THE WALTZ-ECSTASY AND MYSTICISM Sarband 4775420

The idea that Western classical music exists in some exquisite cultural vacuum is again
put to the lie by this second collaboration between Germany's Concerto Köln and
Turkish ensemble Sarband. Blurring the line between the 3/4 time signatures of
European waltzes and the 3/4 time signatures of the mystical music of the Sufis, pieces
by Beethoven, Mozart and others are presented alongside traditional Turkish music.
However, the fusion doesn't end in the programming of the disc; both groups participate in all the performances in a truly collaborative approach. The result is a cross-cultural revelation that puts both musical forms into new perspective.

. . . their obvious sense of contentment and mutual respect is echoed in the performances (nearly 30 movements), in some of which the players join their opposite numbers, to bold and fascinating effect . . . The recording is admirable, with the timbres of the individual instruments as attractively caught as is the complete ensemble. I said of the previous CD, 'here is an exciting and unusual issue'; its successor would make a delightful present for the record collector who is thought to have everything.

Concerto Köln is a European chamber orchestra directed by Werner Ehrhardt; Sarband is a Turkish one, directed by Vladimir Ivanoff. In their second collaboration, dances in 3/4 time by Mozart, Beethoven, Johann Strauss, et al., are contrasted with music by Ottoman Turkish composers Abdi Efendi, Dede Efendi and Cantemir, who assimilated European waltz trends into their works. The performances are excellent, and the result is enlightening.

The two ensembles tackle everything with great charm and conviction. The crossover points between the two musical traditions are interesting but the differences are most instructive, particularly the contrast between the vigorous Viennese take on waltz rhythm and the more sinuous Turkish approach.

Das ist recht gewagt, funktioniert aber: Auf Dauer entwickelt die dezent produzierte CD einen beachtlichen Sog mit magischen Momenten wie im zweiminütigen "Dorduncu selâm" von Dede Efendi. Und die Grenzgänge zwischen weltlichen und spirituellen Elementen können für alle, deren Ohren gegenüber Neuerungen offen sind, eine Hörerfahrung der ganz besonderen Art werden.

Mehr Geschmack beweisen das Kammerorchester Concerto Köln und das Ensemble Sarband mit "The Waltz -- Ecstasy And Mysticism" . . . Hier wird stilsicher aus der Reihe getanzt. Tänze aus der Feder von Mozart, Beethoven oder Strauss wechseln sich ab mit osmanischer Kunstmusik. Westlich-klassisches und orientalisches Instrumentarium setzen jeweils behutsame Akzente, ohne an die Substanz der "fremden" Seite zu rühren. Ernst gemeint, ernsthaft gemacht.

Das Aufeinanderprallen und Ineinandergreifen zweier höchst unterschiedlicher Musiksprachen, das Mit- und Nebeneinander eines traditionellen Instrumentariums mit Rohrflöte, Fiedel, Trommel und Zither und der unseren Ohren vertrauteren westlichen Orchesterinstrumente fasziniert, zumal auf interpretatorischer Ebene keinerlei Wünsche offen bleiben. Ein in jeder Beziehung überraschendes Hörvergnügen!

Rêverie et tendresse, aussi.

La mezcla de sonoridades y ritmos, con el colorido propio de cada cultura, se funde en un álbum exquisito, que cautivará a todos aquellos que sueñen con oriente a la vez que esos otros que lleven el vals en la sangre. La artesanía sonora de Concerto Köln, se ve enriquecida por la genuina belleza de Sarband. Mágico.