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    1. Arabic Groove
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    2. Putumayo Presents: Turkish Groove
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    3. Between Heaven And Earth: Music
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    4. Bellydance Superstars
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    5. The Essential Ravi Shankar
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    6. East Flatbush Blues
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    7. Sabla Tolo: Journeys into Pure
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    8. The Wind
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    9. The Hip-Hop Violinist
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    10. Bellydance Superstars, Vol. 3
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    11. Le Voyage de Sahar
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    12. Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms,
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    13. Concertos From My Childhood /
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    14. Best of Bellydance from Egypt,
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    15. Songs of Our Fathers
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    16. Awakening from Above
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    17. Immortal Egypt
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    18. Bellydance Superstars, Vol. 2
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    19. Itzhak Perlman - Live in the Fiddler's
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    20. Le Pas Du Chat Noir

    1. Arabic Groove
    by Putumayo World Music
    Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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    Asin: B00005J6WU
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    While not yet part of mainstream American music, Middle Eastern music, asevidenced by the rise of Algerian pop star Khaled in France,has sidled up to other club music forms in the hot spots of Paris,London, and elsewhere. To that end, Putumayo's Read more

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Listen to someone else's Top 10 countdown...
    I heard some of this while serving in Iraq. As a fan of "world music" it caught my attention right away. If you enjoy some exposure to other cultures and like to tap your foot, check this one out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love this cd
    I love the cd but the first song is messed up. there is a scratch or something on it. but I don't care much because the rest is awesome. I listen to it constantly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rocking the kasbah
    This was the CD that started Putumayo's Groove series;so far,it's one of the best.While many of the songs are about unrequited love,they are also incredibly danceable&upbeat.
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    Subjects:  1. Afro-Beat    2. Algeria    3. Arabic    4. Egypt    5. Int'l & World Music    6. Lebanon    7. Libya    8. Middle East    9. Morocco    10. North Africa    11. Pop    12. Rai    13. World Music    14. Worldbeat   


    2. Putumayo Presents: Turkish Groove
    by Putumayo World Music
    Audio CD (21 March, 2006)
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    Asin: B000E6ESP8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    In 2005, Putamayo's A&R man, Jacob Edgar, traveled to Turkey, a country that straddles Europe and Asia, hung out in its exotic nightclubs, and produced this compilation. If you were expecting to hear some belly-dancing, snake-charming tunes, this CD's 11 tracks will quickly disabuse you of those cliches. These selections exhibit a funky fusion of central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East that also includes rap, hip-hop, electronica, and even suggests Ballywood. Turkey's boy idol Tarkan serves up a spicy fluted-and-strings track on "Dudu," equally matched by Mustafa Sandal's Flamenco-flavored heartthrob number, "Kalmadi," with an evocative stringed instrument called a Read more

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music!Salsa/Tribal
    This is AWESOME music. When I stumbled upon it at a tribal shop called Ten Thousand Villages for $15, I listened to a sample and LOVED it! This is GREAT dance music. Great for parties too!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Music!
    Turkish Groove by Putumayo is absolutely mesmerizing!I just love it!If you buy it, you won't regret it.It is both relaxing and stimulating, a combination not easy to find in a single piece of music.This is a great compilation.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not a great compilation
    This is not a very good selection, all different kinds of songs thrown together. Doesn't make sense. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Middle Eastern Pop    3. Pop    4. Regional Turkish    5. Turkish Folk    6. Worldbeat   


    3. Between Heaven And Earth: Music Of The Jewish Mystics
    by Shanachie
    Audio CD (21 January, 1997)
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    Asin: B000000E41
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Discs that attempt to cross-pollinate jazz with the soulful sounds of klezmer tend to be hit-or-miss; usually you just end up wondering if today's players are half as proficient as the forefathers they're trying to upstage. Andy Statman's credentials don't allow for such doubts. He apprenticed with klezmer legend Dave Tarras (and was even bequeathed the master's clarinet), and whether on clarinet or mandolin, his playing is impeccable. On Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars TRUE TRADITIION CUTTING EDGE CLASSIC
    Andy does a tremendous job of taking nigunim (songs) of the holy hasidic masters of long a go. he puts it in a format which people can appreciate today. However, he does not sell out. Meaning, is he does not "water down" . Andy perserves the holiness and sacred nature of each tune so that even the tradional are able to enjoy this. Andy bridge the tradition with modern times and does so in a magnificent fashion

