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Baroque Oriental / Barna-Sabadus, Pera Ensemble

Monteverdi / Pera Ensemble / Barna-sabadus
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 300275  
Composer:  AnonymousAngelo Michele BartolottiGiulio CacciniBellerofonte Castaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album is based on the not-too-farfetched premise that there were stylistically similar musical ideas adrift in the Mediterranean basin in the 16th and 17th centuries in European and Byzantine cultures. Pera Ensemble, founded in Istanbul in 2005 by Mehmet C. Yesilçay and Ihsan Özer, is dedicated to exploring European and Byzantine music not in an attempt to synthesize it but to point to the elements that show that the disparity between them was not nearly as great as is usually assumed. Both cultures had a strong tradition of improvisation and the album includes several tracks of improvised solos and ensembles; the group improvisation on track 11, featuring the sînekeman (a viola d'amore), is one of the lyrical Read more highlights of the album. The use of ornamentation and improvisation was a given in Monteverdi, and it's not hard to imagine that the modal inflections in the accompaniment to this performance of his madrigal Si dolce é'l tormento, though recognizably Eastern, would have been heard as legitimate. Other Italian composers include Rossi, Caccini, and Angelo Michele Bartoletti. Wojciech Bobowski, who was born in Poland but kidnapped and brought to Istanbul, represents a bridge between cultures. He converted to Islam, changed his name to Ali Ufkî and became one of the most important Byzantine composers. Pera Ensemble uses a mix of Eastern and Western instruments, including oud, qanun, kemence, viola d'amore, viola da gamba, theorbo, shawm, and an assortment of percussion instruments. The combination offers a sound that broadens but does not distort the colors of a traditional Western consort. Romanian countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus has an attractive, exceptionally robust sound that could make it easy to mistake him for a mezzo-soprano, and he deploys it with uninhibited athleticism. The sound is clean, detailed, and realistically present. This beautifully produced album should appeal to fans of the early Baroque, as well as anyone with an interest in Byzantine music.

- Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1. Ciaccona di Paradiso by Anonymous
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
2. Rast Semai by Anonymous
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
3. Propinan de melyor by Anonymous
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Spain 
4. Passacaglia by Angelo Michele Bartolotti
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Notes: Performed in two versions. 
5. Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Dalla porta d'oriente by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
6. Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
7. Capricci a 2 stromenti cioè tiorba e tiorbino e per sonar solo: Ritornello no 1 for Theorbo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1622; Italy 
8. Trattenimento per camera, Op. 22: no 8, Ballo delle ombre by Maurizio Cazzati
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1660; Italy 
9. Bayati Peşrev by Mesut Cemil Bey
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
10. Madrigals, Book 9: Si dolce è'l tormento by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1624; Italy 
11. L'Orfeo: Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
12. L'Orfeo: Lasciate i monti by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
13. L'Orfeo: Vanne Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
14. Madrigals, Book 9: La mia turca che d'amore by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Italy 
15. Biz Alûde-i Sagar-i Bâdeyiz by Hâfız Post
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
16. Mio ben decoil tormento più by Luigi Rossi
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
17. Türki Beray by Ali Ufkî
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
18. Galliarda napolitana by Antonio Valente
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mehmet C. Yesicay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Naples, Italy 

Sound Samples

Si dolce e'l tormento, SV 332 (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble)
Ciaccona paradiso, Canzonette Spirituali, e Morali [Milano, 1677]
Orfeo (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble): Orfeo: Mio ben decoil tormento piu (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble)
L'Orfeo (arr. M.C. Yesilcay): Act II: Vi ricorda, o boschi amorosi
L'Orfeo (arr. M.C. Yesilcay): Act I: Lasciate i monti
Rehavi yuruk semai (Biz alude-i sagar-ibadeyiz)
L'Orfeo (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for chamber ensemble): L'Orfeo, Act V: Vanne Orfeo, felice appieno (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for chamber ensemble)
Solo Def
Dalla porta d'oriente (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble)
Improvisation for Viola d'Amore
Improvisation for Viola d'Amore (after M. Cazzati's Trattenimenti per camera: No. 8. Ballo delle ombre)
La mia turca che d'amor, SV 310 (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble)
Passacaglia (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for guitar)
Improvisation for Qanun (after A. Bartolotti)
Passacaglia (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for chamber ensemble)
Turki Beray
Rast semai
Le nuove musiche (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble): Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis) (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for voice and chamber ensemble)
Propinan De Melyor - Pisrev-I Sukufezar Naziresi
Intavolatura di cimbalo (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for chamber ensemble): Intavolatura di cimbalo: No. 5. Gallarda napolitana (arr. M.C. Yesilcay for chamber ensemble)
Bayati pesrev
Ritornello No. 1

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