Episode #2977

Near Eastern Melodies

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to some traditional medieval music of Armenia, along with contemporary Armenian music by Tigran Mansurian and Israeli composer Betty Olivero, as played by violist Kim Kashkashian.  Also, Greek singer Savina Yannatou performs contemporary Lebanese music and Lebanese singer Sister Marie Keyrouz performs ancient Syriac Christian music, and more.

PROGRAM # 2977, Near Eastern Melodies (First aired on Tues. 9-8-09)





Sister Marie Keyrouz

Traditional Maronite Chants

Schubho-Ihaw qolo, excerpt [1:00]

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Savina Yannatou

Terra Nostra

Schubho Lhaw Qolo (Glory to the Word of God) [3:31]

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Kim Kashkashian


Tigran Mansurian: Tagh for the Funeral of the Lord [5:30]

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The Sharakan Early Music Ensemble

Music of Armenia, Vol. 2

Havik (Little bird) [3:03]

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Savina Yannatou

Terra Nostra

Hey Het (Song of the Emigrant) [4:59]

See above.

David Byrne & Brian Eno

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

The Carrier [4:20]

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Natacha Atlas & the Mazeeka Ensemble

Ana Hina

El Nowm (Sleep) [5:49]

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Kim Kashkashian


Betty Olivero: Neharót, Neharót (Rivers, Rivers) [16:14]

See above.

Sister Marie Keyrouz

Chant byzantin

Inna-l-Malak, excerpt [3:00]

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