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Milestone
    It is often said that Andy Statman is a "musician's musician." He also may be said to be a "critic's musician," having earned an unending string of accolades from the press throughout his career. This CD, for example, was featured on the cover of the year-end double-edition of Billboard just before the record hit the stands, and subsequently was dubbed one of the Ten Best CDs of the Year by NY Times music critic, Neal Strauss. If I may add my "two cents," I would say that "Between Heaven and Earth" is an American-Chassidic answer to "A Love Supreme." These sessions were truly inspired!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb jazz based on an unusual tradition
    I think the reviews by Jason Verlinde and Rabbi Yonassan Gershom are accurate as to the feel and value of this music. I mostly want to add some technical stuff that may be of interest. The quartet is Statman on the clarinet (he has a beautiful yearning tone) and mandolin, Kenny Werner on the piano, Harvie Swartz on the acoustic bass and Bob Weiner on the drums. Bola Fleck (banjo), David Grisman (mandolin) and Scott Lee (bass) put in guest appearances.Read more

    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Israel    3. Jewish    4. Jewish Music    5. Jewish: Trad. & Klezmer    6. Klezmer    7. Middle East    8. New Acoustic    9. Pop    10. Progressive Bluegrass    11. United States of America    12. World Fusion    13. World Music   


    4. Bellydance Superstars
    by Mondo Melodia
    Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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    Asin: B000078JLD
    Sales Rank: 3249
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (54)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to dance your feet off???
    This is the CD to do just that!Dance, dance and more dance.Exhilirating music from the best of Middle Eastern popular belly dancing music.Very light, very enjoyable, perfect for any party mix.Authentic, yet diversified.Ideal for parties, long drives, getting your housework done in a good mood, and just for the simple pleasure of the lively Arabic beat.Love this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HANDS DOWN THE ULTIMATE NORTH AFRICAN BELLYDANCE ALBUM
    To whom it may concern; the last review written was obviously written by someone who doesn't know jack about North African Belly Dance music. Don't waste your money on something you think is OK and write a degrading review about a heritage you know NOTHING about buddy. Having French Moroccan blood, if you are from North African lineage, Israeli, Mizrahi, Arabic, this is BY FAR THEE BEST belly dancing album on the market. You will surely appreciate the tracks as at least five of them must have been played at a family event. I can not get this out of my cd player and an absolute GEM to dance and lose weight to! My applause and honor goes out to the creator of this album. The best of the series in my opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bellydance Superstars
    Items were shipped within two days.I liked the BS II, so I got this one.I do like the second one better though. Personal Preference. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Belly Dancing    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Middle East / Asia Minor    4. Pop    5. V/a Compilations    6. World Music   


