Mozart l'Égyptien 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Hughes de Courson, member of the vintage French folk group Malicorne, has launched a new career as a musical fusionist on a grand scale. First he gave us Lambarena: Bach to Africa, which, in tribute to Albert Schweitzer, combined the religious music of J.S. Bach with the music of the Gabonese peoples of Africa. On Mozart l'égyptien, Courson unites the mostly secular music of W.A. Mozart with the traditional music of Egypt. Even though efforts to blend classical and other forms of music are often disasters e.g. playing The Four Seasons with a jazz ensemble, this one works and works well. It helps that Egyptian music has the complexity and emotional depth necessary to stand ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Hughes de Courson, member of the vintage French folk group Malicorne, has launched a new career as a musical fusionist on a grand scale. First he gave us Lambarena: Bach to Africa, which, in tribute to Albert Schweitzer, combined the religious music of J.S. Bach with the music of the Gabonese peoples of Africa. On Mozart l'égyptien, Courson unites the mostly secular music of W.A. Mozart with the traditional music of Egypt. Even though efforts to blend classical and other forms of music are often disasters e.g. playing The Four Seasons with a jazz ensemble, this one works and works well. It helps that Egyptian music has the complexity and emotional depth necessary to stand up to Mozart. One of the composers most famous movements, the opening to "Symphony No. 40 in G minor" is matched to one of the Middle East's most famous melodies, "Lama Bada Yatathenna." The one-on-one confrontations are even more daring, as in the "Concerto for Oud and Piano No. 23," where the oud performs one of those long preludes typical of Arabic music that leads, as if by magic, to the piano theme, which it weaves in and out of. This piece, like the others on the album, was arranged by Courson along with the Bulgarian musician Teg and the Egyptian Nasredine Dalil. The high point of the album is a hybridization of the "Requiem" with Islamic chant and a Coptic piece sung by a ten-year old girl. It is possible to listen to this piece and hear a sort of music that has never existed in any country but that of the imagination. A breathtaking tour de force.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Virgin France
  • UPC: 094636875729
  • Catalog Number: 368757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ikhtitaf fi Assareva, song (6:40)
  2. 2 Double Quatuor en fa, for string quartet & traditional instruments (aft (5:31)
  3. 3 Lamma Bada Yatathenna Symphonie No. 40, for voices & traditional ensemb (4:48)
  4. 4 Mahdiyat, for voices (after Mozart's Berceuse) (2:09)
  5. 5 Concerto for oud & piano "No. 23" (7:21)
  6. 6 Hamilu Lhawa Tahibou, song (after Papageno's Aria No. 20 from Mozart's (3:25)
  7. 7 Yaman Hawa (Thomas King of Egypt), song (4:49)
  8. 8 Mawwall, song (after Mozart) (5:03)
  9. 9 Double Quatuor en mi bemol, for clarinet, string quartet & traditional (7:24)
  10. 10 Ouazat Al Kahira, song (after Mozart's L'Oie du Caire) (3:01)
  11. 11 Symphonie Egyptienne, for traditional ensemble (after Mozart's Symphony (6:41)
  12. 12 Dhikr / Requiem / Golgotha, for voices, children's chorus & orchestra (10:59)
  13. 13 Al Riyah, song (after Mozart) (7:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Al Bedaya, song (after Mozart) (1:48)
  2. 2 Mozart L'Egyptien, song (6:51)
  3. 3 Al Sahm al Taéh, song (4:58)
