Dirty Linen (2-3/96, p.83) - "Tanburi Cemil Bey...was one of the great Turkish composers of art music and a man whose creations are still very much alive in the Middle East....remastered from old 78's, the primitiveness of the recordings does not mask the beauty and mastery of the performance"
Cemil Bey (whom the notes compare to Mozart -- a reach, but it gives some idea of his importance) was an innovator as well as a virtuoso on the tanbur lute, primarily known for his compositions. These wax cylinder recordings from the turn of the century breathtakingly reveal his immense talent as a musician. They are a revelation as well as a treasure.~ Carl Hoyt
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