Volume III focuses on works of Armenian, Greek, and Jewish composers who helped shape and diffuse Ottoman art music. While maintaining their own religions, languages, and cultural institutions, minorities shared freely in high Ottoman musical culture. From the 17th to the 19th century prominent composers such as Angelos, Hamparsum and Isak flourished at the court, where they were patronized by sultans and dervishes alike. Tracks 7-18 feature compositions by famous Armenian and Greek nightclub musicians from the turn of the 20th century, an era of unparalleled virtuosity and raw musical energy.
Lalezar - Music of the Sultans, Sufis, and Seraglio
An extraordinary revival of the music of the Ottoman Empire is currently under way in Turkey, spearheaded by the Istanbul-based Lalezar Ensemble. Traditional Crossroads presents a historic 4-volume collection of new performances of Ottoman repertoire--from art songs to extended suites, 17th-century masters of the Seraglio to renowned 20th-century minority composers. Each CD contains a 40-page booklet with extensive notes and pictures.