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Early Music Show Special: Al-Andalus!

Hannah French and her studio guests, musicologist Jonathan Shannon, art historian Sabiha Al Khemir and historian Hugh Kennedy, explore the music and culture of Al-Andalus.

AL-ANDALUS! THE TREASURES OF MOORISH SPAIN & PORTUGAL.

A day of programme exploring the music and culture of Al-Andalus - the 800 year period of Muslim rule in Spain and Portugal which ended in 1492. Al-Andalus was both a beacon of learning and knowledge in the Middle Ages and a place of subordination for Christians and Jews. The music and culture which emerged from the three faiths left a unique legacy.

Hannah French is joined in the studio by guests including musicologist Jonathan Shannon, Islamic art historian Sabiha al Khemir and historian Hugh Kennedy to explore the music and culture of Al-Andalus, with contributions from linguist Dr Alice Corr and food writer Claudia Roden.

1200 - Hannah French introduces us to some of sights and sounds pf Al-Andalus alongside guests Sabiha al Khemir and Hugh Kennedy.

1215 – THE MUSIC OF AL-ANDALUS
Singer and performer Belinda Sykes delves into the Arabic influences on the music of the Iberian Peninsula - connections, parallels and differences between the various secular repertoires of medieval Spain.

1315 - Hannah French and guests explore how the culture of Al-Andalus has influenced modern-day Spanish and Portuguese language, architecture, food, literature and music, including contributions from linguist Dr Alice Corr (Birmingham University) and food writer Claudia Roden.

1345 - FADO, & FLAMENCO – legacy of a different sort
Elizabeth Kinder delves into more contemporary Spanish and Portuguese music including fado, flamenco and fandango to find out how the music of Al-Andalus has left its mark. With contributions from Rui Nery (foremost expert on fado, based in Lisbon), Juan Pinilla (flamenco singer, based in Granada) and Anita La Maltesa (performer of fandango and flamenco dance, based in London).

1410 – Hannah French and guests ask where the Al-Andalus traditions are most alive today, in music, language, architecture and writing.

1415 - AMINA ALAOUI
Amina Alaoui is a Moroccan-born exponent of the Andalus tradition, who really opened the doors for female singers to perform this repertoire. Having studied in Granada, she specialises in the gharnati (the Arabic word for Granada) style of music. Amina talks about her studies, her career and about her love of this music, and we hear some of her favourite music.

1430 - Hannah French and her studio guests return to examine some of the myths and memories of Al-Andalus amongst Muslims and Europeans today

1440 - ORCHESTRE ARABO-ANDALOUI DE FEZ
This musical tradition is still very much alive in north Africa today, but much less so in Spain and Portugal. We hear from musician Mohammed Briouel, artistic director of the Morocco-based Orchestre Arabo-Andaloui de Fes, to find out what this music means to him and his peers.

1450
Hannah French and her guests sum up the afternoon with final thoughts and some delicious treats courtesy of Claudia Roden!

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Trad.

    Muwashshaha "Ya-Ghusayna-L-Bani"

    Ensemble: Al Turath Ensemble.
    • ALMAVIVA.
  • Träd

    Ida Yahij

    Singer: Amina Alaoui. Ensemble: Ahmed Piro Orchestra.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Alfonso X of Castile (El Sabio)

    Des oge mais quer' eu trobar

    Ensemble: The Boston Camerata.
    • ERATO.
  • Alfonso X of Castile (El Sabio)

    Tant' e Santa Maria [Cantigas de Santa Maria]

    Ensemble: Ensemble Gilles Binchois.
    • AMBROISIE.
  • Anonymous

    Maravillosos e piadosos

    Performer: Henri Agnel. Performer: Bijan Chemirani. Singer: Amina Alaoui.
  • Ibn al-Khatib of Granada

    Istikhbar

    Performer: Henri Agnel. Performer: Bijan Chemirani. Singer: Hamdi Benani.
  • Martín Codax

    Mandad' ei comigo [Cantigas de Amigo]

    Ensemble: Ensemble Alcatraz. Ensemble: KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble.
    • DORIAN.
  • Martín Codax

    Ondas do mar de vigo; Mandad' ei comigo

    Singer: Mara Kiek. Ensemble: Sinfonye.
    • HYPERION.
  • Todros Ibn Abulaifa of Castile

    Ya hadiya raka'ib

    Ensemble: Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes.
    • JOGLARESA.
  • Wallada bint al-Mustakfi

    Estoy Hecha Para La Gloria

    Ensemble: El Arabi Ensemble. Director: Eduardo Paniagua.
    • Pneuma.
  • Anon

    Como poden per sas culpas

    Ensemble: Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes.
    • Metronome.
  • Alfonso X of Castile (El Sabio)

    Non sofre Santa Maria

    Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Traditional Hebrew

    Adonai shamati

    Ensemble: Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes.
    • JOGLARESA.
  • Codex Las Huelgas

    Catholicorum concio

    Ensemble: Sequentia. Director: Barbara Thornton. Director: Benjamin Bagby.
    • DHM.
  • Albertus Parisiensis

    Congaudeant catholici

    Ensemble: Discantus.
    • Jade.
  • Ibn al-'Arabi

    Ode D'ibn Arabi

    Performer: Bijan Chemirani. Singer: Amina Alaoui. Ensemble: Henri Agnel.
    • AUVIDIS.
  • Traditional Moroccan-Andalusi

    Rifqan

  • Traditional Moroccan-Andalusi

    Rifqan

    Music Arranger: Begoña Olavide. Ensemble: Mudéjar. Director: Begoña Olavide.
    • Al-Son.
    • Karonte.
    • 1.
  • Traditional Syrian

    Ayuha Al Saki

    Performer: Sabah Fakhri.
    • Cairo Beirut Audio.
  • Anouar Brahem

    Les Jardins de Ziryab

    Performer: Anouar Brahem.
    • ECM.
  • Traditional Sephardic

    Galeas, mis galeas

    Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars.
    • Naxos.
  • Alfonso X of Castile (El Sabio)

    Humanidad de Santa Maria [Cantigas de Santa Maria]

    Ensemble: Eduardo Paniagua.
    • Sony.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Concierto de Aranjuez (1st mvt)

    Performer: John Williams. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.

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