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Souvenance

Anouar Brahem

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1
Improbable Day
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
12:41
2
Ashen Sky
Anouar Brahem
7:37
3
Deliverance
Anouar Brahem
5:08
4
Souvenance
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
9:17
5
Tunis At Dawn
Anouar Brahem
6:42
6
Youssef's Song
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
10:24
7
January
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
7:20
8
Like A Dream
Anouar Brahem
9:40
9
On The Road
Anouar Brahem
7:59
10
Kasserine
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
9:36
11
Nouvelle vague
Anouar Brahem; Pietro Mianiti; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
2:40
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:29:04
"Five Stars ... with a masterful narrative like Souvenance, it's an opportunity for everyone to experience the emotional impact, and look, hopefully, towards the kind of shared understanding that's all too rare, but all too necessary, in an increasingly turbulent and intolerant world."
- All About Jazz

The music on Souvenance is graceful, hypnotic, taut and starkly dramatic, reflecting the political upheaval sweeping oud-master Anouar Brahem's homeland of Tunisia and its neighbouring countries. Joining Brahem is his frequent collaborator, French pianist François Couturier, supported by subtle string orchestration from the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana and conductor Pietro Mianiti. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members and, above all, Brahem’s unique oud-playing, stand out in bold relief.

"It took a long time to write this music. I don’t claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia, but I have been deeply affected by them."
- Anouar Brahem
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded May 2014
Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano
Engineers: Stefano Amerio, Michael Rast (RSI)
Mixed in Lugano August 2014 by Manfred Eicher, Anouar Brahem & Stefano Amerio, Michael Rast (RSI)
Executive producer RSI: Alissa Pedotti_Nembrini
Cover photo: Nacer Talel (Tunis, January 18, 2011)
Film stills: Norbert Wiedmer
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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