Episode #3267

Istanbul, not Constantinople

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Listen to a tour of the eastern part of the Mediterranean on this New Sounds.  We'll journey through a thousand years of the music that resounded along the mighty Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey (not Constantinople) from the 14th/15th Century Greek chant to Crusader songs, Sufi Ceremonial music, Turkish folk music, Sephardic Jwish songs, and more.  

It’s all from an impressive collection of music, A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul featuring Boston-based musicians’ collective DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas.  Plus, we’ll hear from the like-minded record from Jordi Savall, “Jerusalem,” another important citiy that has experienced huge musical and cultural changes over the centuries.

PROGRAM # 3267,  Istanbul, Not Constantinople  (First aired on 11/07/2011)                                                        





Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) [ 2:35]

Elektra / Rhino 78139
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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas

A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul

Kyrie soson tous euseveis [1:20]

Buselik Aşiran peşrev, Anonymous, transcribed by Ali Ufki [2:27]

San pas sta ksena [2:52]

La Rosa enfloresse [1:29]

Dergah Senden [2:42]

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Various Artists: Stavros Pazarentizis

Master of the Clarinet

Salonica [3:31]

FM Records
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Various: Drum Freaks

Osjan Tree

Smyrna, excerpt [6:30]

Ferment Sp. Zo.o.  
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Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy

Enchanted Egypt

On The Road To Alexandria [3:37]

New World Music CD 557


Monty Python

The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python And The Holy Grail


Hand Grenade Of Antioch [2:00]

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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and DÜNYA, with Schola Cantorum and Ensemble Trinitas

A Story of the City...Constantinople, Istanbul

Kyrie eleison

See above.

Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy

Enchanted Egypt

From Memphis To Heliopolis, excerpt [1:30]

See above.

Hesperion XXI, led by Jordi Savall, with Al- Darwish & La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Jerusalem : La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix céleste et la Paix terrestre

Chant de l'exile (psaume 137, I-6) [3:30]

Terrestrial Peace Suite: (sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino, Greek, & more) [6:00]

Alia Vox AVSA 9863 A+B

Comments [2]

Suzan from New Jersey

Terrestrial peace suite is originally a Turkish song called "Uskudar'a giderken"(while going to Uskudar) from 1800s. The song tells a story of a young lady who fell in love with a "katip"(a secretary) going to Uskudar which is in Istanbul.This song was also sung by Eartha Kitt in the 1950s-1960s.Great to hear in several languages!!!

Nov. 16 2011 12:02 PM

I am a sephardic Jew from Istanbul currently living in NJ.I grew up with Ladino,Turkish, Greek, Balkan Mediterenean music so listening to this episode brought back great memories.I can't thank you enough for bringing such a rich culture to your American listeners.

Nov. 16 2011 11:44 AM

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