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Mare Nostrum Import, SACD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: SACD, Import
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • ASIN: B005Z4D3SC
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa539306c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53c9dc8) out of 5 stars Another Exquisite Album by Jordi Savall!!! Oct. 22 2012
By C. J. Guleff - Published on
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I'm pleased to be the first to review this album by Catalan viola da gamba virtuoso, conductor and composer, Jordi Savall. A prolific performer and recording artist of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque era music, he has become an interpreter and promoter of Ottoman, Mediterranean and Celtic music, as well.

This album features music of the Mediterranean. The album title, "Mare Nostrum" (Our Sea in Latin), is a term once used to refer to the Mediterranean. Pieces from the Berber, Greek, Italian, Catalonian, Turkish, Bulgarian and Sephardic Jewish traditions are presented on the album.

Savall's recordings are known to be of high quality, and this is no exception. The music is beautiful, and the sequencing of the tracks gives the impression of a single work. Savall's late wife Montserrat Figueras contributed a number of expressive vocals to the album. The blending of vocals, instruments and rhythms provides a rich listening experience.

I first became familiar with Jordi Savall while searching Amazon for a piece by Marin Marais and purchased Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Bande Originale Du Film. I became an immediate fan. His mastery of the viola da gamba is superb. The sonority of the modern viola and its predecessors make it the instrument I most enjoy playing.

Savalle's renditions of Eastern Mediterranean music are quite moving and expressive. Having been raised with this musical genre since childhood, I can vouch for the authenticity of his interpretations. Two albums featuring Turkish music: Istanbul and The Sublime Gate - The Voices of Istanbul are equally appealing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53cd090) out of 5 stars Five Stars April 19 2015
By Blankinship Arlette - Published on
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I recommend it for those who enjoy ancient music.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53cd360) out of 5 stars Music for mental voyages March 20 2015
By Manya - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am greatly enjoying Jordi Savall's odyssey through eastern music - I heard him live recently and that concert was one of the best I have ever attended. This album has a delightful selection of music from many countries which border the Mediterranean Sea, and as usual, he has surrounded himself with the best of the antique music interpreters from each country. Hakan Gungor on kanun is outstanding. I may be in the minority for not enjoying Montserrat Figueras' vocals all that much (hence the four stars). The musical numbers are five stars and then some.

Love to listen to all this music while I work on the computer - it is meditative and takes me to places I've been and others I haven't. Highly recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53cd630) out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 21 2014
By john clowes - Published on
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wonderful music
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53cd420) out of 5 stars Great cd Jan. 28 2013
By poppyK - Published on
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I like the cover, I like the music and I like montserrat fgueras' voice. I cannot think of anything more to add to this review.