jerusalem - Alia Vox


jerusalem - Alia Vox
Title :
The City of the Two Peaces
Artists :
B. Olavide, Ll. Vilamajó, M. Mauillon
Y. Dalal, O. Bashir, A. Lawrence-King
Montserrat Figueras
Direction : Jordi Savall
Format :
400 pages
2 discs
deluxe book
Cover titles printed in hot gold foil !
Total time :
142 mn
Booklet : English, Spanish, French, German
Italian, Catalan, Hebrew, Arab
Availability :
The press is already enthusiastic !
November 5, 2008
“In the festival's closing concert devoted to Jerusalem (a Jewish, Arab and Christian city, a city of pilgrimage, exile and
refuge), Savall made a powerful and timely statement. By bringing them together without blurring their boundaries,
he has proved that these highly refined musical expressions are intimately related. Emotion ran high among the audience at the end of a long concert which boldly threaded together apparently very different musical traditions, such as a plaintive kamancha solo and the recording by the cantor Shlomo Katz - who survived Auschwitz because an SS guard was moved
by his song - of a threnody dedicated to the victims of Auschwitz. Their similarity in tone and sound was striking. Among
many others on stage were an Arab Israeli singer, an Israeli Jewish singer (the extraordinary Lior Elmalich), the IraqiHungarian son of the great Munir Bachir, a Spanish singer who sings in Arabic and Ladino (the language of the Sephardic
Jews), an Israeli of Iraqi origin, musicians from Greece and France, etc, etc. The transition from one piece to the next was
both impeccable and inspired by the ear, not the intellect, under the watchful eye of Jordi Savall, who listens to others
with the same depth of concentration that he instils into his own playing. One couldn't help thinking that it is all so transparent, as witnessed by these musicians who join hands while the bombs continue to claim lives. One couldn't help hoping that
examples such as this will multiply, and that the “power of music”, in which the two Catalan driving forces behind one of the
world's finest festivals so fervently believe, will prevail.”
Renaud Machart, Le Monde
(on the same "Jerusalem" repertoire, performed during the Fontfroide Festival in August, 2008)
Contact : Eric Guillemaud
+ 33 6 43 00 98 17
[email protected]
2 SACD stereo

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