Atma "Classique" ACD 2 2388
Ⓟ + © 2005
1. CANCIONERO MUSICAL DE PALACIO
Ya soi desposado, Oy comamos y bebamos [6:20]
2. GILLEBERT DE BERNEVILLE
De moi dolereus vos chant (rotrouenge) [5:00]
La Septime Estampie [5:03]
4. CHASTELAIN DE COUCI (v.1165-1203)
Li nouviauz tanz et mais et violete [6:50]
5. GUY ROSS
6. ROMANCE SÉFARADE - SALONIQUE
Hero y Leandro [2:47]
ROMANCE SÉFARADE - ISTANBUL
Ven querida [2:27]
8. ROMANCE SÉFARADE - ISTANBUL
9. ROMANCE SEFARADE - RHODES
Hija mia mi querida [3:45]
10. ROMANCE SÉFARADE - RHODES
El regateo de las consuegras [4:00]
11. CANTIGAS DE SANTA MARIA
Pero que seja a gente, Virgen Madre [7:06]
12. DIMITRIUS CANTEMIR (1673-1723)
Bouselik Pishref [5:05]
KIYA TABASSIAN — setar
GUY ROSS — 'ud, lute
VIOLE DE GAMBE — viola de gamba, fiddle
MATTHEW JENNEJOHN — mute cornett, cornetto, recorders
ZIYA TABASSIAN — percussion
with the voices of
DANIEL TAYLOR 
ANNE AZÉMA 
FRANÇOISE ATLAN 
GHADA SHBEIR 
L'ENSEMBLE EN CHORDAIS et IMANE HOMSY, qanun [11-12]
KIYA TABASSIAN — artistic direction
its inception in 1998, Constantinople has endeavoured to find a unique
mode of expression and a new, creative approach to interpreting the
music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. To do so, the group
juxtaposes a careful study of historical manuscripts with a pursuit of
the living oral tradition of the Near and Middle East—more specifically,
the classical Persian tradition.
The ensemble uses early European instruments such as the lute, vihuela, medieval harp, viola da gamba, fiddle, recorder, cornetto, and shawm, alongside instruments from the Middle East such as the setar (a plucked stringed instrument from Persia), the tombak, daf, and dayereh (Persian percussion instruments), and the 'ud (one of the most ancient instruments of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and the ancestor of the European lute).
The ensemble won the "Discovery of the Year" prize granted by the Conseil québécois de la musique at the 2003 Prix Opus ceremony and is Ensemble in Residence for the Radio-Canada radio service for the 2004-2005 season.
Daniel Taylor is now one of today's most sought-after countertenors. His Glyndebourne operatic debut in Peter Sellars' production of Handel's Theodora was greeted with unanimous critical praise. He receives invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world's leading early and contemporary music ensembles, appearing in opera, oratorio, and in concert. Daniel Taylor has recorded more than 15 CDs for the ATMA label, many of which have won awards such as Prix Opus, Félix, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Goldberg.
French soprano Anne Azéma is one of the world's leading interpreters of early vocal music. She has been acclaimed by critics for her original, passionate, and vivid approach to songs and texts of the Middle Ages. She has also been widely praised in many other repertoires, from Renaissance lute songs to Baroque to 20th-century music theatre.
A featured soloist with the Boston Camerata and Camerata Mediterranea, she has taken prominent roles in many of these ensembles' tours and recordings.
Born in 1964 and graced with a naturally beautiful voice developed through her childhood, Françoise Atlan began to learn the piano with her mother at age six. After her musical studies at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory, she perfected her vocal technique with Andréa Guiot at the Paris Opéra. Her Judeo-Berber roots brought her to develop a keen interest in traditional music, particularly of the Mediterranean region.
Born in1969 in Lebanon, Ghada Shbeir is a Master in Musicology and took a degree in Arab Music of the Eastern Mediterranean. She has specialized in Byzantine ecclesiastical music of the Eastern Mediterranean, and also in Arab-Andalusian music and the Syriac musical tradition, in the Aramaic dialect. She teaches at the Conservatory of Beirut and at the USEK University of Lebanon. She won the award of the Third World-wide Festival of Arab Music in Cairo in 1997.