Russen in Amsterdam
Feb 10 2011
Eastanbul: This is no spelling error, but the translation of the composer’s impression of the great metropolis situated on the border of Asia and Europe. Vladimir Tarnopolsky temporarily exchanged Moscow for Turkey’s biggest city and presents a musical account of it, characterised by his typical exuberance. He had actually planned a ‘Westanbul’, however it was to become anEastanbul. Music by his colleague Valery Voronov, fifteen years his junior, has been performed by Asko|Schönberg in the past, however, the première of a composition especially composed for the ensemble is a novelty. Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death is a cornerstone of Russian music, as is evident from the numerous arrangements that have been made of the work. Following in the footsteps of Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovitch, Alexander Raskatov has not only placed his stamp upon the work as an orchestrator during our era, but has become the first to also add notes of his own invention to the work.
Songs and Dances of Death (arr. Aleksandr Raskatov)
Aus dem stillen Raume… (commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Asko|Schönberg)
Eastanbul (Commissioned by Ensemble Modern and Siemens Arts Program in the context of „into Istanbul” – “into…” A project by Ensemble Modern and Siemens Arts Program, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut)
Reinbert de Leeuw