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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}
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World Music / Chamber Music

Jordi Savall once again enriches our view of a region teeming with history: the Balkans. Following on the success of Spirit of Armenia, Alia Vox, a label acclaimed for revealing hidden gems from the vast history of music, presents Balkan Spirit - a collection of music that sheds light on a little-known repertoire that conveys the whole spectrum of human emotions. Presented with both the iconographic richness and quality packaging that Alia Vox is famous for, this journey of musical discovery is another important milestone in the discography of Catalan master Jordi Savall and his ensemble Hesperion XXI.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}

The booklet for this release from Jordi Savall and his Hespèrion XXI ensemble, this time composed largely of Balkan musicians, weighs in at an awe-inspiring 396 pages. The size is not due to any special plenitude of information; indeed, two of the historical essays duplicate each other to a large extent, and one is actually left wanting to learn more about the various instruments one is hearing. Instead, the page count is inflated by the translation of the material into no fewer than 13 languages, including Greek, Croation, Turkish, and apparently Bulgarian. This is in line with Savall's generally idealistic aims, outlined in an essay of his own that stresses the rich cultural legacy generated by the unity of experience in the region. Some of his assertions are open to question, for example that the word "Balkan" is derived from the Turkish words for honey and blood. Savall plans a further album of music under this title, but the derivation is suspect. At any rate, the performances conform to Hespèrion XXI's usual high standards. As may occur with Savall's recordings of purely popular or folk material, there are times in the faster dances when you wish for the muddy intoxication that a barroom or club performance of the same tune would bring.

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}


However, again as usual, the variety and selection of the material give the listener a lot to chew on and in a grand, global way raise issues that others have attacked only piecemeal. Those fast dances, Savall seems to suggest, present a common fund of material, heavily Gypsy in origin, that has been filtered through a variety of local traditions from Turkish to Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian, Sephardic Jewish, and more. The most entrancing pieces are the slow ones, which indeed one would not hear in a bar and are suited to the more contemplative experience of listening to a CD or digital file. Hear the Gypsy mallet percussion piece Azt hittem hogy minden könnyem (track 8), which is absolutely hypnotic. Also of special interest is track 14, Ciocârlia/Seva, which was composed for the dedication of the Eiffel Tower in 1889; it is a fascinating fusion of Balkan melody and Western tonality, and it's worth the purchase price of the album all by itself. All the music is instrumental, but it may be that vocal music is planned for the follow-up volume. Despite a few questions about the execution of the project here, this is another in Savall's brilliant series of releases that resurrect the traditional music of southern Europe in an entirely original way.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Esprit des Balkans (Balkan Spirit) (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9898}


Personnel:
Conductor: Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI

tracklist:
01 - Borin Cocek
02 - Doina, hora
03 - Ta xyla & Cecen kizi
04 - Chichovata
05 - Der Makam-i Huseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza
06 - Zajdi, Zajdi
07 - Sborenka
08 - Azt hittem hogy minden konnyem
09 - Kovni
10 - Cuando el Rey Nimrod
11 - Sousta
12 - Galabovska Ruchenitsa
13 - Bilijana
14 - Ciocarlia , Seva
15 - Suite - Doina, Purtata, Hora ka la kaval
16 - Sanie cu zurgalai
17 - Suite - Hora de ascultare, Hora mare, Hora lui Dragoi
18 - Vrcavo Kolo
19 - Pastirska Elegija

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