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This superbly researched and recreated ear-opening anthology, crafted with such presence and authority, finds Jordi Savall immersed in the cultural melting-pot of Istanbul with a constellation of performers from Armenia, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Spain and Turkey. The earliest named composer in this magisterial melange is Hace Abd lkadir Meragi (1350- 1435) and there are Sephardic romances, Armenian dances and, building on their previous purely instrumental recording Istanbul, more material from the Cantemir manuscript. The spectrum of instrumental colour and the three contrasted voices with their glissades of vocal ornamentation are captured in a wonderful hybrid SACD recording, lavishly packaged with a booklet in seven languages. She only appears on two tracks, but this is a fine memorial to Montserrat Figueras

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