    5. The Essential Ravi Shankar
    Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B000AO4NL8
    Sales Rank: 6656
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Introduction to India's Master Musician
    Master musician Ravi Shankar makes the following observations in the opening track, "An introduction to Indian Music" (from 1957's THE SOUNDS OF INDIAN MUSIC):"The improvisation is the highlight in Indian music. The sheer joy of creating on the spot by a musician, always coming back to the main theme in the raga he has chosen is what listeners look forward to....The Western listener will appreciate and enjoy our music if he listens with an open and relaxed mind."And for more than two and a half hours, Shankar takes us on a musical journey that covers five decades of recordings.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Perfect if You Want Just One Ravi Shankar CD
    It is not too often that you see a compilation compact disc that has all the essential tracks of an artist.It seems that the musicians always want to leave out a few so that you have to buy more CDs from them.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sitar Master
    This collection offers an accessible way to experience the works of Ravi Shankar, the man most responsible for what awareness there is in the West of Indian classical music traditions. The two-disc set is quite expansive: Disc one features pieces from 1957 to Shankar's Western "breakthrough" at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, while disc two features 13 tracks from 1967 to 1990. Highlights include: "Swara-Kakali," an impassioned instrumental duet that Shankar recorded with violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1967; "Dhun: Fast Teental," an excerpt from his legendary performance at Monterey; several pieces from his work with George Harrison, including "Village Dance" and "Friar's Park;" and the delightful opening track on which Shankar himself introduces some of the basic elements of Indian classical style.
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    Subjects:  1. India    2. Indian    3. Indian Classical    4. Int'l & World Music    5. Middle East / Asia Minor    6. Pop    7. Raga    8. World Fusion   


    6. East Flatbush Blues
    by Shefa
    Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H1RFVO
    Sales Rank: 2200
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    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Israel    3. Jewish    4. Jewish: Trad. & Klezmer    5. Klezmer    6. New Acoustic    7. Pop    8. Progressive Bluegrass   


    7. Sabla Tolo: Journeys into Pure Egyptian Percussion
    by Arc Music
    Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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    Asin: B00004TRU5
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If you think belly-dancing music is simple, this CD from Cairo-bornpercussionist HossamRamzy, the leader of Pharaoh's Egyptian Ensemble (he also toured with RobertPlant and Debbie Harry), will correct that assumption. Ramzy is a master of theRead more

    Reviews (44)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Noisy
    Why so much noise? I know very well arabic percussion and I don't like this album... Sayed Balaha recordings are much more subtile. Sayed Balaha plays with the true smoothness of egyptian tabla... check his recordings, they are good for dancing and listening....
    4-0 out of 5 stars Drum'n'Dance!
    I dance to just drums in the Society of Creative Anachronisms' revels and loved the variety on this album..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dont hesitate.....This is not good But Great Music
    I will bet you a thousand cows for this Music.Very very Good...A++++++++ ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Egypt    2. Egyptian    3. Int'l & World Music    4. Pop    5. World Music   


    8. The Wind
    by Ecm Records
    Audio CD (19 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H9I1AA
    Sales Rank: 2293
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    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Iran    3. Iranian    4. Pop    5. Traditional Middle Eastern Folk   


    9. The Hip-Hop Violinist
    by Umvd Labels
    Audio CD (20 September, 2005)
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    Asin: B000A7Q1QK
    Sales Rank: 3525
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For a Concept Album
    This album is different and in a hip-hop world that continues to grow more monotonous that stands out as successful whether different means good or not.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A New Look in Hip-Hop
    I honestly have to say this is one of my favorite albums of 2005.The list of artists that helped put this album together shows that this girl has got game and when you hear her play you will know it as well.The best song on here is undoubtedly Sunshine to the Rain feat. Scarface and Anthony Hamilton.The way Face speaks about real deep emotions and Hamilton blazes thru the chorus with his vocals was simply amazing and very unique.Hamilton is also featured on another song titled She Was Just a Friend along with Algebra.Its just another love song, but the difference that distinguishes from others is the fact that I can listen to it, and I dont like listening to sappy love songs.Another great song on this album is Miss Melody feat. Akon.Akon speaks of his struggle listening to this performer playing his life out in this melody on the violin who is none other than Miri Ben-Ari.Put together very well, and is my second favorite on the album.There is variety on this album for everyone, and if you are looking to expand your hip-hop horizon, then I strongly recommend this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth checking out
    We put too much emphasis on the new face of hip hop. Miri has been in the background of your favorite artists for years. Her new album has some duds and some good songs but it's worth it to hear something different. Sunshine to the Rain it an amazing song and everyone-- I mean everyone-- on the crew deserves credit for that. How often do we actually write that? Also... why not explore. Hip-hop/rap and rock have gotten really dull these last few years. Enter artists such as Miri who are moving forward instead of spewing out the same boring dreck. So what if she isn't the SUPERSTAR of the album? She's a freakin violinist doing hip hop.. but look behind the scenes. Undoubtedly she had the freedom to pick and chose arists, create her own riffs and time the lyrics, etc. It's a great album. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Crossover Jazz    2. Hip-Hop    3. Israel    4. Pop    5. Pop-Rap    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. Smooth Jazz   


