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Sufi/Bach: Orient Meets Occident

Sufi/Bach - Orient Meets Occident / Various
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7333   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ahmet KayaSufi TraditionalVolkan GumusluJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ahmet KayaSerkan Mesut HaliliRene PerlerEva Oltiványi,   ... 
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-EnsembleDie Freitagsakademie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Pocket Opera Company's SUFI/BACH summer concerts as part of the 2008 Zurich festival presented a unique encounter between orient and occident on a musical level: Sufi songs (with dervish dancing) and Bach's cantatas BWV 93 and 107. Orthodox Islam as well as some Christians are weary of the inherent power of music to elicit sensual pleasure and thus subjugate the power of the word. Thus, Saint Hieronymus rejected singing as the making of the devil. His view was defeated, however, by Saint Ambrosias, who introduced music, an angelic art, into liturgy, as a means to express the inexpressible. Islam, however, to this day includes the Order of the Sufi which is dedicated to music and consciously uses the power of music to elicit trance and Read more ecstasy as a religious practice, thus allowing for pleasure and sensual experience. The famous circular dance of the Dervish is an example of this. By juxtaposing both forms of music, riveting the Zurich audiences in the fully packed church, we explored both commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity while discovering a similarly mystical effect of music in approaching spirituality in both religions. Our production explored the possibility of transporting the idealised word of both religions into a sensual experience, even achieving ecstatic effects with Bach's formally strict cantatas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Improvisation for neyzen by Ahmet Kaya
Performer:  Ahmet Kaya (Ney)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Tekbir (Prayer), Segâh chorale for traditional ensemble by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Salâtü ümmiyye (Praise the Prophet), Segâh chorale for traditional ensemble by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Ey Allahum Beni senden ayirma (O My Allah, Don't Separate Me From You), Hüzzam chorale for tradition by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Dinle Sözümü sana direm, özge edadir (Listen to My Message), Segâh chorale for traditional ensemble by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Mevlam sana ersem diye (My Lord, I Reach Out to You), Hicaz chorale for traditional ensemble by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Gece gündüz döne döne (Whirling Day and Night), Hicaz chorale for traditional ensemble by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Gelin gidelim efendim (Let's Go, My Lord) / Gönül hayran oluptur ask elinden (The Heart Admires the by Sufi Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Burhan Oçal Sufi-Ensemble
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Improvisation for kanun & keman by Volkan Gumuslu
Performer:  Serkan Mesut Halili (Kanun)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 93 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rene Perler (), Eva Oltiványi (), Stephen Smith (Chamber Organ),
Simon Witzig ()
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Freitagsakademie
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Was willst du dich betrüben, o meine liebe Seel', BWV 107 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eva Oltiványi (), Simon Witzig (), Rene Perler (),
Stephen Smith (Chamber Organ)
Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Freitagsakademie
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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