At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Introduction on the Frame Drum
Ayin Raksı (Ritual Dance)
Livre des Prodiges (Book of Marvels)
Excerpts from El amor brujo
Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail, (gradual stylistic transformation)
Exotic, sensual and above all sophisticated: the concert presented by the Bundesjugendorchester under the direction of Howard Griffiths is in a class of its own! While it is a truism that East and West have cultivated a lively exchange for centuries, seldom has that tradition of cross-fertilization been so brightly spotlighted.
How many in Germany know the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun, whose music is so obviously influenced by French Impressionism? Or the Moroccan-born French composer Maurice Ohana, whose Livre des Prodiges (Book of Marvels) provides us with something of a motto for this striking concert bridging the Christian and Muslim cultures. In any case, there is an abundance of musical marvels to be discovered in this programme. Let’s pause for a moment in Morocco: that the music of North Africa has inspired numerous composers with Spanish legacy will be evident from the performance of familiar works by Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel.
Yet the next generation’s elite orchestral musicians aren’t satisfied merely with tracing East-West musical connections of the past. For its interpretation of the overture to Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail the German Youth Orchestra has come up with something quite special. The ensemble will be joined by percussion and frame drum virtuoso Murat Coşkun (b. 1972).