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Great Voices of Constantinople: 1927-1933

  • 1. Manes Tis Avyis
    2. Nitschun Guerdum - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    3. Hasapaki Dhen Se Thlo Pia (Dhimodhes) Hasapiko
    4. Kouch Sesleri - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    5. Ta Baglamadhkia (Dhimodhes) Zeimbkiko
    6. Kilbournou ifte Tellisi - Kemani Cevdet Bey
    7. Mans Kiourdil
    8. Hicaz Gazel-Shehabi Sureti Ciba - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    9. Mi Smyrni Stin Kokkini
    10. Sevdim Vallah Severim Billah (Bimen Sen) - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    11. O Kamos Tou Fthiskio
    12. Neva Gazel - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    13. Mans Si Be Mol Smyrnkos
    14. Konyali (Mehmet Bey) - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    15. Dherviski (K. Skarvlis)
    16. Rast Tempolu Gazel - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    17. Mes 'Tou Singro Ti Fillaki (A. Dhiamandidhis)
    18. Neva Usak Gazel - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    19. To Baglamadhki Spse (A. Dhiamandidhou) Syrtos
    20. argah Gazel Tempolu - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    21. Rozika (A. Dhiamandidhis) Karsilamas
    22. Neva Hicaz Gazel - Haffuz Burhan Bey
    23. Katinki Mou Yi Sna (K. Karipis) Syrtos
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1113

  • Credits
    EngineerA.D. Lawrence

    Personnel: Lambros Leondaridhis (guitar, lyra, mandola); Andnios Amirlis (guitar, mandola, accordion); Kstas Skarvlis (guitar, mandola); Spyros Peristeris (guitar); Agpios Tombolis (oud); Dhimitrios Semsis, P. "Ktro" Makrykstas (violin); Rza Eskenzi (spoons).
    Recording information: Athens, Greece (09/??/1927-12/16/1933); Istanbul, Turkey (09/??/1927-12/16/1933).
    Translator: Charles Howard.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Rza Eskenzi.
    Rare popular 78s recorded in Athens and Constantinople in the late '20s and early '30s, most of the 23 tracks attributed to Andonios Dalgas (who recorded in Athens and sang in Greek) or Hafiz Burhan (who recorded in Constantinople and sang in Turkish). The title is a bit misleading; it's a combination of vintage Greek and Turkish music, not solely Turkish as you might assume, although Dalgas was born in Constantinople. It's mostly melancholy material with considerable variety in the arrangements, employing oud, lyra, and saz, as well as less exotic (to Western ears) instruments such as violin, guitar, and accordion. The vocalists emote in an Aeolian style that might nowadays be considered unbecomingly grandiose, although they at the same time project a sense of dignity. The sound is as good as could be expected with transfers from old 78s, though much surface noise is still audible. ~ Richie Unterberger

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