Various Artists

Classical and Religious Music

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The Mevlevi Sufi mystical sect that Westerners call the Dancing Dervishes place particular stress on music and dance as spiritual exercises -- above all a ritual representing the movement of the heavenly bodies. There is an extract from a Mevlevi ritual here, along with ghazals, hymns, and pieces for 'ud, santur, kanun, and several other instruments. The fine photos and notes are more musically detailed than is usual even for Musicaphon releases.