladin

IVa Jerusalem, a city of pilgrimage, 383 - 1326
22 The Dome of the Rock – Ibn Battuta (1304-ca.1377)
23 Zionida: Beautiful city, delight of the world
Judah Ha-Levy (1075-1141)

CD 2

IVb Jerusalem, a city of pilgrimage, 383 - 1326 (continued)
1 Cantiga de Santa Maria : O ffondo do mar tan châo
Alfonso X the Wise (1121-1284) CSM383

V Jerusalem, an Arabic city and an Ottoman city, 1244-1917
Arabic city, 1244 - 1516
2 Prelude (Oud)
3 The Koran, Sura XVII, 1- Mohammed ascends to heaven from the Temple Mount
4 Danse of the Soma
5 Sallatu Allah – Arabic tradition
Ottoman city, 1517 - 1917
6 Makam Uzäl Sakil “Turna”
Ottoman mss. of Kantemiroglu (17th century)
7 Suleyman the Magnificent’s dream, 1520 - Ottoman legend
Recited text in Turkish
8 Warrior’s march (Anon. Ottoman)
The Ottoman Conquest of Jerusalem, 1517

VI Jerusalem, a Land of Refuge and Exile, 15th - 20th centuries
9 Palestina hermoza y Santa - Anon. Sephardic (oral tradition, Sarajevo)
10 Palestinian Lament - Anon. (oral tradition)
11 Lament for the City of Ani - Anon. (oral tradition)
12 El male rahamim (Hymn to the victims of Auschwitz), 1941
Historical recording by Shlomo Katz, 1950
13 Funeral March

VII Earthly peace: a duty and a utopia
A plea for peace
14 Instrumental Dialogue
15 A plea for peace in Arabic
16 Adonay Prayer for peace in Hebrew
17 A plea for peace in Armenian
18 Da Pacem (Gregorian)
Dialogue of songs
19 Apo xeno meros (in Greek) - Anon. (Oral Tradition)
20 Ghazal (in Arabic)
21 Ghazal (in Hebrew)
22 Ghazal (Palestine)
23 Siente Hermosa (ladino)
24 Apo xeno meros (in Greek) Gregorian Chorus
25 Durme, hermoza donzella (ladino)
26 Ghazal (in Arabic, Greek & Hebrew)
27 Ghazal (instrumental, Morocco)
28 Final Ensemble (tutti)
29 Final fanfare “Against the barriers of the Spirit”
Jordi Savall, 2008

Raices & Memoria, Vol VIII