    10. Bellydance Superstars, Vol. 3
    by Mondo Melodia
    Audio CD (16 August, 2005)
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    Asin: B000A2H1EQ
    Sales Rank: 8147
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not As Good As One and Two
    This one hasn't hooked me as well as the first two volumes have. I might have liked it better if I didn't own the first two. Volume One will always be my favorite and I think it spoiled me. It may simply be a matter of personal taste and preference.I don't care for most of these songs but that doesn't mean that it's not a good CD. I do like three of the songs and I am finding that it is slowly growing on me the more I listen to it. For bellydancing, the songs all have the right beats and tempo and may appeal to other dancers with different musical tastes. There's a good variety ranging from classic bellydance to modern music and the artists are the best of the best. I do wish that more of the songs used in the performance DVDs had been included. I prefer Volumes One and Two, but if this was the only one you could get it wouldn't be a waste of money.It's still worth buying for your personal collection or studio library.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Dancing!!!
    These are all very good songs for dancing.It is very easy to make a choreography from these songs, especially for a folkloric group.There is a lot of fun folkloric music here.There is a modern fusion piece with drums by Isaam (#2). The drums are very beautiful and Isaam is a great drummer.The first song on this CD is one of my favorite songs.It has such a beautiful arrangement.The music is a rich mixture of baladi, saidi, classical and drums. I love number ten also: it is a lovely accordion baladi.This CD also has very nice, interesting music that could be used for tribal-style.Overall, it is a great CD, and I like all of the songs here.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Vol. 3
    I like this one, but maybe not as much as volume one and two.I think there are a lot of good songs that really get you in the mood to just jump up and dance. I remember all this music from the local Belly dance festival though, so when you buy it, if you are using it for a performance, remember that it's a very common album and a lot of others maybe using the same music. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Belly Dancing    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Middle East / Asia Minor    4. Pop    5. Rock/Pop Collections   


    11. Le Voyage de Sahar
    by Ecm Records
    Audio CD (04 April, 2006)
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    Asin: B000E0W2AM
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Recreating the ambience that made his 2002 outing, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Subtle yet evocative
    This disc from Tunisian Anouar Brahem is shore to gain unanimous acclaim just as his 2002 effort Le Pas du Chat Noir has. This trio has been Brahem's most successful through many recordings which have crossed from tradional, jazz and world explorations. French muscians Francois Couturier (piano) and Jean-Louis Martinier (accordion) again accompany Brahem's restrained and masterful oud (Arabic flute). This is an intimate and tender musical exploration mixing Arab-Andalous fusion, jazz, slow tango and stylised French classical music. The three musical instruments work beautifully together with Brahem's oud leading lines of introspection among the delicate whimsy of Martinier's accordion. A reprise from Brahem's 1994 disc Khomsa, Couturier's romantic and cascading piano is a highlight of the Fellini-esque medley Vague/Et la nave va. The yearning and promise of L'Aube and the title tracks haunting resonance are just two moments of real beauty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Brahem
    Anouar Brahem's music is refreshingly original, remarkably intricate, and (perhaps most important) eminently listenable.His music transcends the "world fusion" genre in which his music is most often placed.Ever since borrowing "Astrakan Cafe" from the Chicago Public Library 5 years ago, I've absorbed his music and he's quickly become my favorite musician of all time.Some have described his stuff as "oud chamber music" and that's appropriate, but each song is essentially a jazz piece.Brahem has cited Keith Jarrett as a major influence, and you can hear why...ECM is a fitting label!Brahem has a real gift for melody; as has been said elsewhere, most "world fusion" is jangly, and this stuff is anything BUT that.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
    This is one of the Cd's of the year if not the CD of the year in my humble opinion. I discovered it somewhat by chance at Divertimento a few eeks ago. I had lost interest a decade ago in the label ECM. This is a wonderfully played and recorded album. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Arabic    2. Avant-Garde Jazz    3. Ethnic Fusion    4. Jazz    5. Modal Music    6. Pop    7. Traditional Middle Eastern Folk    8. Tunisia    9. World Fusion   


