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Sufi / Bach - Orient meets occident

Sufi / Bach - Orient meets occident

Item No. GMCD 7333

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Release Date: 15.01.2010

The Pocket Opera Company’s SUFI/BACH summer concerts as part of the 2008 Zurich festival presented a unique encounter between orient and occident on a musical level: Sufi songs (with dervish dancing) and Bach’s cantatas BWV 93 and 107. Orthodox Islam as well as some Christians are weary of the inherent power of music to elicit sensual pleasure and thus subjugate the power of the word. Thus, Saint Hieronymus rejected singing as the making of the devil. His view was defeated, however, by Saint Ambrosias, who introduced music, an angelic art, into liturgy, as a means to express the inexpressible. Islam, however, to this day includes the Order of the Sufi which is dedicated to music and consciously uses the power of music to elicit trance and ecstasy as a religious practice, thus allowing for pleasure and sensual experience. The famous circular dance of the Dervish is an example of this. By juxtaposing both forms of music, riveting the Zurich audiences in the fully packed church, we explored both commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity while discovering a similarly mystical effect of music in approaching spirituality in both religions. Our production explored the possibility of transporting the idealised word of both religions into a sensual experience, even achieving ecstatic effects with Bach’s formally strict cantatas.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Cantata BWV 93 - I. Chorus - Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Choir: Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Roswitha Müller (alto), Simon Witzig (tenor), René Perler (bass); Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 5:34
02 Cantata BWV 93 - II. Recitative bass - Was helfen uns die schweren Sorgen JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Marcus Niedermeyr (bass), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 1:46
03 Cantata BWV 93 - III. Aria tenor - Man halte nur ein wenig stille JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Jan-Martin Mächler (tenor), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:42
04 Cantata BWV 93 - IV. Duet soprano/alto -Er kennt die rechten Freudenstunden JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Roswitha Müller (alto); Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:22
05 Cantata BWV 93 - V. Recitative tenor - Denk nicht in deiner Drangsalshitze JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Jan-Martin Mächler (tenor), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:22
06 Cantata BWV 93 - VI. Aria soprano - Ich will auf den Herren schaun JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Eva Oltiványi (soprano; Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:37
07 Cantata BWV 93 - VII. Chorale - Sing, bet und geh auf Gottes Wegen JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Choir: Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Roswitha Müller (alto), Simon Witzig (tenor), René Perler (bass); Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 0:58
08 Ney Taksimi - Ney improvisation SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:32
09 Segâh chorale: Tekbir - Prayer SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:24
10 Segâh chorale: Salâtü ümmiyye - Praise the Prophet SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 1:13
11 Hüzzam chorale: Ey Allahým Beni senden ayýrma - Oh my Allah don’t separate me from you SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:22
12 Segâh chorale: Dinle Sözümü sana direm, özge edadýr - Listen to my message SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:18
13 Tanbur Taksimi, Hicaz chorale: Mevlam sana ersem diye - Tanbur improvisation, My Lord I reach out to you SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 4:38
14 Hicaz chorale: Gece gündüz döne döne - Whirling Day and Night SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:19
15 Hicaz chorales: Gelin gidelim efendim/Gönül hayran oluptur ask elinden/Allah hu allah - Let’s go my Lord/The heart admires the cause of love/Oh lovers Illallah Hu! SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 3:21
16 Kanun taksimi ve Keman taksimi - Kanun and keman improvisation SUFI Sufi-Ensemble: Burhan Öçal (leader and kudum), Mustafa Özoruç (soloist), Ahmet Kaya (neyzen), Hulisi Babalik (tanbur), Sercan Halili (kemençe), Serkan Mesut Halili (kanun), Volkan Gümüslü (keman) 2:34
17 Cantata BWV 107 - I. Chous - Was willst du dich betrüben JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Choir: Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Roswitha Müller (alto), Simon Witzig (tenor), René Perler (bass); Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 3:48
18 Cantata BWV 107 - II. Recitative bass - Denn Gott verlässet keinen JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Marcus Niedermeyr (bass), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 0:56
19 Cantata BWV 107 - III. Aria bass - Auf ihn magst du es wagen JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Marcus Niedermeyr (bass), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:46
20 Cantata BWV 107 - IV. Aria tenor - Wenn auch gleich aus der Höllen JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Jan-Martin Mächler (tenor), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:20
21 Cantata BWV 107 - V. Aria soprano - Er richts zu seinen Ehren JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:37
22 Cantata BWV 107 - VI. Aria tenor - Drum ich mich ihm ergebe JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Jan-Martin Mächler (tenor), Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 2:34
23 Cantata BWV 107 - VII. Chorale - Herr, gib, dass ich dein Ehre JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Choir: Eva Oltiványi (soprano), Roswitha Müller (alto), Simon Witzig (tenor), René Perler (bass); Die Freitagsakademie on period instruments - Stephen Smith (chamber organ), Howard Griffiths (conductor) 1:52
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