Udi Yorgo Bacanos, the standard-bearer of the modern school of Turkish ud playing, is the kind of musician that musicians listen to. If his contemporary, the great blind master Udi Hrant (CD 4265, 4270, 4271), was the soul of the ud, then Yorgo was the intellect. His technique and musicality have been admired by virtually every middle-eastern musician of his time and ours. In the 1920s, Yorgo travelled throughout Europe and the Middle East, spreading his art to Egypt, where he collaborated with the renowned diva Umm Kulthum. This collection includes his landmark recordings from 1920 to 1960, as well as rare radio broadcasts of his most famous performances, never before issued commercially.