    12. Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms, Vol. 1
    by Ark 21
    Audio CD (20 March, 2001)
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    Asin: B00005A8LX
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When Sting collaborated with Cheb Mami on the Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
    I just bought this CD along with a bunch of other and I absolutely love it. It's great for belly dancing too as well as just listening to while you're doing housework.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Foray to Rye Music
    This album is a splendid way to get into Rye music.Sting's hit single performance with Cheb Mami sparks interest, and the rest of the more obscure (in America, that is) tracks are all beautiful.Fun gift for somebody who is learning French (Maghreb music is often sung in French,) or just seeking out some more exotic music.Also, fabulously sultry dancing music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Arabic-influenced music
    I truly enjoy this album and disagree with those who do not feel it was worth the investment.Definitely a great introduction to Arabic cross-over music for those with a western palate.The song "Mon Amie La Rose," originally by Fran�oise Hardy, is so moving.Definitely check out the sample above.Natacha Atlas is divine.Several of the other songs like "Inchallah" stand out.But more than that, the compilation is pleasant and has good energy. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Algeria    2. Arabic    3. Club/Dance    4. Egypt    5. Int'l & World Music    6. Middle East    7. North Africa    8. Pop    9. Rai    10. V/a Compilations    11. World Fusion    12. World Music    13. Worldbeat   


    13. Concertos From My Childhood / Perlman, Foster
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (09 March, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000I7WE
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Here is one of the greatest violinists of this or any other time playing student pieces ranging from elementary to virtuosic, so that budding violinists can hear what they sound like in a master player's hands. Let it be said at once that Perlman lavishes on them as much loving care and heartfelt expressiveness as on the staples of the literature, playing with his inimitably beautiful, golden tone, easy brilliance, stylistic flair, and captivating charm. He's clearly having a grand time. His fans will not be disappointed. The orchestrations, by unidentified arrangers, greatly enhance the music's effects; the student orchestra sounds thoroughly professional. The disc's educational value, however, is open to question, because the technical resources of students learning these pieces are worlds removed from Perlman's. For example, he uses full vibrato and dazzling speeds; he plays in first position, as written, only in the Rieding concerto; in the Seitz, he succumbs to his flair for virtuoso slides. The Bériot is stunning; the Viotti, the only "real" piece that turns up in concerts, including Perlman's own, sounds beautiful, but strangely uninvolved. Experienced teachers may well fear that listening to this disc could intimidate, frustrate, and discourage students rather than inspire them. So, enjoy it, but keep it away from the kids! Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Listen! Discuss!
    Of course the kids should listed to this CD! Whether they are going to like it or not, whether it will sound imaginative enough, whether the articulation, rubato's, dynamics, vibrato's, slides, tone production etc will be thrilling or not, are all aspects that will be in the ears of the listeners and would form useful topics for discussion. Buy the CD before it is too late.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable; especially for violinists
    My dad bought this cd for me when I was only 8 years old; that time I was barely learning how to play the violin; now that I am learning the Accolay concerto, I was rummaging through my cds and found that this cd contained the Accolay concerto. I listened to it, mesmerized and fascinated on how the interpretation was very different than I thought it would be. Perlman is no Heifetz or Kriesler, but the fact that he played this when he was about my age must have brought back memories for him. He uses an extensive vibrato, and he dosen't fall into habits making it a little jumpy like he does for several other famous violin concertos. These several concertos on the cd may not be as famous as Tchaikovsky's, Mendelssohn's or Beethoven's, but it isn't too complicated, and the tune is very melodious. Highly Recommended

