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Dream of the Orient [Import]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Christopher Willibald Gluck , Werner Ehrhardt , Concerto Koln , Sarband Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Christopher Willibald Gluck, Werner Ehrhardt, Concerto Koln, Sarband
  • Orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (January 10, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B00007L9PT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture To: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail
2. Concerto Turco
3. Traditional: Son Yuruk Sema
4. Gluck: Overture To: La Rencontre Imprevue
5. Introduction: Hunkar Pesrevi
6. Kraus: Marcia Del Sultano/Marcia Delgi Schiavi/Danza Di Elmira/Marcia Dei ...
7. Traditional: Neva Ilhai
8. Kraus: Marcia Di Roxelana
9. Introduction: La Coronazione
10. Traditional: Huseyni Ilahi
11. Kraus: Marcia Dei Dervisci
12. Sinfonia Tuchesca In C Major

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East Meets Wow! July 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD may well be the thinking man's and woman's crossover disc of the year, especially since the crossing-over is not from kitsch to classical and then back again, as in most of these joint-venture kinds of albums. Here, instead, we have a natural (well, in 18th-century terms, at least) pairing of forces-the classical orchestra and the Turkish battery of percussion. They really did get together, of course, in Mozart's and Haydn's day, as evidenced by The "Abduction from a Seraglio" and the "Military Symphony." And the fascinating historical backgrounds supplied in the notes to this recording (written by Werner Ehrhardt of Concerto Koln and Vladimir Ivanoff of Sarband) tell us that those batteries would often have been manned by Turkish musicians who had originally been assigned to ensembles sent as gifts by sultans to the courts of Europe. Though the ensembles were disbanded, the musicians stayed on, finding employment with European orchestras.
Thus half the disc features sets in which the Sarband percussion players join Concerto Koln for the music of Mozart, Gluck, Kraus, and Sussmayr. Lovers of so-called "Turkish" or "Janissary" music (of which I count myself one) may never hear these works with the same ears again. Not only do the Turkish instruments impart a special saltiness to the proceedings, but the freer, to-heck-with-the-bar-lines thinking of the Sarband players (read the notes for more about this) brings an extra military swagger to the proceedings that is unstoppable. The overture to the "Abduction" has never been this much of a thrill ride, and you'll probably wonder, too, why Gluck's "La Rencontre imprevue isn't a concert-hall sugarplum. Move over, "Russlan und Ludmilla"!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's business but the Turks February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Light-hearted and profound, this represents the best of the "what if?" concept compilations, taking "Eastern"-influenced 18th century European music and putting the Turkish instruments and musicians right back into the mix. As often happens in such cases, the synthesis is greater than the sum of its parts, and the result is a "Big Band Baroque" sound that will have you up on your feet and doing dervishlike spins around the living room in no time.
Also, this album offers another view of the "musical alchemy" powers of Concerto Koln. If these fine folks can thrust Dall'abaco back into the spotlight after centuries of obscurity, there is no telling what other feats they may be able to pull off in the years ahead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punch, precision and panache July 8, 2003
By Cynthia
Format:Audio CD
Dream of the Orient is a wonderful album that explores 18th century Europe's concept of Turkish music and the real thing. It combines the talents of Concerto Koln - THE period instrument band (remember Rene Jacobs' Cosi fan tutte?) and the neat little Turkish ensemble Sarband. What is amazing is hearing the two together on certain tracks, which is rather daring since we are combining East and West, jazzy cadences with precision and punch, but it all comes off with a certain panache. My fav is the perfect rendering of Mozart's Overture to Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. It is incredible. That take properly displays the power and touch of Mozart's awesome entrance. This is a marvelous CD.
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