Ottorino Respighi. Belkis, Queen of Sheba
Julia Jentsch: narratress
Stella Doufexis, mezzosopran
Metodi Morartzaliev, tenor
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Catalog number: 21079 (DVD) / 21081 (BluRay Disc)
In June 2012 Ottorino Respighi’s ballet music “Belkis, Queen of Sheba” was given its German premiere in Stuttgart – this was only the second performance of the work ever, almost 80 years after its first performance at La Scala in Milan. It was one of Respighi’s last great works and the ballet was considered difficult to produce at the time it was written. Some 600 participants let one realize why the work had to wait more than half a century for a second chance. The Stuttgart Philharmonic helped bring the long-silent masterpiece to a triumphal come-back in a concert performance with Julia Jentsch as narratress, the mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis and the Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno. This is a unique music film, which goes way beyond the scope of the normal concert recording and tells the mythical story of the legendary Queen of Sheba. She undertook an arduous journey of many years through the desert and wastes to follows the call of King Solomon – a fairy-tale from a thousand and one nights, about beauty, power and wealth.
Catalog number: 21056
Brahms and Bremen
Catalog number 21070
Works by Daniel Schnyder and Nader Mashayekhi &
The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück has dedicated itself since 2005 to the fascinating music of the Near East. It regards itself as a co-working space for musicians from various cultures. In 2010 a very special summit meeting took place: The NDR Bigband from Hamburg and the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra met amazing soloists from Syria, Lebanon and the autonomous region of Xinjiang in northwest China. It was also the first time that this legendary Bigband had worked together with a symphony orchestra. Daniel Schnyder arranged some of his works especially for this event. Wolf Kerschek transcribed two songs from the repertoire of Ibrahim Keivo, an exceptional singer from the region Al Jazira in northeaster Syria.