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great CD aimed at young violinists
    Perlman plays four concertos and one ballet scene that are usually played by intermediate level violin students. Recordings of these pieces are hard to find, so it is nice that a master of the violin decided to make a recording using a student orchestra at Juilliard.Perlman does a wonderful job of playing simple music.It is nice for children to have a recording showing them how one of the world's best violinists makes their beginner concertos into beautiful music.I highly recommend it for Suzuki students in Vol. 4 who are beginning to play concertos (the first Seitz in Vol. 4 is the 3rd movement of the Seitz Concerto no. 2 on this CD).It is nice to hear the concertos with full orchestra, instead of the usual violin plus piano that is usually found on the Suzuki CDs.
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    Subjects:  1. Ballet    2. Chamber Music & Recitals    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Concerto    7. Israel    8. Violin Concerto   


    14. Best of Bellydance from Egypt, Lebanon, Arabia & Turkey
    by Arc Music
    Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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    Asin: B000001IKL
    Sales Rank: 8861
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Best of Bellydance from Egypt, Lebanon, Arabia, and Turkey
    It is good and I like it but I am new to Belly danceing and found the music a bit to fast for me. I would say that this music would be for those more experienced at the art.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Varied & Diverse Although Often with an "Orchestrated' Sound
    This CD is a good start for listeners unfamiliar with the diversity of unique music and instruments from the Middle East and Arabia. The first six tracks are the most appealing as the music of each country, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Arabia is presented. One can develop an appreciation and taste for the 'belly dance' rhythm, unique progression of musical paths, and traditional instruments, that compose this most outstanding and easily recognizable genre of music (and dance). While the music is "contemporary" it is also at times, highly orchestrated. Luckily this occurs mostly in *only* the last 6 tracks. The first 6 selections have an interesting introduction before the primary music is played, it begins with either a dumbek or kanun or tanbur (tambur, lute-like instrument) which teases the listener, knowing full well, it is an 'appetizer' before a sumptious musical feast.Most of the selections include very dramatic and captivating improvisations on *traditional* instruments, such as the ney, the kanun, or theviolin. One is *easily* drawn into this sensuous and delightful music by the introduciton which, at times, is markedly different than the main musical melody. There is amusical transition musical to most of the selections that is smooth and very intense . The dumbek or other traditional instrument often defines the "raks araby" (Greek "tsitetelli", i.e. 'belly dance') styled rhythm although there are tracks when it is the lute or kanun which defines the rhythm.5-0 out of 5 stars Mystirious Passionate Musique !!
    I love this ablum very much !Read more

    Subjects:  1. Belly Dancing    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Middle East    4. Pop    5. V/a Compilations    6. World Music   


    15. Songs of Our Fathers
    by Acoustic Disc
    Audio CD (10 May, 1995)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $18.98
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    Asin: B000003919
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Another cross-cultural, acoustic-music synthesis is achieved on this collaboration between Grisman, the bluegrass/swing virtuoso who opens for Allison Krauss Thursday at Wolf Trap, and klezmer star Statman. Both are mandolinists, and on this album of seven traditional klezmer tunes, four Shlomo Carlebach compositions, and one Statman original, Statman challenges Grisman to play up to the tradition's standards, while Grisman challenges Statman to push the tradition's envelope. The result is a creative tension that keeps the music exciting. The two leaders are backed by a band that includes Meyer, classical guitarist Enrique Coria, and Phil Spector drummer Hal Blaine. For Grisman and Blaine, who are ethnically but not musically Jewish, this project is an emotional homecoming and those feelings can be heard in the playing. Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Boring
    I love mandolin, I love clarinet, and I love klezmir music. Most of the songs on this album, while beautifully played by great musicians are BORING. They sound like background music to dull scenes in "The Godfather". One Mandolin duet is brilliant and a couple of other cuts are very good but, my advice: listen to the entire CD before buying. Not just the snippets that Amazon allows you to hear. I did that and was still disapointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Klezmer
    If you like Klezmer, if you appreciate smokin' fun music, buy this and turn it up. Wow. I tried to borrow my father's copy, but he bought me my own instead. This is one of my favorite CD's. Buy it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An almost lost world
    I picked up this CD the local library. Listened once, and liked it, listened a second time and knew for certain I had to have my own copy. Grab a cup, or glass, of your favorite beverage, get comfortable, turn the lights low and listen. You will be transported back in time to an era that's not lost, just hiding for the moment. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this music, though it may well add a little extra to the experience, you just have to listen. Buy it. You won't begrudge the few dollars, I promise you. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bluegrass    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Israel    4. Jewish: Trad. & Klezmer    5. Pop    6. Traditional Bluegrass    7. World Music   


