Sacred Songs

There’s a collection of ecumenical works that span the world’s great spiritual traditions on this New Sounds Program. We’ll hear from Illyas Mallaev, a tar (lute) player who mixes the Arab/Persian-influenced court music of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with his own repertoire of songs that represent the Jewish sacred and popular tradition. Also, the vocal artistry of Premkumar Mallik, singing in the most ancient and austere style of North Indian classical music known as dhrupad. Plus, the Haissmavourk Choir performs Armenian spiritual music, throat-singing from David Hykes, and much more.

PROGRAM #2358, Sacred Voices (First aired on Wed., 12/22/04)





The Music of Armenia

Vol. 1: Sacred Choral Music

Sirt Im Sasani [4:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13115** *

Andy Statman

Illuminations: Instrumental Interpretations of Chassidic Melodies

Vishnitz 2 [3:00]

Not yet commercially released. Other CDs by Statman are available in stores, or online .

Youssou N’Dour


Baay Niasse [5:00]

Nonesuch #79694** *

Nora York w/ Yusuf Islam

Private recording

Battle Hymn/Adhan [5:00]

Not commercially available. Info at

Jocelyn Pook


Oppenheimer [6:30]

Virgin #48150** also available online. See

David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir

Earth to the Unknown Power

Le Souffle Du Seigneur, excerpt [6:00]

BMG/Catalyst #68347. Out of print, but see more info at

Pandit Premkumar Mallik The Prince of Love Kabir Bhajan [7:30] Celestial Harmonies #13238** *
Various artists: Ulali Illyas Mallaev The Spirit of Fes Rattle Song [2:00] Untitled, excerpt [2:00] Chant Du Monde #574 1269/70** Distributed by Harmonia Mundi, *

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