Cemil Bey was the most famous composer of instrumental art music in the late Ottoman Empire, whom the notes compare to Johann Sebastian Bach. These pre-World War I recordings are documents without parallel, and remarkably well-recorded. Ozhan, a virtuoso of the saz lute, here turns to another lute and takassinm to the classical Turkish repertoire. The result is meditative music whose apparent timelessness is in reality molded by a musical sensibility both steeped in tradition and intensely contempoarary. If Cemil Bey is Turkey's Bach, Julian Bream was the Ozkan of the European lute.
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AllMusic Review by John Storm Roberts