Sunday 29 October 2017 7:30PM

Jordi Savall viola da gamba; Hespèrion XXI

Istanbul; Dimitrie Cantemir: The Book of the Science of Music


  • Jordi Savall viola da gamba
  • Hespèrion XXI

Hespérion XXI and its Spanish-Catalan founder Jordi Savall continue to remove barriers between musical traditions and evoke past creative collaborations.

Their latest Wigmore Hall programme arises from venerable Turkish, Armenian and Sephardic works preserved in The Book of the Science of Music by Dimitrie Cantemir (1673–1723), a polyglot Moldavian soldier who became a virtuoso on the tanbur, the long-necked lute favoured at the Ottoman court in Istanbul. The multi-national ensemble’s concert includes haunting laments and pulsating dance songs.

  • With the support of the Departament de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Diputació de Barcelona and the Institut Ramon Llull
  • Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723)
        • Uzzäl usules Darb-i feth No. 209
  • Traditional
        • La rosa enflorece - Maciço de rosas
        • Alagyeaz tsar
        • Khnki tsar
  • Dimitrie Cantemir
        • Hüseyni Semâ’î No. 268
  • Traditional
        • Hisar Agir Semai
        • Ta xyla
        • Çeçen kizi
        • Ene Sarére
  • Dimitrie Cantemir
        • Uzzäl Sakîl ‘Turna’ Semâ’î No. 324
  • Traditional
        • Paxarico tu te llamas
        • Al aylukhs
  • Dimitrie Cantemir
        • Räst ‘Murass’a’ usules Düyek No. 214
  • Traditional
        • Hermoza muchachica
        • O’h intsh anush
        • Koniali
        • Una pastora
  • Dimitrie Cantemir
        • Hüseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza
  • Encore
  • Trad/Greek
        • Apo xeno meros
  • Trad/Sephardic
        • Durme, durme
  • Trad/Arabic
        • Ghazali
  • Trad/Sephardic
        • Improvisation on 'Cuando el rey Nimrod'
  • Trad/Afghan
        • Improvisation on Nastaran dance

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