    16. Awakening from Above
    by Shefa
    Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H1RFVY
    Sales Rank: 4220
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    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Israel    3. Jewish    4. Jewish: Trad. & Klezmer    5. Klezmer    6. New Acoustic    7. Pop    8. Progressive Bluegrass   


    17. Immortal Egypt
    by New World Music
    Audio CD (20 October, 1998)
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    Asin: B00000DLWF
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This, the third pairing of Brit multi-instrumentalist Thornton and Egyptian percussionist Ramzy, further explores Middle Eastern dance motifs in a contemporary setting. Recording the basic tracks in the U.K., they went to Cairo and invited some of the top local musicians to collaborate. Flute, violin, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars very hot
    I COMPLETELY concur with Brendanna's assessment as well as the others: turn the lights out, light a bunch of candles, and let the music from this cd create the rest of the atmosphere.Its hypnotic and erotic.Each time you listen you hear different instrument elements.I'm definitely going to look for more of this artist combination of Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy.Hossam is the percussion king in my book.The horns in the title track "Immortal Eqypt" are awesome, it leads the imagination to picture an ancient Egyptian celebratory procession through ancient city streets with all the pomp and circumstance these events beheld.My girlfriends love to entertain with belly dancing to this track, I love it!!Unfortunately, my cd got stuck in my car's player!! Fortunately I had already dubbed it to the pc.Definitely a good listen if you're a world music lover who appreciates the sophisticated blend of the modern and the ancient traditional. For parties I like to play different music in each congregation space, this definitely gets heavy rotation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fab sounds
    Immortal egypt is a brilliant album. I would recommend it to everyone interested in any middle eastern music. It has everything. Its so beautiful i listen to it a lot!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHAT MUSIC YOU LIKE...
    Its really something you should have in your collection. I like all kinds of music, and this one works for me to. My mind flows with every rythm of the songs.... It opens up your imagination to do whatever you want... specially if you are playful and kinky..haha... What I really mean is that you just need to turn off the lights, light on a bunch of candles and let the music make the rest.... just listen to it and it will tells you what to do. dance, breath, stretch, pray, anything. As for me, I would recommend you the tracks:
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    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Fusion    2. Meditation    3. New Age    4. New Age / Meditation    5. Pop    6. Progressive Electronic    7. Space    8. Spiritual    9. World Music   


