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Label:
  Alia Vox - http://www.alia-vox.com/
Serial:
  AVSA9902 (3 discs)
Title:
  BAL·KAN: Miel & sang (Honey & blood) - Savall
Description:
  Singers:
Meral Azizoglu (Turkey); Irini Derebei (Greece); Gürsoy Dinçer (Turkey); Lior Elmaleh (Israel); Montserrat Figueras (Spain); Tcha Limberger (Belgium/Manouche)
Marc Mauillon (France); Amira Medunjanin (Bosnia); Stoimenka Outchikova-Nedyalkova (Bulgaria); Agi Szalóki (Hungary); Zacharias Spyridakis (Cyprus)

Instrumentalists:

Musicians of Bulgaria and Macedonia:
Nedyalko Nedyalkov, kaval; Peyo Peev, gadulka; Valeri Dimchev, tambura; Stoian Yankulov, tupan (also for the vocal piece on CD 3, No. 4)

Hungarian musicians (for vocal pieces):
Nedyalko Nedyalkov, kaval; Dimitri Psonis, santur; Yurdal Tokcan, oud; Jordi Savall, lire d’archet; Pedro Estevan, percussion

Gypsy musicians:
Tcha Limberger, violin; Janos Dani, bracs; Gyula Csík, cymbalum; Vilmos Csikos, doublebass (also for the vocal piece on CD 1, No. 15)

Serbian & Romanian musicians:
Bora Dugic, frula; Milan Nešovic, guitar; Slobodan Prodanovic, accordion; Marko Lazovic, violin; Jordi Savall, dessus de viole; Slobodan Markovic, orgue
Mihailo Blam, doublebass

Greek musicians:
Zacharias Spyridakis, lyre grecque; Nedyalko Nedyalkov, kaval; Hakan Güngör, kanun; Yurdal Tokcan, oud; Dimitri Psonis, santur, saz, lafta et guitare morisque; Jordi Savall, lyre d’archet et dessus de viole; Pedro Estevan & Fahrettin Yarkin, percussion (also for the vocal piece on CD 2, No. 8)

Bosnian and Turkish musicians (for vocal pieces):
Stavros Kouskouridas, clarinet; Moslem Rahal, ney; Hakan Güngör, kanun; Yurdal Tokcan, oud; Fahrettin Yarkin, percussion

Turkish musicians (instrumentals):
Nedyalko Nedyalkov, kaval; Hakan Güngör, kanun; Yurdal Tokcan, oud; Driss El Maloumi, oud; Jordi Savall, lyre d’archet; Derya Türkan, kemençe; Murat Salim Tokaç, tanbur; Dimitri Psonis, santur; Pedro Estevan & Fahrettin Yarkin, percussion

Armenian musicians:
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, duduk; Jordi Savall, dessus de viole

Sephardic musicians:
Moslem Rahal, ney; Yair Dalal, oud; Erez Shmuel Mounk, percussion; Driss El Maloumi, oud; Arianna Savall & Jordi Savall, rebab et dessus de viole; Pedro Estevan, percussion (also for the vocal piece on CD 2, No. 7)

Jordi Savall, Rebab, lyre d’archet, dessus de viole et Direction
Track listing:
 
Genre:
  Classical - Vocal
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
 
Recording info:
 

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Review by JJ April 1, 2014 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The new opus signed Jordi Savall can be considered the development of his preceding recording, “The Spirit of the Balkans” (see OpusHD N°108). In three SACDs and two programs entitled Honey and Blood, and The Cycles of Life, the latter based on an original idea by the regretted Montserat Figueras, whose sublime voice we here hear with great emotion, it is to a vast musical epic that we are invited, at the heart of which memory plays an essential role, as Jordi Savall himself states: “Music is the most spiritual of all the Arts. It is in fact the Art of memory par excellence. It only exists when a singer or instrumentalist makes it live. It is then, when our senses are touched by the emotion or beauty of a song or by the surprising vitality of a dance, that, thanks to memory, we fix it in our spirits. These are moments that are both intense and fleeting, which bring peace and joy to our heart, or sadness and nostalgia, and which we cherish preciously in the deepest parts of our memory.” Uniting, as always, singers and musicians from diverse horizons, this book-disc, richly illustrated, is a source of reflection in which each of us will find the true face of freedom, the only one we possess… tolerance.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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