Café: Orient meets Occident

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Several musicians, including Jordi Savall, have tried to get a grip on the substantial musical interchange between western Europe and the Ottoman Turks that took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, culminating in no less a work than Beethoven's "Ninth." This release is among the most interesting in this vein, partly because it comes from a Turkish perspective. Istanbul's Pera Ensemble under Mehmet C. Yesilcay offers a wide-ranging program that touches on many facets of the European-Turkish relationship. The majority of the music is Western, but is played on a mixed ensemble of Western and Turkish instruments, with subtle, delightful effects. The performers do not seem ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Several musicians, including Jordi Savall, have tried to get a grip on the substantial musical interchange between western Europe and the Ottoman Turks that took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, culminating in no less a work than Beethoven's "Ninth." This release is among the most interesting in this vein, partly because it comes from a Turkish perspective. Istanbul's Pera Ensemble under Mehmet C. Yesilcay offers a wide-ranging program that touches on many facets of the European-Turkish relationship. The majority of the music is Western, but is played on a mixed ensemble of Western and Turkish instruments, with subtle, delightful effects. The performers do not seem to be suggesting that settings like this were actually terribly frequent during the period under discussion, but sometimes, with a fresh area of musical performance, the best way to make things clear is to do something a bit speculative. The interaction occurred on both sides: several Western musicians, by choice or by necessity, lived in Turkey and began to notate what they heard. But the cultural influence was wider in the other direction and even included the popularity of coffee, which was introduced to Austria after Turkish troops left sacks of it behind during the Siege of Vienna in 1683. Thus the program includes not just Turkish-style pieces, like Fux's "Janitschara" track 11 and the "Marche pour la cérémonie Turcs" of Lully track 1, written for the most important Western manifestation of the cultural clash, Molière's play Le bourgeois gentilhomme, but also opera arias linked to the Turkish theme by no stronger bond than that the composer might have been inspired by drinking coffee. It sounds a bit off the wall, but the listener comes away with a new sense of the cultural mixtures involved in this early stage of "orientalism." And who's to say that the Turks did not at times arrange performances of Western music, which their diplomatic corps would have known well? Novel and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • UPC: 885470004006
  • Catalog Number: 300400
  • Sales rank: 124,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Marche pour la cérémonie Tures - Pera Ensemble (1:45)
  2. 2 Alto giove, è tua grazia e tuo vanto - Pera Ensemble (4:14)
  3. 3 Canarios - Pera Ensemble (2:44)
  4. 4 Eviç Karçe: Geldi cevher tigi ates barina ayineden - Pera Ensemble (3:26)
  5. 5 Che si può fare - Pera Ensemble (5:54)
  6. 6 Air des Espagnols ("Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme") / Semai - Pera Ensemble (5:06)
  7. 7 Ho nel petto un cor si forte - Pera Ensemble (7:10)
  8. 8 La Follia - Pera Ensemble (7:21)
  9. 9 Un pensiero voli in ciel - Pera Ensemble (4:13)
  10. 10 Rast Murassa - Pera Ensemble (4:08)
  11. 11 Janitschara - Pera Ensemble (1:38)
  12. 12 In bracio a mille furie - Pera Ensemble (3:22)
  13. 13 Uzzal Pesrev - Pera Ensemble (3:28)
  14. 14 No, no, ch'io non - Pera Ensemble (3:20)
  15. 15 Largo - Pera Ensemble (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pera Ensemble Primary Artist, Ensemble
Valer Barna-Sabadus Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Arcangelo Corelli Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Jean-Baptiste Lully Composer
Barbara Strozzi Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Johann Joseph Fux Composer
Nicola Porpora Composer
Gaspar Sanz Composer
Janet Berridge Text Translation, Liner Note Translation
Mehmet Cemal Yesilçay Arranger, Director, Liner Notes
Michael Berridge Text Translation, Liner Note Translation
Christoph Stickel Mastering
Murad IV Composer
Various Composers Composer
Anonymous Composer
Michael Windgassen Text Translation
Sandra Sinsch Liner Notes
Sig Brunacci Text
Ebu Bekir Aga Composer
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