    18. Bellydance Superstars, Vol. 2
    by Mondo Melodia
    Audio CD (24 February, 2004)
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    Asin: B0001DMXX8
    Sales Rank: 19005
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
    I am belly dancer and have been for almost two years. I recently bought this cd and it is really good. I feel like there is a lot of variety, though I still have to say, I like number one a little better. It's still good. I have to point out, at the Utah Belly Dance Festival, I heard a number of these songs a gazillion songs. Remember, if you are doing a performance, and want something really unique, these songs are commonly used. Some more so than others, I admit, but still.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Different But Just As Great As Volume 1
    I listened to this CD just a few times before it grew on me, and it did so quickly. My first impression was that it is completely different than the compilation of Volume 1, so if you own the first CD, keep an open mind and let go of your expectations. Where Volume 1 contains mostly bellydance and middle eastern classics, Volume 2 is made up of more modern, pop and techno tracks, such as "Entrance Of The Stars," a song that was composed specifically for the Superstars and Desert Roses. This one has several shorter tracks suitable for solo performances and I like that!I found the perfect song for my sword dance in this compilation! I think that it's important for a dancer to be willing to try a variety of music and dance styles, and this is a great addition to your library.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Another good compilation!
    I enjoyed this one very much as well.Not as much as the first one but hey.....greatness of music is in the ears of the listener.Again the variety of music is great and there is plenty in both Superstars albums to bring out the choreographer in us Raks Sharquiteurs.
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    Subjects:  1. Belly Dancing    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Middle East / Asia Minor    4. Pop    5. Rock/Pop Collections   


    19. Itzhak Perlman - Live in the Fiddler's House
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (12 November, 1996)
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    Asin: B000002SMI
    Sales Rank: 42779
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection of klezmer favorites!
    Premiere violinist Itzhak Perlman is joined live in concert by four premiere klezmer groups: Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, Andy Statman, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.Vibrant, poignant and distinctly old-world, klezmer is the musical style that developed among Eastern European Jews.Featuring the soulful fire of violin, clarinet, accordion, mandolin and vocal leads, accompanied by cimbalom (a hammered-dulcimer), piano, drums.There are a few soulful slow tunes mixed in amongst the fiery dances, but most of the selections on "Live in the Fiddler's House" are fun and up tempo, full of the instrumental virtuosity one would expect both of this genre, and of a concert violinist of Itzhak Perlman caliber.Klezmer is some of the world's best good-time music, right up there with Irish jigs, Cajun two-steps and country banjo pickin'.But it's not all sweetness and light; inherent in the mournful, minor mode of this traditional music is blend of opposites--both the sorrow of persecution and defiant sense of fun-in-the-moment inherent of a culture displaced, trying to maintain its identity in an ever-changing and often hostile world. And therein lies klezmer's appeal to the soul.For more great Jewish music, try any of the separate releases by Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, Andy Statman and his band, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.You might also enjoy "The Hidden Gate: Jewish Music Around the World," the traditional Sephardic music of the group Voice of the Turtle, and the unplugged world fusion of Basya Schechter and Pharoah's Daughter in "Out of the Reeds."
    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Klezmer album
    To me, this is the best klezmer album I've ever listened to (and I have quite a few). And it's a live album. Although it's a kind of live version of "In the Fiddler's House", the repertoire is not the same (they only share one or two songs). The bands accompanying Itzhak Perlman are at their best (they are the best klezmer performers!). I prefer, personally, Andy Statman's clarinet and mandolin (Andy's Ride and Meron Nign/In the Sukke are my favorites); then there are great moments with Brave Old World (Doina Naftule and A Hora mit Branfn are beautiful pieces) and the Klezmatics, of course. The 12 minute finale is an absolute well crafted medley, under Klezmer Conservatory Band's leader, Hankus Netsky. I did'n want it to end.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This was a fun C.D.
    Forpeople who are into Klezmer music this is the finest C.D.!For Klezmer music lovers, this is a masterpiece. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music & Recitals    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Israel   


    20. Le Pas Du Chat Noir
    by Ecm Records
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    Asin: B00006EXHT
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem has chosen to work in a trio setting this time out, accompanied by Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Brahem states in the liner notes that these pieces were actually composed on the piano, emerging while he was taking a much-needed short break from his primary instrument. While Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent music
    The music on this CD has a beautifully interweaving combination of instuments. The lovely melodies are simple and complex at the same time, and evoke pleasant reverie. Everyone we have played it for enjoyed it very much.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, But...

    5-0 out of 5 stars But wait...
    Let this grow on you - it is music for gentle reflection, not dancing! Sublime, meditative. It always makes me think new thoughts. Deeply lovely. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Pop    3. World Music   


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