"Jordi Savall has long been one for dreaming up fascinating concepts for his albums. But musically tracking the disparate cultures of Jerusalem is ambitious even for him. Whether or not you (as does our reviewer) find this a mite too ambitious for two discs, the playing here is wonderful and the presentation is of showpiece quality: the discs fit inside what amounts to a handsomely illustrated book on the subject."
"Musik som river murar"
"Imponerande och tankeväckande."
400 pages deluxe book
Booklet : English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Hebrew, Arab
"In the festival's closing concert devoted to Jerusalem (a Jewish, Arab and Christian city, a city of pilgrimage, exile and refuge), Savall made a powerful and timely statement. By bringing them together without blurring their boundaries, he has proved that these highly refined musical expressions are intimately related. Emotion ran high among the audience at the end of a long concert which boldly threaded together apparently very different musical traditions, such as a plaintive kamancha solo and the recording by the cantor Shlomo Katz - who survived Auschwitz because an SS guard was moved by his song - of a threnody dedicated to the victims of Auschwitz. Their similarity in tone and sound was striking. Among many others on stage were an Arab Israeli singer, an Israeli Jewish singer (the extraordinary Lior Elmalich), the Iraqi- Hungarian son of the great Munir Bachir, a Spanish singer who sings in Arabic and Ladino (the language of the Sephardic Jews), an Israeli of Iraqi origin, musicians from Greece and France, etc, etc. The transition from one piece to the next was both impeccable and inspired by the ear, not the intellect, under the watchful eye of Jordi Savall, who listens to others with the same depth of concentration that he instils into his own playing. One couldn't help thinking that it is all so transparent, as witnessed by these musicians who join hands while the bombs continue to claim lives. One couldn't help hoping that examples such as this will multiply, and that the "power of music", in which the two Catalan driving forces behind one of the world's finest festivals so fervently believe, will prevail."
(Le Monde on the same "Jerusalem" repertoire, performed during the Fontfroide Festival in August, 2008