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Dream Of The Orient / Concerto Köln, Saraband


Release Date: 01/10/2003 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 474193   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartTraditionalChristoph W. GluckJoseph Martin Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Vladimir IvanoffWerner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SarbandConcerto Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though primarily known for its focus on world and new age music, Sarband has previously made a handful of Medieval and borderline Renaissance/Eastern-influenced crossover recordings to well-deserved acclaim (type Q3642 in Search Reviews). With Dream of the Orient, Sarband, in collaboration with Concerto Köln, goes farther up the time line and turns its attention to late-18th-century Western classicism. Unlike in its previous early music efforts, where Eastern and Western secular music traditions are less stylistically distinct, here the idiomatic musical differences between the age of Mozart in the West and the long-standing traditions that persisted during the same period in the Middle East are far more apparent.

For
Read more example, in the "Introduction" we hear a brief, quiet improvised cello and kemânçe i-Rûmi (bowed fiddle with three strings) duet that is followed without pause by a rousing performance of Mozart's Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio (note to audiophiles: be very careful because the dynamic contrast here couldn't be more startling). Another "Introduction" follows, this time with a ney (Turkish reed flute) solo set against a new-agey murmur that again without pause folds into a whimsical dance arrangement (by Sarband director Vladimir Ivanoff) of a piece titled Concerto turco nominato "Izia semaisi", attributed to one Marquis de Ferriol, that sounds like a "reconstruction" in the most liberal sense of the term.

As the program continues you begin to feel that whatever Turkish influence these composers experienced was born more of a superficial flirtation with its exotic subject matter than from any genuine embrace or integration of musical style. Perhaps the most blatant example offered juxtaposes an anonymous Turkish piece titled "Hünkar pesrevi" (Entrance of the Sultan) with a ballet exerpt "Marcia del sultano" from Joseph Martin Kraus' comic opera Solimann II. "Hünkar pesrevi" gradually builds with increasingly embellished instrumentation indigenous to the East--a far more convincing realization of the subject at hand compared to Kraus' brief though lively march.

In the notes we're told that Concerto Köln and Sarband have presented programs like this for many years, mostly throughout Europe, to great acclaim. And yet, as with so many "concept" productions, the actual sound of the music refutes the purported musical/stylistic relationships. And so despite excellent sonics and fine performances, what we basically have here is a selection of unrelated pieces in distinct styles--and if you don't care about that and you're still intrigued by the "concept", then by all means, give this a listen.

--John Greene, Classics Today
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Concerto turco nominato "Izia semaisi" by Traditional
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Written: Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
La rencontre imprévue: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Allegro by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Marcia di Roxelana by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Marcia del sultano by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Marcia degli schiavi by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Danza di Elmira by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Marcia dei Giannizzari by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: Marcia dei dervisci by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Synfonia Turchesca in C major by Franz Xaver Süssmayer
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 9 Secs. 
12.
Sonata yürük semai by Traditional
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Written: Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Vladimir Ivanoff. 
13.
Ussak pesrevi by Zurnazen Ibrahim Aga
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Mahur pesrevi by Tatar Han Gazi Giray
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
15.
Hunkar pesrevi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Written: Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Neva Ilahi by Traditional
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Written: Turkey 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
17.
Hüseynî Ilâhî by Traditional
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
18.
Soliman II, or The Three Sultanas: La coronazione by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Vladimir Ivanoff,  Werner Ehrhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarband,  Concerto Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Melanchthon Church, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Improvised Introduction To The Overture Of Mozart's "Entführung aus dem Serail"
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 - Reconstructed And Edited With Authentic Concert Ending After The "Harmoniemusik" By Bastiaan Blomhert: Overture
Improvised Introduction To Toderini's "Concerto turco"
Concerto turco nominato izia semaisi
Hicaz Son yürük sema'i
La Rencontre imprévue: Overture
Improvised Introduction To The Pesrev "Zurnazem Ibrahim Aga"
Ussak pesrevi
Mahur Pesrevi
Soliman den andra: Allegro (Ballet)
Improvised Introduction To "Hunkar pesrevi"
Hünkär pesrevi
Soliman den andra: Marcia del Sultano
Soliman den andra: Marcia degli schiavi
Soliman den andra: Danza di Elmira
Soliman den andra: Marcia degli Giannizari
Neva Ilahi - With Improvisation As Middle Part
Soliman den andra: Marcia di Roxelana
Improvised Introduction To "La conorazione" From Kraus' "Soliman den andra"
Soliman den andra: La Coronazione
Hüseyni Ilahi
Soliman den andra: Marcia degli dervisci
Synfonia turchesca: 1. Allegro
Synfonia turchesca: 2. Adagio
Synfonia turchesca: 3. [Menuet] - With Improvised Introduction
Synfonia turchesca: 4. [Without Tempo Indication]

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