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Sacred Bridges / The King's Singers, Sarband


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  World Village   Catalog #: 468052   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Salomone RossiClaude GoudimelJan Pieterszoon SweelinckAli Ufkî,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's SingersSarband
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Projects with a similar aim--to explore the "sacred bridges" between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism--have been done before, but this one does it uniquely through psalm settings "by composers from three religions", many of which use the tunes from the Genevan Psalter as their base. We're also treated to the world-class singing and playing of the King's Singers and the ensemble Sarband, a group formed in 1986 specifically to explore the subject at hand. Its members include a singer, Mustafa Dogan Dikmen--who performs several selections here in an authentic style that informs the Turkish modes and texts set by Ali Ufkî--and instrumentalists who create fascinating sounds on ney (reed flute), three-stringed bowed Read more fiddle, zither, and bendir (frame drum). The King's Singers perform several Sweelinck psalms and also a couple by Salamone Rossi Hebreo, which, unlike the polyphonic style of the former, are set in a more straightforward hymnlike manner, characterized by strikingly vibrant harmonies.


But the program doesn't simply alternate between selections representing Western and Eastern traditions: several tracks combine two different settings of the same psalm, and there a few extended solo-vocal renditions by Dikmen and one substantial instrumental improvisation. While listeners may not readily hear the musical similarities or connections among these highly varied settings, the concept is an interesting one, and the performances are excellent. Clear, well-balanced sound complements a fascinating release.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Songs of Solomon: Psalm 124 by Salomone Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
2.
With heart and mind to thee, O Lord by Claude Goudimel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Sarband
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish.
Arranger: Ali Ufkî. 
3.
Psalm 6 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish. 
4.
Psalm 6 by Ali Ufkî
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Sarband
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish. 
5.
Psalm 113 "Hallelu Yah" by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
6.
The Songs of Solomon: Psalm 118 by Salomone Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
7.
Psalm 2 by Sarband
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Psalms of David, Book 3: Psalm 7 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1614; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish. 
9.
Psalms of David, Book 1: Psalm 2, Pourquoy font bruit et s'assemblent les gents? by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1604; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish. 
10.
Incline thine ears, O Lord by Claude Goudimel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Sarband
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish.
Arranger: Ali Ufkî. 
11.
The Songs of Solomon: Psalm 128 by Salomone Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
12.
Türki Beray by Ali Ufkî
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Sarband
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Turkish 
Notes: This selection is sung in Ottoman Turkish. 

Featured Sound Samples

Psalm 124 (Rossi)
Psalm 9 "With heart and mind to thee, O Lord" (Goudimel)

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