PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION &
Markus Becker: Piano
Catalog number: 21085
This is not a crossover album! Two musical worlds are juxtaposed to shed new lights upon one other: 'Kiev' stands for the Russian Romanticism of the late 19th century, 'Chicago' for the cosmos of Jazz. How do these two vastly different worlds relate? When I was considering the concept for this album I found two aspects of the relationship between these worlds very interesting: one ‘external’, such as the 'groove' in some of the 'Pictures at an Exhibition' or the somewhat jazzy harmonies in the Scriabin Préludes. I was especially interested in the ‘internal’ connections between 'Kiev' and 'Chicago': it is the compositional or improvisational freedom, colours, generosity, temperament, potential for surprise and sensuality, which is the bridge between both parts of the programme.
Morgenland All Star Band
Catalog Number: 21086
The Morgenland All Star Band unites several of the most outstanding musical personalities from the Near Orient with Jazz greats such as Frederik Köster or Bodek Janke. Traditional Kurdic music meets Uighur Funk-Rock from north-west China and jazz from Azerbaijan. Special guest is the jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, who combines his musical biographical roots - Iraqi Maqam and American jazz: a global sound web full of tension, juxtapositions and surprises.
Live from the NDR Concert Hall in Hanover
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet (Iraq/USA)
Dima Orsho, voice (Syria)
Perhat Khaliq, voice & guitar (Xinjiang/ China)
Ibrahim Keivo, voice (Syria)
Ziya Gückan, violin (Turkey)
Moslem Rahal, ney (Syria)
Frederik Köster, trumpet (Germany)
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet (Syria)
Salman Gambarov, piano (Azerbaijan)
Andreas Müller, bass (Germany)
Rony Barrak, percussion (Lebanon)
Bodek Janke, drums & percussion (Germany)
Recorded by Walter Quintus. A co-production with NDR
Libretto with texts of Angelo Maria Rippelino, Julius Fucik, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Wladimir Majakowskij, Henri Alleg and Bertolt Brecht
Intolleranza 1960 was Luigi Nono's first work for the opera stage and is a flaming protest against intolerance and oppression and the violation of human dignity. The year in the title refers to the time of the work's origin. It was commissioned for the 1969 Venice Biennale by its director Mario Labroca. The first performance was conducted by Bruno Maderna on 13 April 1961 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The premiere was disrupted by neo-fascists, who shouted "Viva la polizia" during the torture scene. Nono's opponents accused him of poisoning Italian music.