Beihdja Rahal: In The Mood For The Nouba

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Label: Institut du Monde Arabe
Catalog: 321079/80
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid

Beihdja Rahal

CD 1
My heart has been captured / Awake, my love / Ah, If only fair women were just! / Gaze upon the face of my beloved / Youth of peerless beauty / What sorrow and woe / She has bewitched my heart / Pass on the goblets / Ah, if they would only return / Linking brown to brown
CD 2
How sad I was ont he day of your departure / I am enamoured of the Sultan / This love has crushed me / Messenger was sent to me / Like a star / You who sleep, Awake / My companion, prepare a goblet of wine / Passion has increased my feelings / The gazelle who dwells here / The morning breeze announced your arrival / You have taken hold of my heart / I am losing patience

The performance of the M'djanba and Mazmûm noubas presented here on this double CD requires warmth, both of soul and of feeling. The crystal-clear tones of Beihdja Rahal ring out in her radiant interpretation of these classical pieces from the Andalusian-Algerian repertoire. This genre is also accompanied by traditional instruments such as the târ (percussion), the darbûka or goblet drum, the lute, the violin, the kwîtra (springed instrument) and the qânûn (zither) and demands total respect of its rules, its harmony, rhythms and melody. The recording as a whole offers the listener an intense emotional experience.

Price: $43.98