La porta d’Oriente: The Manuscript of Ali Ufki | Glossa GCD924501

La porta d’Oriente: The Manuscript of Ali Ufki


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD924501

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th June 2020



Marco Beasley (tenor)
Kiya Tabassian (setar, voice)


Kiya Tabassian


Marco Beasley (tenor)
Kiya Tabassian (setar, voice)


Kiya Tabassian


A 17th-century manuscript that was compiled by Albert Bobowski, a Polish musician and orientalist, contains songs of the Italian Renaissance and the Ottoman court.

Bobowski, alias Ali Ufki, was born around 1610 in Poland and worked in Constantinople at the Ottoman court where he was involved with many diplomats, clerics and travellers as translator, language teacher, mediator and adviser.

Thanks to his diverse skills and profound knowledge of the Islamic-Ottoman and Christian-European cultures, he became a valued mediator between the two worlds during his lifetime.

In this collection of European and Ottoman vocal and instrumental, sacred and secular, court and popular music, Ali Ufki switches between languages and music genres with a fantastic ease and naturalness.

Together with the Italian tenor Marco Beasley, the ensemble Constantinople makes this collection accessible again with that very same ease and naturalness. The musicians brilliantly succeed in congenially bridging the gap between the cultures of Europe and the Orient, just as Ali Ufki did centuries ago.


Giulio Caccini - Dalla porta d’Oriente
Ali Ufki - Zarb-e Fath (instr.)
Claudio Saracini - Quest’amore, quest’arsura
Barbara Strozzi - Che si può fare?
Ali Ufki - Uyan ey Gözlerim
Torquato Tasso - Prologo alla notte (Gerusalemme liberata)
Claudio Monteverdi - Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Ali Ufki - Fath-e Bâb (instr.)
Canto tradizionale/Kiya Tabassian - Fronni d’alia
Canto tradizionale/Kiya Tabassian - Ey Sārebān
Hafez - Ghazal 1 & 3
Torquato Tasso - Versi (Gerusalemme liberata)
Pietro Paolo Borrono - La Canella (instr.)
Anonymous - La campana sona! (tarantella)
Ali Ufki - Samai Frenci
Ali Ufki - Samai Nishaburak (instr.)
Anonymous - Como sencza la vita (tarantella, Naples)
Sultan Korkut - Kürdi Pishrow (instr.)
Athanasius Kircher - Compendium Tarantulae (instr.)

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