Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Brian Keane - Suleyman The Magnificent (OST)

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Artist & Band: Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Brian Keane
Title Of Album: Suleyman The Magnificent
Year Of Release: August 31, 1987 (Copyright: 1988 Celestial Harmonies)
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Studio/Live: Studio
Genre, Style:  Soundtrack, World Music, Turkish Music, Meditation, Folk
Type, Quality: FLAC (track), lossless; mp3, 256 kbps
Total Time: 55:40
Total Size: FLAC - 309.06 MB; mp3 - 100.19 MB; Covers - 14.72 MB

Süleyman the Magnificent is the eponymous soundtrack to a film focusing on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire, Süleyman. He reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. He helped to usher in a golden age of art and architecture.

Brian Keane's soundtrack, comprised of traditional Turkish melodies as well as his own original compositions, embodies the film's historic sense of greatness and splendor with music as exciting and profound as the great Sultan's reign.

Turkish virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek brings Keane's brilliant score to life with his masterful play through his mastery of a wide range of authentic Turkish instruments including the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute—a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads).

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Süleyman the Magnificent originally aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and Ohio State Film Festival awards.
Suleyman the Magnificent is the seminal album of Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Brian Keane, where Turkish traditionalism met American atmospherics. Tekbilek was a Turkish immigrant who was playing belly-dancing music with his group, the Sultans. Keane was a producer of pop and jazz and a notable guitarist. While scoring his soundtrack to the documentary, Suleyman the Magnificent, Keane wanted some authentic Turkish sounds to accompany this tale of the Ottoman Empire and one of its sultans. He got that and more with Tekbilek. From the opening forlorn cry of the kaval flute on "Scenes of Istanbul," the music here (all based on traditional modes and rhythms, but most of it original) conjures up ancient palaces and desert plains. Keane adds subtle synthesizer pads to some songs, but most of them feature Tekbilek wailing across a kinetic percussion bed or blowing some of the most serene melodies this side of heaven. --John Diliberto
Suleyman the Magnificent is the soundtrack for the film of the same name which focuses on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire. Sultan Suleyman reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. His was a golden age of art and architecture. Brian Keane's soundtrack embodies this historic sense of greatness and splendor. The music is at once exciting and profound. Keane has brilliantly scored traditional Turkish melodies and his own original melodies from a combination of authentic Turkish instruments. These instruments include the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute--a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads). The film aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and the Ohio State Film Festival awards. It was produced in conjunction with the opening of an art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for which major funding for the film was provided by the Republic of Turkey.

Song title:
1 Istanbul'dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul) 3'39"
2 Gögün Yedi Kati (Seven Spheres of Heaven) 1'31"
3 Egeli Gemici (Aegean Sailor) 2'41"
4 Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) 3'12"
5 Ussak Semai (Piece in 10/8) 3'27"
6 Nihâvend Fantazi (Modal Fantasy) 1'30"
7 Kuzeydeki Köy (Northern Villlage) 2'00"
8 Topkapinin Bahcesi (Garden at Topkapi) 1'54"
9 Rast Medhal (Prelude in Rast Mode) 6'24"
10 Süleymanin Öyküsü (The Story of Süleyman) 2'00"
11 Teke Ziplamasi (Goat Jumper) 3'07"
12 Mevlânâ (Whirling Dervishes) 3'49"
13 Segâh Pesrevi (Prelude in Segah Mode) 5'09"
14 Hicaz Taksimi (Improvisation in Hicaz Mode) 1'13"
15 Hicaz Pesrevi (Prelude in Hicaz Mode) 2'14"
16 Makber (Gates of Heaven) 3'49"
17 Istanbul'dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul/Reprise) 5'50"

Omar Faruk Tekbilek: ney, kaval, baglama, darbuka, daire, def and vocals
Dincer Dalkilic: rabab, tanbur, ney, percussion
Emin Gunduz: kanun
Brian Keane: synthesizer, guitar, kanun, tanbur and percussion

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