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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Balakirev; Erkin; Ippolitov-Ivanov / Borusan Istanbul PO, Goetzel

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhaylovich : Caucasian Sketches, suite for orchestra, Op. 10
>Erkin, Ulvi Cemal : Köçekçe, dance rhapsody for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Under the direction of Sascha Goetzel, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra has built a formidable reputation as one of the most creative and exciting orchestras in Europe. The group's first two CDs for Onyx were extremely well received by critics around the world. Since it was founded, the orchestra has worked to become a showcase for music from different traditions. This new recording explores the eastern musical roots of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, identifying elements from the eastern side of the Bosphorus which have impinged on the Western cultural background of these composers.

The Times, 25th July 2014
As always, Goetzel's orchestra buckles down with a boisterous energy that disarms criticism.

The Observer, 27th July 2014
It might not be the ultimate performance ofScheherazade, but the exotic interpolations refresh this overplayed work and the many solo passages are played with panache.

Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 4th August 2014
The interludes work beautifully as palate-cleansers and serve to throw the music which surrounds them into sharper relief...The Borusan forces offer some of the most vital, vivid orchestral playing I've heard in a long time, whether throwing new light on an established warhorse or introducing us to relative rarities - I urge you to give them a whirl.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
[Scheherazade] is a work that well demonstrates the orchestra's virtues, which include not only a fine set of principals who have their individual voices in the brighly hued scoring but an overall warmth of tone and precision of ensemble and intonation that are hard won by newly formed orchestras. This is an attractive performance, vigorous of impulse and...pleasingly sensuous.

International Record Review, October 2014
A terrific recording ... Goetzel paces the work extremely convincingly ... For daring, exotic colour, this is the most beguiling Sheherazade to have entertained me for some time.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
What I can say for sure is that this Scheherazade is more Eastern than many performances on record. I can also say this Istanbul-based orchestra is a darned good ensemble, especially for one that's been a full-sized, full-time orchestra only since 1999. The recorded sound is fine - fairly clean, with a good, spacious feel to the instrumental placement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Istinye, Istanbul (02/11/2014-02/15/2014).



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>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
  • Performer: Pelin Halkaci (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Istinye, Istanbul (02/11/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Notes: Istinye, Istanbul (02/11/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhaylovich : Caucasian Sketches, suite for orchestra, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Notes: Istinye, Istanbul (02/11/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Erkin, Ulvi Cemal : Köçekçe, dance rhapsody for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Notes: Istinye, Istanbul (02/11/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943