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The two components that bond a Belgian, a Chinese and a Moroccan together are Belgium and the lute. Belgium because the three live and work in this small European country; and the lute because all three adore this instrument. However, the lute is not merely one instrument. It is more or less a family of instruments, all descendants from an original archetype invented in a region now called Iraq. Towards the East, the ancient lute developed into the pipa, the Western varieties became the lute and the theorbo, the bass lute with its giant neck. The north of Africa is home to the oud. All these different variations on the lute as a fretted string instrument have their own distinct sounds and ways of playing.
Philippe Malfeyt, Xian Hua and Abid El Bahri are Luthomania — a self-explanatory name — and on the (SA)CD Itinérances, they not only combine and blend the various timbres of their instruments, they do the same with their respective musical backgrounds intact. East meets West meets Maghreb. Only Hua remains faithful to his pipa throughout the recording. His fellow lutheniers pick up different versions of their own lutes whenever appropriate to widen or deepen the sonic scope.
El Bahri and Malfeyt are responsible for all compositions here, allowing plenty of Western and Arabian influences into the mix. Too bad China remains somewhat in the background. The arrangements call for musicians outside the core trio to participate on all but two tracks. These additional instruments are saxophone, cello, harmonica and accordion plus percussion. The combination of lutes, accordion and cello is beautiful and creates just the right amount of melancholia.
Osman Nuri Özpekel says in his notes: In this work, some of the choicest performances of four ut virtuosos, all of whom are no longer with us, have been brought together in one collection. In selecting the recordings, emphasis was given to recordings of pieces, or variations of them, that had not yet been published by other companies. The first disc begins with three players with the title of ‘virtuoso’: Ûdi Nevres Bey, S,eref Muhiddin Targan and Yorgo Bacanos. It finishes with master performers Fahri Kopuz and M?s?rl? [‘the Egyptian’] I.brahim Efendi. The second disc is devoted to various performances, with their taksims, of the esteemed udists Sedat Öztoprak, Ûdi Nes,’et Bey, I.brahim Ziya Bey, S,erif I.çli, Ûdi Hrant, Kadri S,ençalar, Cahit Gözkân and Cinuçen Tanr?korur. The performances presented are in the taksim and saz semâisi forms. We greatly regret that we could not come across any recordings of certain Ud virtuosos such as S,âkir Pas,a, Basri Bey, S,ekerci Cemil Bey, Ali R?fat Çag(atay and Refik Talât Alpman. Who knows, perhaps one day performances of theirs will be found in the dusty archives of our music history and brought out to be heard. It is our desire that these performers, though they have passed on, will be remembered by their echoes remaining in this world. May they rest in peace.
Arabic Classical Instrumental
21 Tracks by:
Sami al Shawwa, Rashidi, Assabgui
Daoud Eff. Hosny
Azouri Eff. (Ezra Ahron)
Tamburi Cemil Bey
Mesud Cemil Bey
No Cover or Information on this one.
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I wanted to have a place where Oud enthusiasts could come to find music relating, in some fashion, to the Oud . Most of these files originated elsewhere on the web. I am merely trying to list Oud related items in one forum. I will post links to the sites where I originally found the files.MANY GREAT THANKS goes to the original uploaders, especially AmbroseBierce, for uploading these hard to find releases. Some blogs may be culled from more than others and some, even, rather exclusively. There are MANY INCREDIBLE blogs out there and I encourage everyone to check them out thoroughly, chances are you will get turned onto some great music. Again, though, the main focus of this blog is Oud so I try and limit it to that, although I may sometimes color outside the lines. All of these recordings will not be Oud purist recordings, in some cases, if there is an Oud in the recording somewhere it qualifies for the blog.
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