  4. 4 Concerto for kaval & flute "Alatul" (6:24)
  5. 5 Al Sahara, song (after Mozart) (6:25)
  6. 6 Al Maghfera (le Pardon), song (after Mozart) (7:46)
  7. 7 Ninna Nam (le Pardon), song (after Mozart) (1:21)
  8. 8 Al Raqs, for traditional ensemble (after Mozart) (3:14)
  9. 9 Ya Shady Symphony, for voice & orchestra (5:41)
  10. 10 Quintette d'Alexandrie, for traditional ensemble (after Mozart) (3:49)
  11. 11 La Reine des mille et une nuits, song (after Mozart) (3:37)
  12. 12 Marche Egyptienne, for traditional ensemble (after Mozart) (3:27)
  13. 13 Layla Misriya, for traditional ensemble (after Mozart) (5:22)
  14. 14 La Querelle au Serail, song (after Mozart) (7:25)
  15. 15 Priere Nubienne (Mawal), song (after Mozart) (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hughes de Courson Primary Artist
Henri Agnel Oud
Jim Cuomo Clarinet
Youenn Leberre Flute
Mustafa Abdel Aziz Arghoul
Evelina Arabadjieva Violin
Osvaldo Calo Piano, Harpsichord
Ibrahim Kowala Kavala
Mohamed Moustafa Rababah
Mamdouh el Gebaly Oud
Theodosii Spassov kaval
Ragab Sadek Percussion, Tabla, Sagat
Nasredine Dalil Vocals, Transverse Flute
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Valentin Gherov Viola
Borislav Iozov Clarinet
Ivan Péev Violin
Cristo Tanev Cello
Deyan Pavlov Conductor
Elka Zaharieva Cello
Reda Bdir Nay
Majid Sourour Qanoun
Mahmoud Osman Viola
Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Mario Angelov Piano
Alain Aubin Vocals
Children's Choir of Radio Sofia Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Rabah Dalil Darbouka, Derboukha
Nabil Diab Tabla
Samira Donya Chant
Groupe David Vocals
Sheikh Mohammed el Helbany Vocals
Vanina Ivanova Vocals
George Kyrillos Oud
Hassan el Meghannawaty Vocals
Rosen Ovtcharov Clarinet
Ibrahim Shahin Kavala
Reda Shiha Vocals
Safwat Sourour Tabla
Dimiter Stankov Viola
Ahmed Saad Vocals
Ahmed Bedier Percussion, Tabla
Yamen Abdallah Qanoun
Kremena Avheva Flute
Mohammed Naï Fouda Nai
Ensemble du Carie Ensemble
Abdo Dagher Violin
Amin Shahin Arghoul
Nabil Dieb Tabla
Sayed Gayer Vocals
Mohammed El Helbany Vocals
Dorina Markova Violin
Salama Metwaly Rababah
Slavcho Mladenov Oboe
Wafaa el Morsy Vocals
Sheikh Saïd el Mougy Vocals
Orchestre Symphonique d Bulgarie Performing Ensemble
Saleh el Artist Accordion
Amira Selim Vocals
Ibrahim el Shazly Percussion, Tabla
Abdelwahab Shihata Vocals
Mahmoud Sourour Rababah
Mounir Wasfy Vocals
Teodossi Spassov kaval
Monita George Vocals
Sheikh Saïd el Mougy Vocals
Borislav Iokov Clarinet
Reda Bedeir Nay
Amr Hassan Vocals
Elka Zacharieva Cello
Mohammed Fouda Nai
Valentin Gerov Viola
Mostafa Abd el Aziz Arghoul
Youenn Le Berre Flute
May Vocals
Maged Sourour Qanoun
Mamdouh el Gebal Oud
Ahmed Bedeir Percussion, Tabla
Mohammed Mostafa Rababah
Hassan el Megannawaty Vocals
Christo Tanev Cello
Ibrahim Kawala Kavala
Ibrahim el Shazly Percussion, Tabla
Sofia Radio Chorus Choir, Chorus
Milen Nachev Conductor
Milen Natchev Conductor
Technical Credits
Jean-Marc Pinaud Engineer
Ragab Sadek Contributor
Nasredine Dalil Composer, Producer
David Dean White Engineer, Executive Producer
Khaled Dagher Composer, Director
Azzedine Alaoui Text Selection
Rabah Dalil Contributor
Ashraf Essam Contributor
Ahmed Bedier Contributor
Ahmed al Maghraby Executive Producer
Ibrahim el Shazly Contributor
Hughes de Courson Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
David White Engineer, Executive Producer
Ahmed Bedeir Contributor
Ibrahim el Shazly Contributor
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