Magic Dances is a collection dedicated to Oriental Dance , in which we endeavour to produce music that meets the needs of the most creative dancers. All Pieces are original and recorded in Egypt by the finest Arabic musicans.
The work pursues two main aims , to offer the most inspirational pieces to dance either without sword , and to create mysterious ambient music with an Egyptian flair to enjoy at a party or just relaxing.
Music by Ahmed Abdel Fattah
Par tradition, l'histoire des sciences (occidentale) considère que le rôle des grandes civilisations arabes du VIIIe siècle à la Renaissance a été celui d'une « courroie de transmission » entre les savoirs de la Grèce antique et la science moderne. Nombre de travaux sont venus battre en brèche cette vision simpliste …
This disc strikes me as an ideal introduction to the music of Turkey’s greatest composer. Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s style might be described as “Szymanowski with a primal rhythmic feel.” If you love the composer’s First Violin Concerto then you will find here a very similar exoticism, nocturnal atmosphere, and love of voluptuous textures. The harmonic style is intensely chromatic, but also highly melodic. Like Bartók in his last period, Saygun’s handling of tonality mellowed toward the end of his life, which makes the Cello Concerto more consonant than the Viola Concerto, but both works are absolutely gorgeous and masterpieces of their kind. It’s positively criminal that no one plays these pieces regularly in concert. The performances here are excellent. Tim Hugh is a well-known cellist, and he pours on the tone with all of the rhapsodic abandon that Saygun requires. Mirjam Tschopp also is a superb violist, with a big, beefy tone that never gets swamped by the intricate orchestration. It’s also very rewarding to hear a Turkish orchestra in this music–and to find that it plays beautifully under Howard Griffiths.