Volume I showcases music written by the imperial sultans themselves, whose devotion to composing and performing intricate Ottoman art music is one of the cultural marvels of the Empire. Lalezar covers 5 centuries of sultan composers, including Murad IV (1623-40), known best for his military campaigns and homicidal purges, Selim III (1789-1808), whose masterpiece Sevkutarab kâr has never before been recorded, and the last sultan Mehmed VI (1918-1922), whose haunting verses capture the spirit of an empire in its last throes.
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.